January 23, 2008 09:40 ET

XING AG Acquires, Turkey's Leading Online Business Network

HAMBURG, GERMANY--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) -

--  Takeover of profitable Turkish platform further extends
    XING's market leadership in Europe
-- -- the largest business network in Turkey with over 280,000
--  Acquired network is highly compatible with the XING platform

XING AG (ISIN: DE000XNG8888), the European market leader for business networking, has acquired (, the largest network for business contacts in Turkey. This is the third acquisition realized by XING AG in the last ten months, driving forward the Company's course of consolidation in Europe following its takeover of the Spanish networks eConozco and Neurona. This takeover also now marks XING out as the clear market leader providing online networking for business professionals in the Turkish-speaking world. currently has approximately 280,000 members who subscribe to the network either for free or on a fee-paying basis. In 2007, thanks to a strong growth in fee-paying members and additional revenues from advertising, the company was profitable.

"We view Turkey as being one of Europe's fastest growing national economies. As well as proving a profitable company, has the key advantage of already being an established brand within Turkey. We are looking forward to working together to further build on our market leadership in Europe and our presence in Turkey," said Lars Hinrichs, Founder and CEO of XING AG.

Çaðlar Erol, CEO and founder of "XING has gained millions of members worldwide in a very short time by providing a first-class service in online business networking. I believe that for XING, which has valued Turkish-speaking professionals highly from the very beginning, this acquisition of one of the most successful web applications in Turkey is a very important strategic step in Europe. For the exclusive member base, this is an opportunity to be part of a much bigger and global community, and benefit from XING's sophisticated services. I believe that this strong platform, which has always been a role model for, will provide new international opportunities and a huge success for all members."

Already active on the Turkish market, XING's acquisition of will reinforce its profile and positioning in all the key centers of commerce. Due to the compatibility of the platforms, their similar business models and common focus on business professionals, XING AG anticipates that members will also be willing to pay for the more comprehensive features available with XING's Premium Membership.

Çaðlar Erol and Nihan Colak Erol, the founders of, will play a key active role in the integration of to XING, and will also support the Turkish-speaking XING community with a small team based in Istanbul itself.

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About XING:

XING makes your professional network an active part of your life. Far more than a directory of business contacts, XING enables its members to discover professional people, opportunities and privileges through its unique discovery capability and advanced contact management tools.

With the successful IPO of XING as the first Web 2.0 company to go public, XING AG has had a long-term impact on the social networking trend amongst professionals. By focusing on the target group 'business people worldwide,' the company is able to offer tailored features, thereby making networking and contact management simpler. Besides Headquarters in Hamburg, XING AG is also represented with offices in Barcelona, Istanbul and Beijing.

XING. Powering Relationships.

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