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Pixonic Funded by Ventech, Kite Ventures and TA Ventures

Files under: Enterprise, Inside View, Mobile, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 06:24 [30. 05. 11]

Social game publisher Pixonic is one of the social game publishers in Russia. It was first funded by AddVenture. The Russian leading online travel agency Oktogo.ru venture capital investor Ventech as well as Kite Ventures of Edward Shenderovich and TA Ventures of Ukraine has put $5 million in Pixonic at a valuation of ca. $10 [...]

Yandex IPO Creates Bonanza for Cisco Russian Fund Almaz Capital

Files under: Enterprise, Inside View, Mobile, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 08:57 [26. 05. 11]

Almaz Capital Russia Fund I, Russia-focused venture capital fund that is backed by Cisco, shall have returned all money to investors with just two investments, fund’s Managing Partner Alexander “Sasha” Galitsky revealed on twitter. Those investments should have been made by Almaz in Qik and Yandex. Almaz‘s first close was at $60 million. Then, Almaz [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Acquisition of ICQ to Make Naspers as Big as Skype?

Files under: Inside View, News
Posted by: Quintura @ 06:55 [19. 11. 09]

Adding ICQ to online instant messaging (IM) platforms and VoIP services already owned by Naspers will complement its global footprint and make Naspers one of the largest global communications companies with over 500 million users. Naspers will become as big as Skype that reported 521 million user accounts at the end of September 2009.  That [...]

Google Seeks to Move to Meaning-Based Search – Quintura Does It

Files under: Inside View, News, Quintura Search, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 01:58 [4. 09. 09]

Google CEO, Erick Schmidt has revealed in his recent interview to Techcrunch that Google needs to move from words to meaning, i.e. better understand search queries and return results based on meaning of the query. “We have to get from the sort of casual use of asking, querying…to “what did you mean?””, he told to [...]

Keep Kids Safe Online with Quintura for Kids

Files under: Inside View, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 15:49 [25. 05. 09]

PCWorld.com blogger Rick Broida has reviewed Quintura for Kids in his article “Keep Kids Safe Online: The Quintura Search Engine” on the blog: Hassle-Free PC. Here is an explanation why Rick turned to Quintura: “Because I can’t monitor my kids’ computer activity every second of the day, I’m starting by replacing Google with Quintura. This [...]

Quintura’s Search Cloud vs. Google’s Wonder Wheel

Files under: Inside View, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 21:09 [17. 05. 09]

Google has introduced several new search options on its search engine including Wonder Wheel, a map to see related searches and refine searching. Quite a few bloggers already said that it is very similar to Quintura’s search cloud (or search map). What is also noticed that Google’s Wonder Wheel is missing images in the search [...]

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 [...]

Happy Holidays From Quintura!

Files under: Inside View, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 17:10 [24. 12. 08]

Discover Christmas and New Year holidays by browsing through our Search Cloud on www.quintura.com! We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

ONEXIM Group to Acquire Forbes?

Files under: Enterprise, Inside View, News
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 [...]

Why FAS Refused Google’s Acquisition Of Begun

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 01:20 [24. 10. 08]

Rambler Media, which operates one of the most popular Russian internet portals Rambler, has announced that the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) refused Google‘s application to acquire 100% of Russian contextual advertising company Begun. Rambler Media, which owns 50.1% of Begun, agreed to sell the company to Google for $140 million last July. Google had [...]

Rambler Launches Massive Ad Campaign

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 00:03 [14. 10. 08]

Having agreed selling contextual ads service Begun and outsourcing the most of its search engine activities to Google, the leading Russian internet company Rambler Media is launching a massive outdoor and television advertising campaign with a goal of doubling its current daily audience and becoming number one online destination in Russia within one year. Rambler‘s [...]

Rambler Revenues Up 152% Year-On-Year

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 14:57 [23. 09. 08]

Rambler Media, the Russian internet service and media company operating the Rambler portal, has reported its consolidated interim financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2008. Below are Rambler’s user statistics, financial highlights and key deals. In July 2008, Rambler agreed to sell a 50.1% stake in contextual ad firm Begun to Google [...]

Early Success of Quintura Site Search Rewarded With New Funding

Files under: Inside View, News, Quintura Search, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 16:27 [5. 09. 08]

Quintura is a semantic search engine and advertising technology company that offers interactive site search, analytics and monetization platform for web publishers and content owners. I would like to announce today that Quintura has received several million dollars in bridge funding from leading European early-stage venture capital investor Mangrove Capital Partners as a part of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How Long Mail.ru and Yandex Will Lead The Russian Internet Race?

Files under: Inside View, News
Posted by: Quintura @ 14:00 [17. 07. 08]

The most popular Russian web properties in June 2008 were Mail.ru with 14.7 million unique visitors, Yandex with 14.6 million, the social networks Odnoklassniki.ru – 10.6 million and Vkontakte – 9.4 million, and Rambler – 9.1 million, reported business daily Vedomosti according to TNS Web Index. Mail.ru also led the Russian market with 6.2 million [...]

Odnoklassniki.ru Expects Revenue of $30 Million in 2008

Files under: Inside View, News, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 02:46 [18. 04. 08]

The largest Russian social networking site Odnoklassniki.ru reported revenue of $3.3 million in Q1 2008, including $3 million from display (banner) advertising and $0.3 million from contextual advertising. Odnoklassniki.ru is expected to generate revenue of up to $30 million in 2008, says Albert Popkov, founder and CEO of the company. He estimates that it will [...]

Russian Tech to Prosper Under New Russian President

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 22:30 [2. 03. 08]

Dmitry Medvedev is leading Russia’s presidential elections today, says preliminary data being released by Russia’s Central Election Commission (Izbirkom). Dmitry Medvedev leads the elections with more than seventy percent of votes counted. Will the Russian technology, Internet and software businesses continue to grow and become much more competitive globally, when Dmitry Medvedev becomes the President [...]

CTC Media To Acquire DTV Channel in Russia For $400 Million

Files under: Inside View, News
Posted by: Quintura @ 03:03 [27. 02. 08]

According to Vedomosti business daily, Russia’s 4th most watched TV broadcaster CTC Media may acquire DTV, a Russian entertainment TV channel for up to $400 million from Modern Times Group (MTG). The Russian Association of Communication Agencies (AKAR) recently released data that TV advertising market in Russia was some $4.4 billion in 2007, up 31% [...]

Meet VC Investor Behind PlateSpin Acquired by Novell For $205 Million

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 00:58 [26. 02. 08]

Novell announced today it agreed to acquire virtualization data center management software vendor PlateSpin for $205 million. The company raised about $10 million in venture funding in total of which $7.4 million round in November 2005 was led by Scott Maxwell, the managing partner of OpenView Venture Partners and formerly managing director at Insight Venture [...]

Is TechCrunch In Russia Taken Over By Cyber Squatter?

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 02:09 [30. 01. 08]

Being the fastest growing online nation in Europe, the Russian Internet is making headlines by re-producing almost every popular Western web service. See my list of Top Web Sites & Apps of 2007 in Russia. Richard MacManus of ReadWriteWeb recently raised an issue of ‘Brand’ Squatting on his blog. And now it looks like TechCrunch.ru [...]

2007 Is The Year of Social Networks in Russia

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 12:04 [16. 12. 07]

Odnoklassniki.ru has become the largest Russian (and, most likely, Eastern European) social networking site with 7 million registered accounts and 2.5 million daily users. I recently met with Albert Popkov, the founder of Odnoklassniki.ru. His vision for the site is to provide the best online networking experience for classmates from school and university who would [...]

My Debate on AltSearchEngines.com — Tag search vs. Tab search

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 09:21 [8. 12. 07]

I joined a debate with CEO of Zuula on AltSearchEngines.com on December 4. 1. Do you build your own index or do you use another index? How important is that distinction? We at Quintura do build our own web index. As compared to a traditional web index, the Quintura web index is based on contextual [...]

Quintura Named Search Engine of the Year

Files under: Inside View, News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 11:40 [4. 12. 07]

AltSearchEngines, a popular blog from the Read/WriteWeb blog network, has named Quintura the Alternative Search Engine of the Year, 2007. Charles Knight, editor of AltSearchEngines, explains: “[Last] Saturday Quintura began their new ad campaign “We are not afraid of Google!” Now that may just be bravado, and I’m sure that all 10 finalists would say [...]

Quintura at Business 2.0

Files under: Inside View, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 16:32 [4. 08. 06]

Quintura is profiled in the August issue of Business 2.0: Magazine by Erick Schonfeld. Check out the map of innovative web services from Europe in his article “Web 2.0: Around the World” (page 108)

Eurovision: Lordi vs Dima

Files under: Inside View, News, Search Cases
Posted by: Quintura @ 03:49 [21. 05. 06]

While watching the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 last night, the fnal results came to me as a surprise. Dima Bilan of Russia with his song Never Let You Go took the second place. Dima delivered a stunning performance that was featured by the Russian ballet dancers. He should had won the contest but the Finish [...]

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