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French social network Viadeo to be liquidated after failing global expansion

(Ecofin Agency) – French social network, Viadeo, which planned to go global eying emerging markets, Africa included, went bankrupt after failing expansion. The firm on November 29, 2016 was placed under receivership by the Paris Commercial Court. It will be liquidated in three months.

Viadeo is a professional social network which positioned itself as the direct rival of U.S. network LinkedIn. However, the company lacked funds to develop, explained its CEO, Renier Lemmens who was appointed this year after the previous CEO and co-founder (with Thierry Lunati) Dan Serfaty resigned.

Since it was launched in 2014, the French startup was able to raise only €37.7 million. An insufficient sum for the company which had already started global expansion. In 2010, Viadeo was already present in Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, India, Mexico, and U.S. The year before that, it had acquired its Chinese counterpart, Tianji. The social network had also acquired Indian Apna Circle and Canadian Unyk. Next, it entered into a joint-venture with Russian Sanoma Indepedant Media, bought Dutch firm Soocial and Chinese Zaizher.

In 2009, Viadeo had 25 million users. In 2014, it declared having 60 million users but derived 95% of its revenues from its users in France. “They spent a lot trying to go global, but targeted markets too difficult for them,” said Jérôme Colin, telecom, media and internet expert at consulting firm Roland Berger, cited by Les Echos.

It was difficult for Viadeo to sell paid subscriptions to its users, in emerging markets mostly, which were its main target. “They went too quickly. Their free platform was limited and many of their users got tired of it,” Colin added.

Since listing on the Paris stock exchange in 2014, the firm’s value kept plummeting as its turnover slumped and its losses cumulated, reaching €13.4 million for the financial year 2014. When it was placed under receivership, Viadeo was valued 

at €10 million only. In a press release, the firm said “shareholders should consider that Viadeo shares have no more value”.

Assongmo Necdem

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True or False? German Scientists Finally Prove That There Is Life After Death.

A team of psychologists and medical doctors associated with the Technische Universität of Berlin, have announced this morning that they had proven by clinical experimentation, the existence of some form of life after death. This astonishing announcement is based on the conclusions of a study using a new type of medically supervised near-death experiences, that allow patients to be clinically dead for almost 20 minutes before being brought back to life.

This controversial process that was repeated on 944 volunteers over that last four years, necessitates a complex mixture of drugs including epinephrine and dimethyltryptamine, destined to allow the body to survive the state of clinical death and the reanimation process without damage. The body of the subject was then put into a temporary comatic state induced by a mixture of other drugs which had to be filtered by ozone from his blood during the reanimation process 18 minutes later.

The extremely long duration of the experience was only recently made possible by the development of a new cardiopulmonary recitation (CPR) machine called the AutoPulse. This type of equipment has already been used over the last few years, to reanimate people who had been dead for somewhere between 40 minutes to an hour.

The team of scientists led by Dr Berthold Ackermann, has monitored the operations and have compiled the testimonies of the subjects. Although there are some slight variations from one individual to another, all of the subjects have some memories of their period of clinical death. and a vast majority of them described some very similar sensations.

Most common memories include a feeling of detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of an overwhelming light.

The scientists say that they are well aware the many of their conclusions could shock a lot of people, like the fact that the religious beliefs of the various subjects seems to have held no incidence at all, on the sensations and experiences that they described at the end of the experiment. Indeed, the volunteers counted in their ranks some members are a variety of Christian churches, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and atheists.

Near-death experiences have been hypothesized in various medical journals in the past, as having the characteristics of hallucinations, but Dr Ackermann and his team, on the contrary, consider them as evidence for the existence of the afterlife and of a form of dualism between mind and body.

“I know our results could disturb the beliefs of many people” says Mr Ackermann. “But in a way, we have just answered one of the greatest questions in the history of mankind, so I hope these people will be able to forgive us. Yes, there is life after death and it looks like this applies to everyone.”

Ex: mycentralhealth

 Afterlife, AutoPulse, Dr Berthold Ackermann, psychologists, Technische Universität of Berlin

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