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Archives for August 2008

Mail.ru Buys Into Online Dating Platform Mamba

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 12:18 [29. 08. 08]

It’s only last month when Internet investment group Digital Sky Technologies (DST) took control over the leading Russian email service and portal Mail.ru. Its shareholders including Internet media group Naspers of South Africa then decided to postpone Mail.ru‘s IPO until 2009 to increase value of the company. Now, Mail.ru started implementing its plans by consolidating [...]

Western Private Equity Funds Put $420 Million Into Russia

Files under: Inside View, News
Posted by: Quintura @ 01:44 [28. 08. 08]

The consortium of Western institutional investors led by AXA Private Equity and Paul Capital Partners invested $420 million into two private equity funds managed by the Russian fund manager Marshall Capital Partners (MCP) called Marshall Capital I (Marcap I) и Marshall Capital II (Marcap II), according to news agency RIA Novosti. UBS Investment Bank acted [...]

Russian Internet Audience: comScore vs FOM

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 20:39 [27. 08. 08]

Russia has been ranked as the fastest-growing Internet audience in Europe with 17.5 million visitors in June 2008, up 27% from June 2007, according to comScore. However, data from FOM (Public Opinion Foundation) suggested that Russia had a monthly Internet audience of 32.7 million and weekly audience of 25.0 million in spring 2008. It will [...]

China Beats United States And Russia In Beijing 2008 Olympics

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 22:13 [25. 08. 08]

I am a big fan of the Olympics. In Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps has won 8 gold medals, becoming the top athlete in history of the Olympics. Three gold medals were won by Jamaican sprint runner Usain Bolt, British cyclist Chris Hoy, Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice, and Chinese gymnast Kai [...]

Essential Tips For Corporate Blogging From Quintura

Files under: Inside View, News, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 15:31 [25. 08. 08]

I have recently shared several tips regarding corporate blogging with Ernst-Jan Pfauth, a Dutch problogger and editor of The Next Web Blog. He posted my interview about the blogging in an article called Learn from Quintura… Ernst-Jan also wrote Seven Essential Tips For Corporate Bloggers Who Want To Write Remarkable Content on his own blog, [...]

Yandex New Logo Says It Becomes Household Name in Russia

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 23:47 [24. 08. 08]

The leading Russian search engine Yandex will launch a new logo on Monday, August 25. The new logo displays the Yandex name in Cyrillic, Яндекс. The change reflects a fact that Yandex has become a household name in Russia. When people think of both Internet and search in the country, they think of Yandex. All [...]

85% of Russian Internet Users Shop Online

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 16:47 [22. 08. 08]

The Russian online sales are booming. The Russian e-commerce market has doubled to $3.2 billion in 2007. The leading Russian consumer shopping site Ozon.ru reported sales of $45 million in 1H 2008, up 78% from 2007. The new online consumer shopping study of Russian internet users from market research firm Romir revealed that 85% of [...]

iPhone And BlackBerry Officially Come To Russia

Files under: Enterprise, Mobile, News, Quintura Search, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 23:59 [21. 08. 08]

The largest Russian mobile phone operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has agreed with Apple to distribute iPhones in Russia starting from October, reported Reuters. MTS had more than 87 million subscribers at the end of July 2008, including almost 62 million subscribers in Russia. 17 million people access Internet from mobile phones in Russia, making the [...]

Russian Advertising Market Up 20% in 1H 2008

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 23:05 [21. 08. 08]

The Russian advertising market was valued at $5.2 billion in the first half of 2008, up 20% from 2007, according to the Russian Association of Communication Agencies (RACA). The market growth is slowing down for the first time since 2000. The business daily Kommersant reported that the advertising market in Moscow is becoming saturated while [...]

Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies Is Now RUSNANO

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 11:52 [20. 08. 08]

The Russian state-owned corporations are eager to re-brand themselves. First, it was Olympstroy, which oversees construction for Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Then, it was the Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank), which is expected to reveal a refined brand in upcoming fall. Founded by the Russian Government in July 2007, the Russian [...]

Russian Tennis Star Anna Kournikova Is Back, On Maxim Cover!

Files under: News, Quintura Search
Posted by: Quintura @ 17:44 [19. 08. 08]

It only happens once in a hundred years when representatives from one nation occupy the podium in the Olympics. In Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Russian trio Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, and Vera Zvonareva has won gold, silver, and bronze medal in women’s singles tennis, respectively. The September issue of the Maxim magazine features a [...]

LiveJournal-Owner Launches Online Sports TV

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 09:59 [18. 08. 08]

Following a success in making Championat.ru the leading Russian sports site, LiveJournal-owner SUP has launched online football and sports TV site, Championat.tv. The popularity of football has surged in Russia. Zenit of St. Petersburg won the UEFA Cup in May 2008. The Russian national team won bronze medal in the European football championships in June [...]

Czech Search Engine Seznam Could Be Sold For Over $1 Billion

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 22:59 [15. 08. 08]

The leading Czech search engine and portal, Seznam, could be sold to either strategic buyer or financial investor, according to Prague Daily Monitor. Seznam had 62% share of the Czech search market vs. Google’s 29% share. Being a major potential buyer, Google is being challenged by private equity firms Warburg Pincus, owner of #2 Czech [...]

Russia Ranks 4th in Mobile Internet Penetration

Files under: Mobile, News
Posted by: Quintura @ 00:55 [15. 08. 08]

11.2% of Russian mobile users accessed the Internet on their mobile devices, trailing only the U.S. (15.6%), UK (12.9%), and Italy (11.2%) and ahead of Spain, France and Germany, says the Mobile Media Marketplace report released by Nielsen. In the other BRIC countries the mobile Internet penetration was as follows: in China (6.8%), Brasil (2.6%) [...]

Who Plays Russian Broadband Market Consolidation

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 11:58 [14. 08. 08]

The broadband market in Russia’s largest city Moscow, which has 2.3 million subscribers and valued at over $300 million in 2007, has almost gone through a consolidation phase. The attention of major market players is shifting to Russian regional cities. The Russian broadband market is expected to reach 13 million subscribers by the end of [...]

The Largest Outgoing Cross-Border Acquisition In Russian History

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 14:45 [13. 08. 08]

It’s been only two years since The Carlyle Group acquired John Maneely Company (JMC). Since then, its sales have increased 36%, from $2.2 billion in fiscal 2006 to estimated $3 billion in fiscal 2008. It maintained number one market position in North America in each of its three core product categories. And now it is [...]

Odnoklassniki.ru Reaches 20 Million Registered Users

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 13:49 [12. 08. 08]

The leading Russian social networking site, Odnoklassniki.ru, has reached over 20 million registered accounts and over 6 million daily users. The company generated revenues of $3.3 million in Q1 2008. The site reported 29.2 million unique visitors in May 2008. In addition to header and sidebar banner advertising, the site now offers to display a [...]

LiveJournal Reveals New Ad Format And Expands in India

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 14:01 [11. 08. 08]

The most popular blog service in Russia, LiveJournal, which is owned by SUP, has revealed a new format for display advertisments on its Russian news blog. Being the 5th most-visited site in Moscow (according to TNS Web Index), the company is looking for more effective ways to monetize its audience. LiveJournal will no longer sell [...]

Quintura Reaches 25% of Runet’s Female Audience

Files under: News, Quintura Search, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 10:07 [8. 08. 08]

Today, 08.08.08, the monthly audience of Quintura has reached 8 million unique site visitors globally of which more than 3 million comes from women-focused web-sites in Russia. According to FOM, the monthly female audience of Russian Internet (Runet) is more than 12 million. That would imply that Quintura now reaches 25% of female audience in [...]

Gameland Acquires Mediasign For $20 Million

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 12:44 [7. 08. 08]

The leading Russian ‘interest media’ publisher, Gameland, acquired the other special-interest magazine publisher, Mediasign for ca. $20 million from Camden Partners, reported business daily Kommersant. The deal was financed from proceeds of Gameland‘s new share issue to the company’s existing investor, Russia New Growth Fund. The fund is managed by Troika Capital Partners. As a [...]

S-Group Capital Invests In Innolume, Provider of Quantum Dot Lasers

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 21:19 [6. 08. 08]

S-Group Capital Management, the investment fund backed by Alexey Mordashov (major shareholder of Severstal Group), led a EUR 8.6 million Series C investment in Innolume, a provider of ‘quantum dot’-based diode lasers and laser modules, announced the company on its corporate web-site. The other new and existing investors in the round included Applied Ventures, NRW.BANK, [...]

Quintura Beats Yandex And Rambler In The U.S. Market, Again

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 19:32 [6. 08. 08]

According to Compete, a number of unique visitors to Quintura was 259 thousand in July 2008, which was higher than a number of visitors of the leading Russian search engines, Yandex and Rambler, in the U.S. This is the second month in a row when Quintura beats both Yandex and Rambler in the U.S. market. [...]

Russian Online Advertising Spending Up 73% in 1H 2008

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 15:46 [6. 08. 08]

The online advertising market in Russia was estimated at $260 million in 1H 2008, up 73% from 1H 2007, according to a report from MindShare Interaction. The contextual advertising accounted for $161 million or 62% of total online advertising spending, while display advertising accounted for $99 million (38%) of total online spending. The online display [...]

Alisher Usmanov Seeks To Acquire Stake In Yandex

Files under: Inside View, News
Posted by: Quintura @ 12:27 [4. 08. 08]

The founder of Metalloinvest holding and owner of Kommersant publishing house, Alisher Usmanov is becoming a major investor in Russian internet, reported business daily Vedomosti. According to newspaper, he is negotiating an acquisition of a 10%-20% stake in Russia’s leading search engine Yandex from the founding managers of the company as well as via new [...]

Yahoo! Po Ruski

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 20:08 [1. 08. 08]

The Emerging Markets Group at Yahoo!, which leads the company’s expansion into new markets across the globe, has identified Russia among its top priority markets. Yahoo! is looking for two senior level full-time executives in Russia – General Manager and Head of Product Management. Both jobs are exclusively available via LinkedIn. According to business daily [...]

Wunderman (WPP) Acquires Actis Digital Agency in Russia

Files under: News
Posted by: Quintura @ 12:05 [1. 08. 08]

Wunderman, the global relationship marketing network and part of WPP, acquired a majority stake in Actis, a full-service digital agency in Russia. Actis said on its corporate site that Wunderman‘s expertise in the areas of BTL and CRM, plus, its knowledge of interactivity, analytics and measurement will be combined with Actis‘ 10-years of experience in [...]