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Baring Vostok Capital Partners Could Acquire $100M Stake in 1C Company

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Posted by: Quintura @ 12:44 [23. 06. 09]

After months of speculation, Yandex and Ozon.ru shareholder Baring Vostok Capital Partners (BVCP) has emerged as a potential investor in Russia’s largest software vendor 1C Company, reported business daily newspaper Kommersant. The private equity fund, which is now doing a due diligence of the company, could invest some $100 million in 1C Company, valuing it [...]

Naspers-Owned Allegro to Acquire UAProm in Ukraine

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Posted by: Quintura @ 23:16 [13. 05. 09]

The leading e-commerce group in Eastern Europe, MIH Allegro Group has acquired a 51 percent stake in B2B e-commerce trading platform, UAProm in Ukraine, in exchange for an undisclosed investment into its business development. The Ukrainian founders of UAProm, who previously worked for the US-based mobile service provider Sonopia, will retain 49 percent and agree [...]

Quintura to Present at E-Publishing Innovation Forum 2009

Files under: Enterprise, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 13:18 [12. 05. 09]

I will be making a presentation of Quintura Site Search at E-Publishing Innovation Forum in London on May 19 – 20. The Forum, which is organized by Incisive Media, will feature keynotes from top executives at Thomson Reuters, Telegraph Media Group, The Economist Group, Reed Business, etc. Quintura is one of the platinum sponsors of [...]

The Largest Russian Software Company to Raise Private Equity

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Posted by: Quintura @ 10:22 [29. 04. 09]

The largest Russian software vendor 1C Company plans to do a private equity placement, reported business newspaper Kommersant. The company could raise up to $100 million from Russian private equity funds. The investment bank Renaissance Capital is managing the placement, said the newspaper. 1C Company, whose revenues were estimated at over $350 million in 2007, [...]

Quintura Site Search Enchances Search Cloud View and Banner Insertion

Files under: Enterprise, Inside View, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 20:10 [7. 04. 09]

We have added several new features and enhancements to Quintura Site Search including: • New Mini-Cloud Settings – settings for search results display, • Banners – an interface to enable embedding images within search clouds. New Mini-Cloud Settings Display search results under the Quintura search widget. If this parameter is disabled, the widget will have [...]

Plastic Media Acquires Mobile VAS Business SMX Com from Rambler Media

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Posted by: Quintura @ 00:20 [3. 04. 09]

The leading Russian mobile content provider, Plastic Media acquired SMX Com, a provider of mobile value-added services (VAS), from Rambler Media. As a part of the acquisition, Plastic Media will operate and provide mobile VAS services to Rambler. The value of the deal was not disclosed but the analysts estimate it at at ca. $3 [...]

Quadriga Capital Acquires Euro-Address Yellow Pages Publisher

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Posted by: Quintura @ 15:14 [21. 02. 09]

The European “yellow pages” publisher Interinfo, which is owned by TPG Capital, sold several of its regional businesses last year. In February 2008, the Baltic countries-focused private equity firm, BaltCap acquired 100 percent of Interinfo group of companies in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with annual turnover of EUR 15.5 million. In late 2008, a St. [...]

Quintura To Power Site Search For Solvay Pharma Corporate Site

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Posted by: Quintura @ 01:12 [16. 02. 09]

The global chemicals and pharmaceutical group Solvay has announced that Quintura started powering site search on its pharmaceutical corporate web-site, Solvay-Pharma.ru. When corporate web-sites of consumer good companies such as Solvay Pharma become media for their brands, Quintura helps Solvay to better interact with their site customers. Solvay has selected to place its own images [...]

I Like A New Look of Technorati Blog Search

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Posted by: Quintura @ 21:44 [4. 12. 08]

While making a search on Technorati tonight (on Moscow time), I have noticed a lot of changes in the Technorati’s interface of search engine results page. Technorati’s homepage has also changed. It’s easier to read. Just a few hours ago, it was an “old” Technorati blog search that we all know it. Now, it’s got [...]

Troika Venture Fund Scores Three Deals For $15 Million

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Posted by: Quintura @ 18:09 [2. 12. 08]

When some of the major Western venture capital funds are slowing down their investment activities, their Russian VC counterparts are going ahead with their investments. Troika Venture Fund, a new venture capital fund managed by Troika Capital Partners (part of the leading Russian investment banking group Troika Dialog) is completing three investment deals for a [...]

Axel Springer and Forbes Extend Cooperation

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Posted by: Quintura @ 00:23 [28. 11. 08]

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, [...]

ONEXIM Group to Acquire Forbes?

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Posted by: Quintura @ 00:44 [24. 11. 08]

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 Favorite Car – Gurney Signature Edition Mustang

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Posted by: Quintura @ 17:50 [23. 11. 08]

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.

Hedge Funds in Russia to Focus on Private Equity Deals

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Posted by: Quintura @ 16:24 [23. 11. 08]

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 [...]

Beeline Named The Best Russian Brand 2008

Files under: Enterprise, Mobile, News
Posted by: Quintura @ 15:18 [17. 11. 08]

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 [...]

Quintura Site Search To Reach Major U.S. Women-Centric Web Sites

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Posted by: Quintura @ 22:05 [29. 10. 08]

Having become a major site search solution provider for women-centric websites in Russia, Quintura Site Search now reaches more than 5 million monthly site visitors in the country. Quintura‘s visual-based site search is being used by major online lifestyle sites such as Passion.ru, Cosmo.ru, LeLuxe, and Portal-Woman.ru. They will be soon joined by Ameno.ru, Bazaar.ru [...]

Quintura Awarded First Patent; Launches Site Search In U.S. Market

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Posted by: Quintura @ 22:07 [21. 10. 08]

I am glad to announce the launch of Quintura Site Search into the U.S. market today and the awarding of the first U.S. patent. We raised a new funding from Mangrove Capital Partners last month to scale the site search business. Quintura Site Search is a hosted site search, analytics and monetization solution for online [...]

Fast-Growing Yandex Postpones IPO

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Posted by: Quintura @ 17:02 [11. 10. 08]

The leading Russian search engine Yandex has reached 50 million searches per day, the company announced on its corporate blog. This number includes searches made on Yandex partner sites Mail.ru, Tut.by, Quintura.ru, and others that use Yandex.XML to power search results. This will imply that Yandex run rate of monthly searches has increased to 1.5 [...]

Quintura Site Search To Join EconWomen Conference

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Posted by: Quintura @ 14:05 [11. 10. 08]

I am delighted to announce that Quintura Site Search is joining the EconWomen conference in New York on October 29 as one of the sponsors. The conference, which is organized by ContentNext Media, will focus on key strategic issues surrounding the economics of women-centric digital media. The agenda includes spotlight Q&A sessions with top executives [...]

Kaspersky Lab To Do Equity Placement

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Posted by: Quintura @ 01:12 [10. 10. 08]

The leading Russian internet security and antivirus software vendor Kaspersky Lab plans to do a private placement of equity to finance potential acquisitions, reported business daily newspaper Kommersant. By attracting external investors, the company shall also become more transparent to large enterprise customers. Credit Suisse is expected to manage the equity offering that could happen [...]

Access Industries Invests In Telematics Service AutoLocator

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Posted by: Quintura @ 13:34 [9. 10. 08]

The U.S.-based industrial group Access Industries, which invests in natural resources, chemicals, telecoms, media, and real estate, has acquired a majority stake in the Russian telematics pioneer AutoLocator. Founded in 2000 by Megapage wireless system distributor, AutoLocator was the first company in Russia to launch vehicle anti-theft systems utilizing both radio and GPS/GSM location systems [...]

Russian Software Market To Double To $7 Billion in 2009

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Posted by: Quintura @ 08:36 [8. 10. 08]

According to a recent research from ISDEF (Independent Software Developers Forum), the Russian software market was valued at $3.7 billion in 2007. The enterprises accounted for 65% of total sales. The rest was divided between the state companies (25% of total sales) and consumers (10% of sales). The market is expected to grow to $5 [...]

First Content Delivery Network Launched In Russia

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Posted by: Quintura @ 11:50 [7. 10. 08]

When the Russian internet population approaches 40 million monthly users and rich media services become very popular, the market certainly needs its own content delivery network (CDN) to optimize performance such as load speed, etc. of online services. The CDN potential customers include media publishers, software distributors and multimedia content providers. To meet the increasing [...]

Leading Russian IPTV Developer Receives Investment

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Posted by: Quintura @ 09:15 [7. 10. 08]

The leading Internet protocol television (IPTV) software and hardware developer Elecard Devices has received $10 million in a form of convertible loan from Slaviansky Bank, reported business daily newspaper Kommersant. The funds will be invested into expanding sales in the U.S. and South East Asian markets. The company expects to complete a financing round in [...]

Early Stage Alternative Fund Invests In E-Learning Service Competentum

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Posted by: Quintura @ 18:23 [4. 10. 08]

The venture capital fund, Early Stage Alternative Fund, which is managed by Svarog Capital Advisors (formerly Renova Capital), has acquired a blocking minority stake in e-learning solution and content provider Competentum, the company recently announced on its corporate web-site. According to business daily newspaper Kommersant, the fund paid just under $10 million for a 35% [...]

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 [...]

Stins Coman To Acquire Control in NASDAQ-listed RiT Technologies

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Posted by: Quintura @ 09:06 [11. 06. 08]

The Russian IT system distribution and integration group Stins Coman has announced it is expected to consolidate 42% shares in RiT Technologies, a NASDAQ-listed provider of physical network infrastructure control and management solutions. Stins Coman will invest a total of over $5 million to purchase RiT‘s shares and warrants from the company’s founders and directors [...]

ABBYY Founder Secures $4 Million To Market Iiko Restaraunt ERP Software

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Posted by: Quintura @ 16:29 [9. 06. 08]

Troika Capital Partners, which manages three Russian regional venture funds with total equity capital of $50 million, invested $4 million in iiko, a restaurant ERP software company, announced Artem Yukhin, Director of Troika’s regional fund in the Republic of Tatarstan. David Yan, founder of document recognition software vendor ABBYY, started iiko together with his partner [...]

Da Vinci Capital Invests in EPAM Systems

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Posted by: Quintura @ 08:21 [17. 04. 08]

The private equity firm Da Vinci Capital invested $18 million in EPAM Systems, the Eastern Europe and Russia’s largest software development outsourcing services provider, reported RBC Daily. It is estimated that Da Vinci Capital obtained a 17 percent stake in EPAM that reported revenues of $115 million in 2007. In 2006, EPAM Systems received $25 [...]

EPAM Systems Enters Oil Rich Kazakhstan With Surprise Acquisition

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Posted by: Quintura @ 07:47 [3. 04. 08]

The Eastern Europe and Russia’s largest software development outsourcing services provider EPAM Systems agreed to acquire Plusmicro, a leading ERP software development and services company in Kazakhstan in all-share deal. The deal is the first ever cross-border software company acquisition in Kazakhstan, the largest Central Asian country known for its vast mineral resources and not [...]

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