Yahoo! Launches Kickstart

While immediate analogies will be drawn to Facebook, the service is actually much more like LinkedIn in that it connects students and alumni at specific colleges and universities and helps them connect on a professional level. Alumni can help students get jobs (or can find good students to fill spots at whatever company they work at), and students can reach out to others to help jumpstart their professional career. Doostang, an invitation-only job network which just raised $2.5 million, is also a point of comparison.

This is the perfect service to plug Zimbra into and it completely fits with the market that Zimbra was most successful in before getting acquired.

It’s easy to think that nobody under 30 uses email anymore, but that’s a false assumption. The Zimlets technology that Zimbra developed would have tremendous potential as a mechanism for delivering applications that tie back to Yahoo! services in an email container. Very interesting.

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