Tariq Krim

Tariq Krim
Tariq Krim
Founder & CEO

Tariq Krim is the founder and CEO of Jolicloud, an ambitious startup trying to revolutionize the netbook operating system sphere with a custom OS designed to cater to the next generation of Internet users.

Jolicloud is backed by $4.2 million in venture capital funding from Atomico Ventures (formed by Kazaa and Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis) and Mangrove Capital Partners.

Krim is well known for having founded Netvibes, where he served as CEO from 2005 until late 2008.

Tariq Krim started his first online messaging system in France while attending elementary school and has been involved in the rise of the Internet in France. As a journalist, Tariq wrote some of the first articles reporting about the Internet in France. He mostly reported about online for La Tribune, a financial newspaper in Paris and opened the Silicon Valley branch.

He left to build l8rmedia, a blog-based media company to address a new generation of online readers. GenerationMP3, its main blog, attracted 1.5 millions monthly readers soon and pioneered the use of participatory journalism in France.

Meanwhile he worked as an advisor to media CEOs, politicians, the music and movie industry on the challenges and opportunities brought by the Internet. Tariq is a regular speaker in technology and media conferences. He is recognized as one of the most influential innovators in the European space.

He also became the first Frenchman to receive the TR35 (Top 35 Young Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review) for a contribution related to the Internet. In 2008, Tariq Krim was nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

(Picture courtesy of Rodrigo Sepùlveda)

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