Viadeo, one of the world’s largest business social networks, today announced that it has acquired Canadian-based Unyk, one of the leading social networking companies.
The acquisition includes Unyk’s membership of 16 million users, which is growing at a rate of 600,000 new members each month, a smart address book product and industry leading contact synchronization technology.
Unyk members will become Viadeo members, bringing the Viadeo network to over 25 million users and increasing the growth rate of the Viadeo network to over one million users per month.
Dan Serfaty, CEO of Viadeo commented, “This acquisition is highly complementary and more than doubles our subscriber base, 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.
Additionally, we now have a North American presence, with 4 million members in 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. We are currently profitable and anticipate this acquisition to be accretive within the first year of operations.
On behalf of the management team and Board, I would like to welcome the Unyk team to our family.”
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.
”Unyk’s unparalleled synchronization strategy and global membership meshes well with Viadeo’s member needs,” stated Sebastien Brault, President and Founder of Unyk.
“The combination of our smart address book and synchronization technology and Viadeo’s business social network is a combination unmatched by competitors today…and we intend to capitalize on this.”
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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