Archives for November 2008
Over the last weekend there were rumors in Russian online media that Forbes was going be acquired by ONEXIM Group. Axel Springer Russia has been publishing the Russian edition of Forbes since 2004. The Forbes magazine reaches more than 714,000 readers every month in Russia with an average circulation of 120,000 copies. On November 26, [...]
We are getting news that Yahoo! BOSS has launched so called ‘vertical lens‘ for search across your site categories or group of your sites. We at Quintura have already implemented this on several publisher networks of web-sites. As a result, Quintura‘s hosted site search significantly increases user engagement in search resulting in more page views [...]
The concept of online shopping clubs where members can buy designer brands at discount prices has got a real traction across Europe. First, it was vente-privee in France 2001. Then, came brands4friends.de in Germany in 2007 and KupiVIP.ru in Russia in 2008. Both were started with early-stage investments from Mangrove Capital Partners. In spite of [...]
Having been refused an acquisition of contextual ad firm Begun in Russia, Google was likely looking for revansch. Well, it may has gotten one. This time, it’s not acquisition. It’s a business deal that would increase Google’s 33 percent share of Russian search market by several percentage points. According to business newspaper Kommersant, the largest [...]
When the economy is shrinking it’s good time for private equity investors to buy assets at a low valuation. There have been numerous reports in online media in Russia that ONEXIM Group is going to acquire Forbes. Here is the one confirmed by the Trud newspaper. ONEXIM Group, which is led by Mikhail Prokhorov, is [...]
My sister has got a birthday present. It’s a Vertu phone. To be precise, it’s from Vertu Constellation collection. According to its corporate web-site, Vertu is the pioneer and leading manufacturer of handcrafted mobile phones for the luxury market. Having held the phone, I will confirm, sure, it is.
I saw my favorite car Gurney Signature Edition Mustang in downtown Moscow last week. Wish it’s mine. I hope the car maker Saleen will emerge from economic downturn. Perhaps, the Russian private equity will help it.
The hedge funds that focus on investing in Russia will drop by 50% next year. The hedge funds in Russia will become more like private equity funds and make investments in private companies. Due to decreased asset valuation, the funds shall return more than 40 percent per year, according to Oleg Zhelezko, the founder and [...]
The stars of the 21 movie may have been jealous. The movie was inspired by a story of MIT students who mastered the art of card counting and took the casinos in Las Vegas for millions. Last week, it’s the most unpredictable Main Event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. In the [...]
Russia is not only known to the world by its vast natural resources and luxury consumer shopping habits but also by its enormous territory. When it comes to building a brand in Russia, the domestic mobile phone operators that has covered the country’s territory and population lead the race. According to Interbrand Zintzmeyer & Lux’s [...]
It’s been 10 years since CondeNast published the first issue of Vogue Russia. The publisher also has GQ, Glamour, Tatler and Architectural Digest magazines in Russia. Should you would like to get a famous designer version of traditional Russian souvenir doll Matryoshka, there will be 31 such dolls auctioned on November 20 as a part [...]
Having become a major visual-based site search engine for women-centric sites in Russia, Quintura reaches a multi-million online female audience, which represents a very attractive market for online advertisers from consumer goods and shopping companies. After releasing new features this week to maximize user experience and search widget performance, we at Quintura have launched an [...]
Last month, Rambler Media, which operates one the most popular Russian web portals Rambler.ru, launched a $5 million outdoor advertising campaign, which’s estimated to be the largest in Russian internet history. The company aimed to double its daily reach of 3 million users over the next year. Then, the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service refused Google‘s [...]
So far, more than 1,500 online publishers have registered to use Quintura‘s visual-based site search solution reaching a monthly audience of more than 10 million site visitors. The newly registered publishers include a leading cooking website in Russia, Gotovim Doma (Cook at Home) and consumer magazine site Women Secrets. We at Quintura (www.affiliates.quintura.com) today announce [...]
I have got news from Charles Knight, founder and editor of AltSearchEngines.com, the leading online destination about new search engines around the world, that AltSearchEngines.com has become independent. From June 2007 till now, the site was part of the ReadWriteWeb network of sites. According to Compete, AltSearchEngines.com had 40 thousand unique visitors from the U.S. [...]