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Archives for February 2008

Quintura Launches Affiliate Program for Site Search (Cloud Search Widget)

Files under: News, Quintura Search, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 18:09 [28. 02. 08]

Quintura, a visual-based search engine for browsing and discovery-type search has launched its search engine for search on individual web-sites and blogs. Quintura for site search is available on http://affiliates.quintura.com. The Quintura affiliate program for site search gives web-site publishers and blog owners a unique chance to bring their readers new search experience and increase [...]

A1 Group of Russia Buys Majority of AFM Cinemas in Turkey

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 13:23 [28. 02. 08]

EURASIA Cinemas, a newly created cinema holding controlled by A1 Group acquired a 51.9 percent majority stake in the largest Turkish cinema chain AFM Cinemas for $28.5 million, reports Turkish Daily News. A1 Group is the key investment division of Alfa-Group consortium in Russia. According to the AFM company management, the Turkish box office reached [...]

Who’s The Russian Angle to MyKinda Blog Network

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 12:17 [27. 02. 08]

Lee Wilkins, the founder of MyKinda recently revealed on its blog that MyKinda is closing operations in Russia, Bulgaria and Ukraine. Lee will only keep blogging in Romania where MyKinda was started last summer. Apparently, Lee was trying to raise external funding after bootstrapping the business for several months but it likely was without much [...]

CTC Media To Acquire DTV Channel in Russia For $400 Million

Files under: Inside View, News
Posted by: Quintura @ 03:03 [27. 02. 08]

According to Vedomosti business daily, Russia’s 4th most watched TV broadcaster CTC Media may acquire DTV, a Russian entertainment TV channel for up to $400 million from Modern Times Group (MTG). The Russian Association of Communication Agencies (AKAR) recently released data that TV advertising market in Russia was some $4.4 billion in 2007, up 31% [...]

Meet VC Investor Behind PlateSpin Acquired by Novell For $205 Million

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 00:58 [26. 02. 08]

Novell announced today it agreed to acquire virtualization data center management software vendor PlateSpin for $205 million. The company raised about $10 million in venture funding in total of which $7.4 million round in November 2005 was led by Scott Maxwell, the managing partner of OpenView Venture Partners and formerly managing director at Insight Venture [...]

Happy Men’s Day from Quintura!

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 18:00 [22. 02. 08]

February 23 is Men’s Day in Russia! Happy Holiday! Check a special Quintura search cloud for the Day on Quintura.ru. When is it going to become an international one, though?

Is Google Acquiring Ukrainian Web Portal Bigmir)net for $100 Million?

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 01:39 [21. 02. 08]

There is rumor in Ukrainian online media today that Google is acquiring Bigmir)net, the largest Ukrainian portal with over 2.5 million unique monthly users. I recall that Anil Hansjee, Google’s Head of Corporate Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa told me last year they sort of missed an opportunity in Russia, a neighboring country [...]

Estonian Skype Mafia Makes First Russian Direct Investment

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 11:41 [20. 02. 08]

Ambient Sound Investments (ASI), an investment fund of four founding Estonian engineers of Skype, invested $0.2 million for a 30% stake in LogneX, a Moscow-based software development company that will shortly launch MoySklad (MyWarehouse) web service. MoySklad is online inventory management service to small and medium-sized businesses in Russia and Russian-speaking countries. It will be [...]

European Investors Fuel Russian Expansion of Tascom

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 16:11 [19. 02. 08]

When the Russian wireless broadband operator Enforta raised $40 million from Bessemer Venture Partners and the others, its Moscow-based competitor Tascom announced Series B funding of $15 million to expand into Russian regions. The round was led by Quadriga Capital Russia. The existing Tascom’s investors Norum and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) [...]

Is Silicon Valley Ignoring The Rest Of The World?

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 05:20 [15. 02. 08]

Business Week runs a story today called “The blogging czar of Moscow” about Andrew Paulson, President of SUP, a Russian company that recently acquired the LiveJournal blogging business for rumored $30 million from SixApart. One of the key things Andrew mentioned was that SUP had a global perspective that would help it expand the site [...]

Russian-Developed Desktop Virtualization VirtualBox Got Snaped By Sun

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 00:33 [13. 02. 08]

Having recently agreed to buy open source database software vendor MySQL for $ 1 billion, Sun Microsystems announced today it would acquire Innotek, a Germany-headquartered provider of open source desktop virtualization software VirtualBox with software development team in Russia. Update: The rumored acquisition price was $60 million. VirtualBox runs on various operating systems Windows, Linux, [...]

Quintura Search Cloud for St. Valentine’s Day

Files under: News, Quintura Search, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 16:01 [12. 02. 08]

We have created Quintura search cloud for St. Valentine’s Day. The cloud can be accessed by clicking a special tab on Quintura.com or visiting this page. Instead of typing in a search box, you can browse through the search cloud to find facts and gifts related to this wonderful holiday. The search cloud is embeddable [...]

Russia To Become Second Largest European Internet Market In 2008

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 14:16 [8. 02. 08]

According to eMarketer, Russia will have 40 million Internet users per month by the end of 2008 and become the second largest online population in Europe after Germany. The Russian internet penetration will grow from 24.8 percent in 2007 to 42.7 percent in 2012. The Russian Internet advertising market is expected to grow from $369 [...]

Estonian Skype Mafia Seeds Kindo, Your Online Family Tree Builder

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 14:48 [7. 02. 08]

Ambient Sound Investments (ASI), an investment fund of founding Estonian engineers of Skype, lead a seed investment into Kindo, a build-your-family-tree online company. The deal follows an incubation of the Kindo venture in SeedCamp of Saul Klein last fall. The software development team is based in London. ASI did not disclose the investment amount but [...]

Russian Internet Advertising Market To Grow To $685 Million In 2008

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 17:43 [6. 02. 08]

According to data from MindShare Interaction, the internet advertising market in Russia has doubled to $369 million in 2007. The search and contextual advertising accounted for $210 million or 57 percent of total spending while display (banner) advertising spending was $159 million (43 percent). The Russian internet advertising market is expected to reach $685 million [...]

TechCrunch 40 Company FlowPlay Raised $3.7 Million from Intel and ASI

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 12:43 [6. 02. 08]

Intel Capital and Ambient Sound Investments (ASI), an investment fund of founding Estonian engineers of Skype, co-lead a $3.7 million Series A investment into FlowPlay, a casual gaming online community company. The deal follows a $0.5 million seed round from ASI in the middle of 2007. Flowplay presented at TechCrunch 40 event in September 2007. [...]

Russia’s Rambler Doubled Revenues to Over $60 Million in 2007

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 17:32 [5. 02. 08]

Rambler Media, the company that operates a leading Russian search engine and portal Rambler and other web properties with 35.1 million unique users and 2.6 billion page views in December 2007, announced today its annual revenues are expected to reach up to $65 million in 2007, up over 100% from 2006. Rambler is also expected [...]

Off-Topic: Russian Designers in Fashion Week New York and Milan

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 18:54 [3. 02. 08]

Picked by Style.com’s editors as one of the most promising up and coming designers, Alexander Terekhov presents his fall 2008 women’s collection at the Fashion Week in New York today. The other young Russian fashion designer Denis Simachev conquered the Fashion Week in Milan last month. The fashion of Alexander Terekhov is simple and feminine. [...]

Playfon Acquired Mobile Video Community for $5 Million

Files under: Mobile, News, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 17:06 [2. 02. 08]

The leading Russian mobile entertainment service provider Playfon is entering a mobile social networking business by buying-out Wappy.to, a mobile video and photo sharing community site. Some industry observers put a deal value at $5 million. Wappy.to has 1 million unique monthly users. The service was created in Denmark in 1999 as a tool to [...]

Quintura Launching Site Search — Magic Is Coming To Your Site

Files under: News, Quintura Search, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 18:12 [1. 02. 08]

We are launching Quintura for site search. Check a search widget in the sidebar on this blog and click “Get a Quintura cloud” to get it right away! You can also get invites via ReadWriteWeb, the leading web technology analysis and review blog. It’s free. It’s comfy. It’s Web 2.0ish and it’s hot because as [...]

Finns Bet on Social Networking in Russia

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 12:54 [1. 02. 08]

Independent Media Sanoma Magazines, a Russian publisher of magazines and part of SanomaWSOY of Finland, acquired Webpark.ru, a popular Russian blogging and social networking service. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Webpark.ru has over 1 million monthly visitors. According to a recent review of the Russian blogosphere, an average Russian blogger is a [...]