For those who have been loyal readers since our humble beginnings in early 2008, you will remember we made our name initially as a European focused technology blog and a spin off from the still very successful Next Web Conference.
Soon after, the blog found a life of its own and the potential for a technology blog from an international stand point became something we found many of our readers appreciated. Over the course of the last year you may have noticed some pretty significant changes, we’ve grown our team substantially, and with that our visitors, twitter followers, subscribers influence and more.
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One of the consequences of such growth is we’ve slowly but surely been unable to pay as much attention to our roots, the European internet news, startups and culture. This has been preying on our minds for some time, but with the international readership we have been so proud to receive we also acknowledge that Europe isn’t the only technology hub in need of some attention.
So without further ado, I’d like to officially introduce The Next Web International! A growing network of 8 international country blogs and two continent blogs, each devoted to internet news, startups and culture in their respected areas.
Under the “The Next Web” brand, we are delighted to present The Next Web Continents, beginning with The Next Web Asia and The Next Web Europe. These continent focused blogs are written in English and will contribute regularly to the TheNextWeb.com blog.
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|The Next Web Asia||Kevin Korpi
|The Next Web Europe||Zee M Kane|
We are proud to introduce 8 international blogs or “hubs” all in their native language and aimed at their local markets, including; France, Russia, South Korea, The Netherlands, Turkey, Romania and Germany.
These are the first 8 hubs to launch as part of our new and ambitious effort to provide International and local Internet News and Culture to every country in the world in their local language.
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|The Next Web France||Guy Doyen|
|The Next Web Turkey||Oguz Serdar|
|The Next Web Germany||Patrick Floener|
|The Next Web Romania||Adrian Bojinca|
|The Next Web South Korea||Suna Cho|
|The Next Web Netherlands||Patrick de Laive|
|The Next Web Russia||Sergey Beganskiy J|
These past few months we have been hard at work behind the scenes, talking to blog experts, start-ups and people from a lot of different countries. We switched to new servers and from a regular WordPress install to WordPress MU and coded our own language support and localization tools into the site.
To make sure we were on the right path we also talked to a lot of internet influentials and asked their advice. Here is some of their feedback:
Kevin Kelly (Writer):
“Congratulations on taking the next step for the Next Web. The web is a transnational machine, which you have understood from the beginning. Figuring out how to do your thing in multiple languages will be a highly needed and valuable skill. My best to you”
Loïc Le Meur (LeWeb conference founder):
Howard Rheingold (Writer): “The Next Web is one of the online sources I check daily — a great blend of foresight, trend-spotting, analysis, and humor”
Michael Arrington (Founder, Techcrunch):
Werner Vogels (CTO Amazon):
Robert Scoble (tech evangelist):
Pete Cashmore (Founder Mashable):
“The Next Web is a must read for me: their coverage of the international tech scene and global web trends is invaluable. Going multi-lingual is an ambitious next step and I wish them every success”
Tariq Krim (Founder Netvibes):
Scott Rafer (Successful Serial Entrepreneur):
Jeff Clavier (Venture Capitalist):
Duncan Riley (Editor Inquisitr):
Read next: Welcome to The Next Web Asia!