Startup Index Quest | 3 — Zoom on Kima Ventures

In the previous installment of this series, I took a look at the disruptive approach to indexing startups adopted by AngelList. One of the industries disrupted by Naval Ravikant’s company is Venture Capital (VC). The obvious drawback of VC startup indexes is that they are restricted to companies in which VCs have a stake. They also have an obvious plus side, since inclusion in such indexes carries a signal the startup is serious. Looking at the Iliad saga — I’m talking about Xavier Niel, not Homer —, it becomes apparent that the selection process behind VC indexes can add an extra layer of information to an index. Niel’s VC arm is Kima Ventures. Currently the Kima startup portfolio has a

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Sofia, the World’s Most Advanced Expert Management System

Today, we are the 21st of September 2013, exactly 4 years after the launch the beta version of our expert management system. This was a long way! We have learnt a lot, from both our clients and our experts. Today, I am very proud to announce that we have a new kid at Presans, Sofia 2. Sofia 2 is the new version of our expert management system. Sofia is the world’s most advanced expert management system. Sofia, the world’s most advanced expert management system Sofia is composed of two main parts. The first part is called X-Search. X-search is our expertise mapping and profiling system. X-Search is organising global expertise by extracting and analysing information from various sources of information (scientific

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One Million Experts on X-Search!

PRESANS has launched X-Search (presans.com/x-search), the first Worldwide Expert Search Engine less than 3 months ago. It took us a while to go through all the awesome comments and feedback you sent us. We read them all and today, we have great news to announce: more, more and more! Access one million of experts worldwide for free! PRESANS is proud to announce that X-Search, has recently reached 1 000 000 (one million) experts in base. This is an amazing progression since the launch of the of the tool in February 2011. The expert database behind X-Search covers most European countries, including France, England and Germany. Worldwide! We have been claiming that X-Search is worldwide, and then we put a temporary

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Do You Believe in Social Networks for Researchers?

There has been tens, if not hundreds, of attempts to launch social networks for scientists and for researchers over the last 3 years. The new “Linkedin for Researchers” or “Facebook for Scientists”: www.collab.com, www.academia.edu, www.academiaconnect.org, biomedexperts.com etc. Even the Fondation Pierre Gilles de Gennes recently launched its social network for scientists. Although a few of them provide real incentives for researchers (http://www.labmeeting.com etc.), although some of them provide really useful tools for scientists (http://www.mendeley.com etc.), most of them, however, fail or will fail. Why ? Why aren’t researchers already on social networks such as Linkedin? One could think that this is because the network is not targeted enough and does not provide tools which are really useful for them. This

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