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This article was published on April 30, 2013

    Solaborate, a social network for tech professionals, launches with $1m in seed funding

    Solaborate, a social network for tech professionals, launches with $1m in seed funding Image by: ra2studio
    Robin Wauters
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    Robin Wauters

    Robin Wauters is the European Editor of The Next Web. He describes himself as a hopeless cyberflâneur, a lover of startups, his family a Robin Wauters is the European Editor of The Next Web. He describes himself as a hopeless cyberflâneur, a lover of startups, his family and Belgian beer. If you'd like to know more about Robin, head on over to robinwauters.com or follow him on Twitter.

    Today sees the beta launch of Solaborate, a new social networking platform focused on technology professionals and companies.

    In addition to the debut of the new service, Los Angeles, California-based Solaborate is today announcing that it has secured over $1 million in seed funding from unnamed business angel investors.

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    Solaborate basically lets technology professionals (whether they work in hardware, software or services) publish questions, share documents and presentations, chat, video conference, and share best practices.

    Solaborate enables users to connect, discover and follow other tech professionals, companies, products and services. It sounds a lot like LinkedIn with a real-time collaboration layer on top of the networking part.

    Built on Windows Azure and leveraging HTML5, WebSockets and the WebRTC protocol for real-time communication, Solaborate integrates with existing social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

    “There are a lot of places on the internet where you can share information or network with others, but you can’t collaborate in real time,” argues Labinot Bytyqi, founder and CEO of Solaborate.

    “By incorporating the best of social media, then taking it a step further, Solaborate makes it easy to share relevant content from a central platform with peers, colleagues, vendors and customers. We are building a community around products and services, all in one dedicated place for technology professionals.”

    We’ve requested beta access to the new site and will poke around as soon as we get in, to see if it’s any good.

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