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Top 10 Russian Web Startups of 2009

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 01:47 [28. 12. 09]

Russia has become the second largest Internet market in Europe with over 40 million internet users. Here are top 10 Russian internet startups of 2009.

The list includes startup internet companies from Russia, which launched new online services and raised venture capital funding in 2009. The below startups were involved in major Russian venture capital deals in 2009.

1. The leading Russian online shopping club, KupiVIP.ru has reached over 1 million registered users since launch in late 2008. Founded by CEO Oskar Hartmann, the Moscow-based company raised a new funding of over $10 million from Mangrove Capital Partners, ABRT Fund, Arlan and Direct Group in 2009.

2. The major independent women-centric online portal in Russia, WomanJournal.ru has recently re-launched the site. Founded by French Direct Group in late 2006, WomanJournal.ru agreed to merge with Passion.ru in November 2009 to create the online market leader for Russian women with over 5 million monthly users.

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.3. The electronic note application service, Evernote has reached 2 million users by launching versions for all major mobile and computer desktop platforms. Founded by Stepan Pachikov in 2006, Evernote raised a new funding of $12 million from Morgenthaler Ventures and DOCOMO Capital in 2009 to expedite growth by releasing local language versions and expanding software OS platforms.

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4. On-demand online movie service, VidiMAX is expected to launch in spring 2010. The company raised more than $4 million from Troika Venture Fund ahead of the launch.

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5. Founded in the middle of 2008, Russia’s first online shopping mall, WikiMart boasts high-profile business angel investors. The company, which raised several hundred thousand dollars from Western investors in May 2009, faces a challenge to grow regular traffic to the site above current 5 thousand daily visitors.

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.6. 3D web-enabled social gaming developer, CloudMatch renders the 3D world in a cloud and delivers 3D graphics to Web browsers using AJAX. Founded by Max Gannutin and Andrey Kazakov in 2009, Mountain View, CA and St. Petersburg, Russia-based CloudMatch offers 3D postcards Facebook application CloudCards and develops 3D chat/virtual room application CloudChat. The company is also involved in co-production of social games with game publishers. CloudMatch is looking for its first major venture capital funding..

7. Personal computer security software vendor, SafenSoft delivers new standards of protection against computer viruses, trojans, exploits and hackers. Founded in 2006 by CEO Mikhail Kalinichenko as spin-off of StarForce, SafenSoft raised $3.6 million from Troika Venture Fund in March 2009 and entered the U.S. market with SafenSec products in November 2009..

8. Virtual computing company iCore Software has launched beta version of iCore Virtual Accounts (VA), container-based virtualization for Windows desktop, for free download. iCore VA are isolated virtual machines that run on top of existing hardware and operating system. Founded in 2007 by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology PhD students Artem Prokopenko and Nikita Parfenov, iCore Software raised seed funding from ABRT Fund.

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9. Create-your-own-avatar (“inf”) service “А-я-яй.ру” (iii.ru) was launched in March 2009 by online expert systems and virtual assistant service developer Nanosemantics. In June 2009, iii.ru reached 100,000 registered users. The avatar can be trained and embedded into your own site or blog. The company is funded by Natalya Kaspersky, CEO of InfoWatch and her husband Igor Ashmanov.

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10. WiFi-based geolocation service provider Wi2Geo (Wireless to Geographic) offers its online and mobile users a range of location-based services from its online partners. Launched in Moscow in July 2008, Wi2Geo has raised funding from Kite Ventures of Edward Shenderovich.

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