Whatever, a Wavre based ‘search’ company from Belgium, just released the beta of their MicroPlaza. This is a tool that combines the power of search, twitter and organizing your news. Review of Techcrunch here. Pretty cool. Also, the founder (Olivier Verbeke) and chairman (Philippe Lemmens, once my boss when he was CEO of Skynet) are a strong couple, although there are some catches and hurdles to overcome. But who hasn’t. Thumbs up.
Plus: I have 20 invites if you want to start using it – click here!
Also potentially a nice move: Netlog and Joost partner up to deliver Joost video via Netlog user base. Joost has been failing to get a lot of usage, and I’m not completely convinced of the demographic fit, but Netlog clearly might get some numbers for Joost. Both have the same investors (Index Ventures), so at least some intra-VC value gets created.
Except the initial (wrong) bet on the P2P technology (but who could know streaming video would become THAT good in only a year), I think another hurdle is the partnership proposal of Joost to broadcasters. They usually propose revenue share, but no TV company will never except that. Never. (disclaimer: I was President International at Netlog + Senior VP of Europe’s 2nd largets broadcaster some time ago)