Tariq Krim in 2007
Tariq Krim (born October 25, 1972, in Paris) is a French serial entrepreneur, creator of Netvibes and currently the founder and CEO of Jolicloud, a personal cloud content computing platform and Joli OS, a free operating system based on the Jolicloud platform. In 2008, he was the first French national named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. He was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Minister of Culture in 2011.
Tariq Krim spent his childhood in the historic area of Paris, Le Marais. His father was an economist and his mother a teacher. Passionate about computers from an early age (he was given his first computer at 10, and created his first Minitel server at 12 years old), Krim went on to study physics at the University of Paris VII and obtained his post-graduate degree from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST).
In 1994, after meeting with Jean-Francois Bizot, Krim became a writer for Novamag and wrote articles about cyberculture. He continued his career in journalism for the financial daily La Tribune. First based in Paris, then in California (he opened the newspaper's Silicon Valley branch), Krim published numerous articles on the Internet industry, including a piece on digital music distribution two years before Napster was founded.
In 1999, when the internet was still in its infancy in France, Krim decided that he was done with writing about internet innovation and would just "go and do it". That year, he founded what would become L8Rmedia, a consulting and publishing company specializing in digital media. Its first branch was in San Francisco; he later expanded to Paris. Its main online publication, GenerationMP3 (formerly "MPTrois.com"), attracts 1.5 million readers per month. and pioneered the use of participatory journalism in France. It is now a leading publication on mp3 technology.
In 2005, Krim created Netvibes with Florent Frémont, a developer friend. The personalized dashboard publishing platform claims over 10 million users worldwide, half of whom are in the United States.
In 2008, Krim left as the head of the company to create Jolicloud in 2009, co-founded with Romain Huet, the company's CTO. Their vision is to combine cloud technology with a simple user interface. Krim first developed Joli OS, a free operating system, which enabled users to optimise low-cost devices or recycle older computers. In 2012, Jolicloud launched an HTML5-based cloud platform. 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.
In 2008, Krim co-founded ISAI, "the French tech entrepreneurs' fund", which provides seed capital for web and mobile technology startups. ISAI's co-founders are all members of France's digerati: Orianne Garcia, founder of Terrafemina.com; Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet, founder of PriceMinister; Ouriel Ohayon, founder of TechCrunch France and AppsFire; Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, CEO of Virgin Mobile; and Stéphane Treppoz, Chairman of the Executive Board of Sarenza. This combined effort has helped launch websites such as co-voiturage.fr and InstantLuxe.com. Krim has said that he has a "passion for building highly disruptive new products".
As one of the first French journalists equipped to write about online conundrums such as copyright infringement or music piracy piracy, Krim became an expert on the digital rights of authors. He advised Adami, a French civil society that allocates the rights of performers. In 2004 he published a study called "Peer-to-Peer, an New Business Model for Music", in which he cites another study by the French Directorate of Economic Forecasting and Analysis, which concluded that "no systematic correlation can be made between downloading and the state of the music industry".
Krim is a speaker at global technology and media conferences and summits. He regularly appears on mainstream media, sometimes as an "expert on the Internet" but mostly as Netvibes' charismatic founder. He is currently acknowledged as one of Europe's industry experts on cloud computing and the future of the Internet.
In 2008, he was awarded the Information Technology for Business Creation Prize by Telecom ParisTech and its engineering association (AIST). Krim is one of six French personalities to have been selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum.
Krim served on the Conseil national du numérique as a vice president from 2013 to 2016.
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