From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

External links modified[edit]

Hello fellow Wikipedians,

I have just modified one external link on XING. Please take a moment to review my edit. If you have any questions, or need the bot to ignore the links, or the page altogether, please visit this simple FaQ for additional information. I made the following changes:

When you have finished reviewing my changes, you may follow the instructions on the template below to fix any issues with the URLs.

As of February 2018, "External links modified" talk page sections are no longer generated or monitored by InternetArchiveBot. No special action is required regarding these talk page notices, other than regular verification using the archive tool instructions below. Editors have permission to delete the "External links modified" sections if they want, but see the RfC before doing mass systematic removals. This message is updated dynamically through the template {{sourcecheck}} (last update: 15 July 2018).

  • If you have discovered URLs which were erroneously considered dead by the bot, you can report them with this tool.
  • If you found an error with any archives or the URLs themselves, you can fix them with this tool.

Cheers.—InternetArchiveBot (Report bug) 19:34, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Not properly updated in years[edit]

No significant updates to this page in years. Odd given that Xing is a fairly big deal, in Germany anyway. There is also a lot of corporate bull on it too, though it's hard to tell how much of that is just down to the language barrier/poor translation.

My suggested changes:

OPEN Business Club AG
Traded asO1BC.DE
IndustryRecruitment, social networking
FoundedNovember 1, 2003; 15 years ago (2003-11-01) in Hamburg, Germany
FounderLars Hinrichs
Key people
Thomas Vollmoeller (CEO)
Members16m (2019)
ParentHubert Burda Media

XING (named openBC/Open Business Club until November 2006) is a Hamburg-based career-oriented social networking site. The site is primarily focused on the German-speaking market, alongside XING Spain and XING S.à rl in Luxembourg.

XING competes with the American platform LinkedIn and the European site Viadeo.[1][2]

Company history[edit]

OPEN Business Club AG was founded in August 2003 in Hamburg, Germany by Lars Hinrichs.[3][4] Its official debut was 1 November 2003. It was renamed XING in November 2006.

In its early years the site pursued a global strategy, but since 2012 XING has focused on the German-speaking market, as 76% of all XING page views come from Germany and 90% come from from the D-A-CH area.[5]

XING changed its legal status to become a Societas Europaea in September 2017.


Lars Hinrich led the company as CEO until 2009,[4] when he was succeeded by Stefan Groß-Selbeck.[6] Current CEO Thomas Vollmoeller has served since 2012.[7]

Number of users[edit]

As of April 2019, XING reported 16 million members, up from 10 million members in the D-A-CH area in March 2016, which at that time included 880,000 premium members.[8]

Ownership and acquisitions[edit]

In November 2009 Hubert Burda Media acquired 25.1% of XING, becoming its main shareholder.[9][10][11] In 2010 XING acquired online event management company Amiando, changing its name to XING EVENTS[12]. In 2012 Burda increased its shareholding to over 50%.[13] In 2013 XING acquired Austrian e-recruiting company Kununu.[14] In 2015 XING announced a cooperation project with eyeson,[15] a unified communications provider.[16] In 2017 XING acquired global expat network InterNations and Austrian recruitment company Prescreen.[17] In April 2019 XING paid €22 million for Honeypot, a Berlin-based IT job platform.[18]


XING became the first Web 2.0 company to go public in Europe,[19]debuting on 7 December 2006 at an issue price of 30 Euros per share.


The platform offers personal profiles, groups, discussion forums, event coordination and other social media features.

Registered users enter professional and private data in a profile, including their education, experience, and interests. Potential employers and collaborators can search for and contact users based on this information. Both parties must agree to all connections and the user decides who sees their information.

Basic membership is free, but some core functions, like advanced search or messaging, are paid-for. XING also offers public event calendars for various regions and themes. An appointment function can be used to organize private events. XING has an Ambassador program for each city or region that is home to a substantial number of users. Ambassadors hold local networking events. XING also offers a system for closed communities, called Enterprise groups, used by companies including IBM, McKinsey, Accenture.[20]

Since March 2014, XING has charged Swiss customers significantly higher prices than customers in other countries, leading to criticism.[21] Former members who have deleted their profiles have complained about receiving newsletters and email messages after closing their accounts.[22]


Since October 2007, XING has run a job marketplace for candidates and recruiters. Alongside fixed-price job ads, XING was one of the first German job boards to use a pay-per-click payment model, where the cost of an ad is based on user views.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Class war". The Economist. 2009-11-19. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  2. ^ Markoff, John (2007-01-24). "Move Over Silicon Valley, Here Come European Start-Ups". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  3. ^ Hinrichs, Lars (2010-05-17). "to all: XING has only *1* Founder and that's me. I am so fed up with people who try to claim some fame with the XING story". @larshinrichs. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  4. ^ a b Zee (2010-06-08). "XING founder Lars Hinrichs launches HackFWD, a new European startup incubator". The Next Web. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  5. ^ LinkedInsiders (2012-02-12). "LinkedIn: The next big Xing? Businessnetzwerke in Deutschland 2012". LinkedInsider Deutschland (in German). Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  6. ^ "Xing appoints eBay executive Gross-Selbeck as CEO". Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  7. ^ "Thomas Vollmoeller: Der Xing-Chef im Interview". manager magazin. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  8. ^ Bowser, Jacquie (24 November 2008). "Freude bei Xing: Karriere-Netzwerk vermeldet über 10 Mio. Mitglieder in DACH-Region". Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  9. ^ "Burda wird Hauptaktionär von Xing". 18 November 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  10. ^ "XING: Hubert Burda Media neuer Hauptaktionär der XING AG". 20 November 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  11. ^ Schürmann, Christof. "Burda: Verleger Burda hat Xing im Visier". (in German). Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  12. ^ "Amiando gefühlt unter Wert verkauft: Xing übernimmt für 10,35 Mio. Euro". Gründerszene Magazin (in German). 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  13. ^ "Digitale Expansion: Medienhaus Burda hat Xing übernommen". manager magazin. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  14. ^ dpa (2013-01-08). "Internet: Xing übernimmt Karriere-Portal in Österreich". Die Zeit (in German). ISSN 0044-2070. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  15. ^ "Videokonferenz: Xing setzt auf steirisches Know-how". (in German). 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  16. ^ "Visocon Named a 2017 Cool Vendor by Gartner". UC Today. 2017-07-31. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  17. ^ "Xing kauft Wiener Start-up Prescreen für 17 Millionen Euro". (in German). Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  18. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "German LinkedIn rival Xing is rebranding as 'New Work,' acquires recruitment platform Honeypot for up to $64M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  19. ^ Charlton, Graham (2006-12-12). "Web 2.0 company Xing raises €35.7 million in IPO". Econsultancy. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  20. ^ "LinkedIn takes on Xing, or the other way around?!". Search Engine Journal. 2007-01-29. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  21. ^ " Xing wird für Schweizer teurer". Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  22. ^ "Versuch einer Kündigung: Xing - hartnäckig wie Herpes". Spiegel Online. 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2019-07-13.

JRSwiki2019 (talk) 11:19, 15 July 2019 (UTC)