Tonight opened Wikio, the new project of Pierre Chappaz (founder of Kelkoo sold to Yahoo for about 500mUSD but also board members of Photoways, adviser at Index Ventures and Investor in NetVibes). Wikio is in French for now but should be available very soon in 5 languages.
It is a news search engines scanning media sources and blogs in addition to be totally collaborative (publishing/sharing/voting/commenting). A news search engine managed by users (thing Google news in local + digg but scanning 10k sources includes media and blogs). The baby is really rocking and it is one of the best news search i have seen so far (first feed back is amazing)
For those who read french, Guillaume Belfiore covered it in TechCrunch France
I am also a private shareholder of Wikio (and i prefered not to publish that post on TechCrunch).
Pierre asked me sometime ago to become shareholder of Wikio with other great guys like Loic Le Meur, Martin Varsavsky (founder of FON), Jeff Clavier, Freddy Mini (ex ZDnet and founder of Musicme). This was announced today but happened before i joined officially LightSpeed Gemini Internet Lab.
It is an honour for me to be part of this and Wikio team has made a fantastic job.