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ApnaCircle-Viadeo Acquires Social Networking Company Unyk

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The recently merged combined entity, ApnaCircle-Viadeo, has announced the acquisition of Unyk, a Canadian social networking site. This acquisition includes Unyk’s membership of 16 million users, which is growing at a rate of 600,000 new members each month. Unyk members will now become ApnaCircle- Viadeo members, bringing the global network to over 25 million users and increasing the growth rate of over one million users per month. This acquisition will also help the Indian members of ApnaCircle to double their reach and also will help in increasing the growth rate of ApnaCircle’s network to 150 thousand users per month.  

“This acquisition will help us to grow Indian market organically. This will also get us critical mass, while providing greater usability and value to our members through Unyk’s smart address book and synchronization technology. We have been growing at a substantial pace and I am sure this acquisition will help us to grow further,” commented Yogesh Bansal, Founder & CEO ApnaCircle and Board of Director, Viadeo. 

“This acquisition is highly complementary and more than doubles Viadeo’s network, while strengthening our global and local market presence.  Our strategy continues to be to develop networks throughout Europe and emerging countries and with this acquisition I believe we have significantly strengthened our market position and offering, particularly throughout Mexico, Brazil and India, and now have a North American presence, with 4 million members throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.  We’re building a global platform, but remain committed to developing local offerings specific to each market we service, one of our key competitive differentiators. On behalf of the management team and Board, I would like to welcome the Unyk team to our family,” commented Dan Serfaty, CEO of Viadeo.  

Unyk is the first smart and private address book that updates itself and is used primarily by business professionals looking to keep multiple address books current with the latest and simplest technology.  The Company possesses strong and innovative technology services with its core differentiator, a synchronization tool that enables members to seamlessly merge their address books from Outlook, webmail, cell phones and more.  With Unyk, users are able to access a consolidated and up-to-date address book, anytime from anywhere.  Launched in September 2005, Unyk has a global network spanning 180 countries, managing 870 million contacts globally.   

About ApnaCircle
Incepted in June 2007, ApnaCircle.com is India’s first social and career networking site that has been a platform for passive job search. Its passive job seeking approach is not intrusive and in addition it offers the fun element as well. This localized and Indianized career and social networking site gives the right opportunity to users to express and share the relevant information that helps them to achieve recognition. In addition to providing Indian content, the networking site’s merger with Viadeo, the leading professional networking site, will allow the Indian users to interact with more evolved consumers from Europe, China and other parts of the globe.  

About Viadeo
Founded in June 2004, Viadeo quickly established itself as an essential tool for professional networking in Europe and beyond.  Since then, with 25 million members, Viadeo is used by those who want to increase their business opportunities (to discover new clients, staff and business partners), enhance their visibility and their online reputation, and manage and develop their network of professional contacts. Viadeo’s members consist of business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a diverse range of businesses both start-up and well established.  Each day Viadeo attracts more than 30,000 new members; 100,000 new connections are made and over 2 million profiles are viewed.  Based in Paris (head office), Viadeo also has offices and teams in the UK (London), Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan), China (Beijing), India (New Delhi), Mexico (Mexico City) and Montreal (Canada).  The company employs 200 staff worldwide.   

About Unyk
Unyk is the first smart and private address book that updates itself and is used primarily by business professionals looking to keep multiple address books current with the latest and simplest technology.  The Company possesses strong and innovative technology services with its core differentiator, a synchronization tool that enables members to seamlessly merge their address books from Outlook, webmail, cell phones and more.  With Unyk, users are able to access a consolidated and up-to-date address book, anytime from anywhere.  Launched in September 2005, Unyk has a global network spanning 180 countries, managing 870 million contacts globally. 

Can arrange an Interaction with Mr. Yogesh Bansal,CEO & Founder, ApnaCircle.com.

First Published: Wed, October 14 2009. 18:16 IST
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