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Archives for April 2011

Yandex IPO Pre-Marketing to Start on May 3 in Moscow

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 09:57 [28. 04. 11]

// The leading Russian search engine company Yandex will begin pre-marketing its IPO in Moscow on May 3, according to Reuters. The IPO is planned at NASDAQ in June 2011. The IPO can put Yandex valuation to as high as $9 billion. The company may sell 10% to 20% stake at IPO. The Yandex IPO [...]

Alfa Group Offers To Sell 25% of CTC Media for $1 Billion

Files under: News
Posted by: admin @ 05:36 [28. 04. 11]

// Alfa Group, which owns a 25.3% stake in CTC Media, has offered to sell its stake to MTG of Sweden for $1 billion. The offer is valid until May 25, 2011. MTG owns 38.2% of CTC Media. The other potential purchaser of the stake is National Media Group, reported Vedomosti. CTC Media is a [...]

Google Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures Comes to Russia

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 05:07 [26. 04. 11]

// Google‘s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt‘s investment firm, TomorrowVentures has partnered with Digital October, a Moscow-based business incubator and center of Ru-Com of Mikhail Abyzov, its investment firm Bright Capital and TeleMarker in Russia. Tomorrow Ventures plans to make investments in Russian internet and technology startups out of Digital October‘s business incubator Bricolage. Inspired by [...]

Quintura Kids Search Engine Q Kids is Top Download at Vodafone 360 Shop

Files under: Mobile, News, Quintura Search, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 15:56 [21. 04. 11]

Android is now an extremely important platform for mobile software application developers. A-Fund to invest $100 million in Android app developers is coming. That is why we have released Quintura search apps in Vodafone 360 shops in Europe and Amazon Appstore for Android in the U.S. Q Kids, Android app of Quintura Kids search engine [...]

Meet Delegates of 2011 European VC Trip to Russia

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 01:40 [20. 04. 11]

// The European Venture Capital industry trade delegation to Russia that includes some leading European venture capital firms and top executives visit Russia this week. They join the 2nd International Trade Delegation on Global Innovation Partnerships in Moscow and Kazan on April 18 – 22, 2011. The European venture capital delegates visiting Russia include: Alastiar [...]

Yandex IPO to Make Dozens of Yandex Employees Millionaires

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 04:50 [16. 04. 11]

// The Yandex IPO, which is managed by investment banks Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, is planned at NASDAQ in summer 2011. The IPO can put Russia’s leading search engine and contextual advertising company Yandex valuation to as high as $9 billion, wrote WSJ. The company plans to sell 10% to 20% stake [...]

Metabar, Conduit of Russia, Raises $1 Million from Runa Capital

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 09:37 [15. 04. 11]

The seed and early-stage venture capital fund Runa Capital of Serguei Beloussov has invested $1 million in toolbar builder Metabar.The investment from Runa shall help Metabar to employ its first-mover advantage in the Russian internet market of some 50 million users. Metabar business model is similar to one of U.S./Israel company Conduit with revenues derived [...]

Bessemer, Balderton and Russia Partners Invest $55 Million in KupiVIP.ru

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 02:51 [14. 04. 11]

Bessemer Venture Partners, Balderton Capital and Russia Partners (Siguler Guff‘s Russian investment arm) have acquired a significant stake in the leading Russian online shopping club KupiVIP.ru. The private equity firms invested $55 million in Series C in KupiVIP. The existing investors Accel and Mangrove Capital also particiated in the round that included the acquisition of [...]

Yandex.Factory to Invest in Startups

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 22:07 [13. 04. 11]

If you have a startup you can now sell it to Yandex right away. The leading Russian search engine company Yandex announced that its startup fabric Yandex.Factory (Яндекс.Фабрика) is going to invest in internet and mobile startups internationally. The seed and early-stage investments will range between $50,000 and $150,000. Yandex.Factory will consider investing in the [...]

Vodafone Now Sells Quintura Search Apps for Android

Files under: Mobile, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 11:45 [11. 04. 11]

The Quintura search apps for Android devices have been included in the Vodafone 360 Shops in Europe. The Quintura apps are now available at Vodafone 360 Shops in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Ireland as well as at MTS app store (МТС Магазин) in Russia. Quintura offers recipe search (Q Cook), [...]

Badoo Valued at $2 Billion; Sequoia to Invest in Badoo?

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 08:59 [9. 04. 11]

// Sequoia Capital partner, Forbes Midas List #2 Michael Moritz has recently flown in to London to meet Badoo founder Andrey Andreev, according to May issue of Wired UK magazine. The valuation of Badoo is being discussed at around $2 billion, the magazine said. Badoo IPO is also being considered. Launched in 2006, social dating [...]

OZON.ru Revenues $136 Million in 2010; Seeks to Sell 10% for $40 Million

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 08:10 [8. 04. 11]

The largest Russian online store (Amazon of Russia) OZON.ru has announced operational results for 2010. OZON.ru is looking to sell a 10% stake in the company for more than $40 million. The sale, which shall include selling new shares and exisiting shares by minority shareholders, will imply Ozon.ru valuation of over $400 million. The company [...]

Yuri Milner Named to Forbes Midas List

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Posted by: admin @ 01:45 [8. 04. 11]

Yuri Milner has become the first-ever Russian to be named to the Forbes Midas List. Forbes named Yuri Milner #25 at the Midas List of 2011′s top 100 tech investors. Yuri Milner‘s firm Digital Sky Technologies (DST) has invested in social media companies Facebook, Groupon and Zynga. Those investments should be now worth more than [...]

Russian Online Shoe Store Lamoda.ru Scores Funding from Tengelmann Group, Holtzbrinck Ventures and Investment AB Kinnevik

Files under: Inside View, News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 02:20 [7. 04. 11]

The race to become Zappos of Russia (or Zalando of Russia) gets underway. In July 2010, the French Direct Group of Pascal Clement and the German Otto Group-backed eVenture Capital funded the Russian online shoe store Sapato. In November 2010, Investment AB Kinnevik contributed $2 million of $5 million round in Sapato. The other Russian [...]

SuperAngels-backed Oktogo.ru Closes $5 Million from Mangrove, ABRT and Ventech

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 03:06 [5. 04. 11]

The leading European early-stage venture capital firm Mangrove Capital Partners has led $5 million investment round in Oktogo.ru, Russian online hotel booking service. Mangrove‘s partner Mark Tluszcz confirmed the investment on his Twitter. Other investors included ABRT Fund and Ventech. The so-called “SuperAngels“: Fabrice Grinda (co-founder of OLX), Jose Marin (IG Expansion), Javier Perez-Tenessa (founder [...]

Kaspersky Lab Revenues Reached $0.5Bn+; Largest Software Company in Russia

Files under: Enterprise, News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 03:17 [4. 04. 11]

World’s largest privately-held Internet security company, Kaspersky Lab has oficially become the largest software and Internet company in Russia. It is bigger than Yandex, which reported revenues of ca. $410 million in 2010. Founded in 1997, Kaspersky Lab reported revenue of $538 million in 2010, up 38% from 2009. The company generated revenue of $218 [...]

First GLONASS Phone Available at MTS

Files under: Mobile, News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 16:36 [1. 04. 11]

The first mobile phone with GLONASS is now available. The smartphone MTS GLONASS 945 is retailing for 10,990 Roubles (ca. $388) at online shop of MTS, Russia’s leading mobile phone operator. The smartphone uses both GPS and GLONASS, the Russian global satellite navigation system. Thanks to using both systems, the phone shall have faster navigation [...]