November 24, 2008 11:00 ET

XIHA Life Expands Global Reach

Headquarters Move From Helsinki to Zurich, Additional Offices Open in U.S. and China; Positions World's First Truly Multilingual Social Network for Continued Global Growth

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 24, 2008) - XIHA Life, the world's first truly multilingual social network, today announced the movement of its corporate headquarters from Helsinki to Zurich, and the opening of new offices in the U.S., Europe, and China to support global community growth and momentum. XIHA's global presence and unique vision demonstrates a leadership position in the fast changing space of social networking. XIHA Life continues to attract global users who want to communicate bilingually with other users, without a language barrier between them.

XIHA Life fulfills the need for a global multilingual social community by supporting 42 languages, and more than 800,000 unique community visitors per month. With XIHA Life, users can easily read and write in multiple languages, giving them not only an educational platform to learn new languages, but a way to connect with family, friends and colleagues anywhere in the world.

"By expanding our reach and opening new offices in the U.S. and in Asia, we'll be able to rapidly take advantage of new business and partnership opportunities, and to better support our global community," said Jani Penttinen, co-founder and CTO at XIHA Life.

The near-term roadmap for XIHA Life includes enhanced music, photo and sharing capabilities. Added Penttinen, "We're extremely excited about the developments in our pipeline, and we expect to share additional announcements in the upcoming months that will validate our unique vision and demonstrate the effectiveness of our business model."

XIHA Life is growing at a very fast pace, and has an immediate opening for a dynamic, innovative executive to serve as the CEO at their Sunnyvale, California office. The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills, an entrepreneurial spirit and has a strong understanding about the benefits, opportunities and rewards for working with a hot start-up.

XIHA Life offers homepages, blogging and photo sharing tools, as well as versatile ways to integrate content with other social media websites. Users can simultaneously select as many languages as they know or want to learn, and the XIHA Life technology recognizes and filters the languages, so users automatically see only the content they understand, making the experience much more relevant and valuable. XIHA Life is successfully monetizing its social network through its popular digital content store, which offers fun products, including more than 1,000 Windows and Mac games.

XIHA Life launched internationally in March 2008, and in the U.S. in August 2008. Visitors come from all over the world, with the largest and fastest growing communities of users in China, Brazil, Turkey, and France. More than 800,000 unique visitors spend time at XIHA Life each month. At the current 20 percent growth rate, monthly XIHA user traffic is expected to reach 1 million by the end of 2008.

About XIHA Ltd

XIHA Life -- -- is based in Helsinki, Finland and is developed and operated by XIHA Ltd, founded in 2007. Jani Penttinen, co-founder and CTO, has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry, including companies such as Remedy Entertainment. He has previously founded two startups in the U.S. and one in China. The name XIHA comes from Chinese and means 'fun' and 'happy' -- a name invented by the company's other founder Xiaowen "Wen" Sun, a Chinese entrepreneur. Both Penttinen and Sun will be residing in Zurich once their new office opens early next month. For more information, visit

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