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MyHeritage

MyHeritage
Dotcom Company
TypePrivately held company
Founded2003
LocationBnei Atarot, Israel (near Tel Aviv)
Key peopleGilad Japhet (CEO); Nir Sharony (CTO); Uri Gonen (VP of Project Management); Ran Peled (VP of R&D); Ran Michnowski (VP of Operations); Guy Shalev (Senior Director of RIA); Shmulik Albo (Creative Director); Chris Shearer Cooper (Genealogy Architect); Gal Cohen (Chief Scientist); Mario Ruckh (Director of Marketing)
IndustryInternet
Websitehttp://www.myheritage.com
Type of siteSocial Network Service
RegistrationYes
Available in36 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Catalan, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Italian, German, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Hebrew, Dutch, Greek, Thai, Hindi, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovakian, Polish, Hungarian, Finnish, Danish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Malay, Arabic, Persian
Current statusActive

MyHeritage

Software information
DeveloperMyHeritage
Stable release5.1
Latest release dateMay 2011
Operating systemWindows
Available inMultilingual 35 languages
TypeGenealogy software
LicenseFreeware and retail (Premium version)
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MyHeritage is a family-oriented social network service and genealogy website. It allows members to create their own family websites, share pictures and videos, organize family events, create family trees, and search for ancestors. With over 50 million users, MyHeritage is one of the largest sites in the social networking and genealogy field.

In 2003, CEO Gilad Japhet and a team of genealogy enthusiasts founded MyHeritage in Japhet's living room in the small town of Bnei Atarot, just outside Tel Aviv, Israel.

Within seven years, the company had grown to its current size as a community of more than 56 million members with more than 765 million online profiles. There are more than 18 million family trees and 117 million photos on the site, and the site is accessible in 36 languages. This makes MyHeritage the second-largest genealogy company in the world.

In 2008, the company raised $15 million, when venture capital firm Index Ventures joined Accel, which had invested earlier in the company. In 2008, MyHeritage acquired Kindo, another family social network site that was popular in Europe.

In February 2010 MyHeritage acquired the Germany Online Social Networking GmbH (OSN) who has genealogy web sites in ten different languages, which are represented in over 15 countries. Among others verwandt.de in Germany, moikrewni.pl in Poland dynastree.com in the US.

OSN started in June 2007 with the project verwandt.de and was able to grow within two years to over 10 million trees with over 100 million profiles.

With this new acquisition, MyHeritage grew in size and added a number of new features.

In June 2011 MyHeritage also acquired the Polish Family Network, Bliscy.pl, from Polish Internet publishing company Wirtualna Polska.


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