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Almaz and Intel Capital Invest in AlterGeo, Foursquare for Russia

Files under: Mobile, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 01:15 [9. 06. 11]

Intel Capital and Almaz Capital have led a new round of funding in AlterGeo, a Russian geo social service. Intel and Almaz invested several million dollar in exchange for a 25% stake in AlterGeo, valuing it at $20 million, according to newspaper Vedomosti. That could imply $5 million new investment. AlterGeo previously raised $1 million [...]

Yandex.Factory (Yandex.Start) to Invest in Zenmoney.ru

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 05:06 [8. 06. 11]

The leading Russian search engine company Yandex, which completed $1.4 billion IPO on NASDAQ in May 2011, has invested in personal finance startup Zenmoney.ru. The investment was made as part of Yandex.Factory (Яндекс.Фабрика) initiative, according to Yandex start-up blog. Zenmoney will have to use Yandex.API for future service development. Founded in early 2010, Zenmoney.ru (Дзенмани.ру) offers [...]

RUSNANO to Invest $15 Million in SiTime

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 05:46 [1. 06. 11]

// The Russian nanotechnology investment company RUSNANO has agreed to invest $15 million out of $22 million investment in a new round in SiTime Corpotation, an analog semiconductor company developing MEMS-based silicon timing solutions. Based in California and Ukraine, SiTime plans to open a new design center in Russia with new funds, according to Rusnano. [...]

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 [...]

Skype Engineers ASI Makes First Exit in Russia

Files under: Enterprise, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 08:14 [27. 05. 11]

The Estonian Skype engineers prvate equity vehicle Ambient Sound Investments (ASI), which made its first Russian investment in Software as A Service (SaaS) inventory management software provider LogneX (Moy Sklad) in 2008, has sold its stake in LogneX to Russian ERP software provider 1C Company. In the future, 1C plans to increase its stake in [...]

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 [...]

Quintura #1 Lifestyle App in App Store; Tops Yandex, Afisha, Skype

Files under: News, Quintura Search, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 01:59 [25. 05. 11]

We have released Quintura visual search apps for touchscreen devices for iOS, Android and Symbian. Most of the Quintura search apps reached top 10 apps in their respective categories. On May 23, one of the Quintura search apps has become #1 app in App Store. Our visual-based search app for sex life and relationship Q [...]

Yandex (YNDX) Shares Close Up 55% at $38.84 Per Share at First Trading Day

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Posted by: admin @ 00:20 [25. 05. 11]

Yandex completed $1.3 billion IPO on NASDAQ yesterday, on May 24. Its shares (symbol “YNDX“) surged 55% from $25.00 to $38.84 at the first day of trading. More than 70 million Yandex shares changed hands, which is larger than Yandex IPO volume of 52.2 million shares. Yandex IPO underwriters included Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank Securities, [...]

Yandex Shares Up 40% to $35 Per Share Since Debut

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 11:06 [24. 05. 11]

Today, Yandex shares started trading on NASDAQ under the symbol “YNDX“. The shares are up 40% to $35 per share, implying a market cap of over $11 billion. In honor of the occasion, Arkady Volozh, CEO of Yandex, rang the Opening Bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market. The Yandex team visited the NASDAQ MarketSite in [...]

Yandex $1.3 Billion IPO Today; Yandex Valued at $8 Billion

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Posted by: admin @ 02:40 [24. 05. 11]

The leading Russian search engine and contextual advertising company Yandex will price its shares at $25 per share at IPO. The IPO will value Yandex at $8 billion. Today, the shares of Yandex will start trading on NASDAQ under the symbol “YNDX“. Yandex will raise $385 million at IPO for potential investments and acquisitions. The [...]

RUSNANO to Invest EUR 10 Million in ItN Nanovation

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 01:32 [23. 05. 11]

// The Russian nanotechnology investment company RUSNANO has agreed to invest EUR 10 million (ca. USD 14.3 million) in exchange for 2 million shares in the capital increase by way of indirect subscription rights or for between 25% and 29.9% stake in ItN Nanovation AG, a German public nanotechnology company. The investment is expected to [...]

2GIS City Map Service Stands Against Yandex.Maps and Google.Maps

Files under: Enterprise, Mobile, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 05:17 [19. 05. 11]

// While Yandex will go IPO on NASDAQ this month, its popular Russian online map service is being challenged by 2GIS‘ Russian city guide and map services. Being available for more than 100 Russian cities, 2GIS has released its Moscow city guide and map service. 2GIS maps and city guides include more corporate information details [...]

RUSNANO to Invest in Memory Manufacturing JV with Crocus Technology

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Posted by: admin @ 09:13 [17. 05. 11]

The Russian nanotechnology investment company RUSNANO has made a total commitment of ca. $140 million (3.8 billion Roubles) to invest in MRAM (Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory) manufaturing company in Russia, Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE), a joint-venture with Crocus Technology of France. The CNE company will manufacture medium to high density MRAM products based on Crocus‘ [...]

Yo-Auto Collects Over 50,000 Pre-Orders for Yo-Mobile Hybrid Cars

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Posted by: admin @ 04:25 [17. 05. 11]

The first Russian hybrid car maker Yo-Auto, a joint venture between truck manufacturer Yarovit and Onexim Group of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, has collected more than 50,000 pre-orders for its Yo-mobile hybrid cars in less than 24 hours after beginning to take pre-orders. Yo-auto reveals that the cost of Yo-mobile (ё-мобиль) will range from 360,000 [...]

Skyscanner for Russia, Jizo.ru Launches with Funding from Fast Lane Ventures

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Posted by: admin @ 01:18 [16. 05. 11]

Aimed to be Skyscanner for Russia, Jizo.ru travel meta-search engine has launched with funding from internet business incubator Fast Lane Ventures. While Edinburg, Scotland-based Skyscanner developed its innovative proprietary search engine technology, Jizo.ru used solution from GP Solutions GmbH, a Germany/Belarus travel IT solutions company. Jizo.ru already faces competion from Russia’s leading search engine Yandex [...]

Verizon Now Sells Quintura Search Apps for Android

Files under: Mobile, News, Quintura Search, Search Cases, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 05:42 [13. 05. 11]

Besides Amazon appstore for Android and Vodafone 360 shop, the Quintura search apps for Android devices have been included in the Verizon Media Store in the U.S. Verizon Wireless operates both 4G LTE network and 3G network for more than 100 million customers in the U.S. Quintura offers mobile search apps for Android devices including recipe [...]

First GLONASS Tablet PC Unveiled

Files under: Mobile, News, Tech
Posted by: admin @ 12:12 [10. 05. 11]

// The Russian mobile phone operator Skylink and Rostelecom have announced the first-ever tablet PC with GLONASS dubbed Xpad. They demonstrated the GLONASS tablet prototype at Sviaz-Expocomm 2011 international telecom exhibition in Moscow today. The GLONASS-enabled tablet PC will use dual GPS/GLONASS chipset Qualcomm MDM 6600, processor ARM cortex-A8 800 Mhz, 512 Mb RAM, 3D processor [...]

Yandex Acquisitions Revealed in 2010, 2009 and 2008

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Posted by: admin @ 05:43 [10. 05. 11]

When Yandex revealed its IPO price range, out of 52.2 million total shares to be offered at IPO to investors Yandex will issue 15.4 million new shares to raise over $300 million for potential investments and acquisitions in Russia and abroad. Yandex made some acquisitions in 2010, 2009 and 2008. In August 2010, Yandex invested [...]

Yandex IPO Terms Revealed; Bigger than Mail.ru Group

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 11:51 [9. 05. 11]

Russia’s leading search engine company Yandex, which plans to list on NASDAQ under the symbol “YNDX“, has announced terms for its IPO. The company plans to raise between $1,044 million and $1,148 million by offering ca. 52.2 million shares (or ca. 16% of total issued shares after IPO) at a price of between $20 and [...]

Quintura #1 Productivity App in App Store; Tops Opera, Dropbox, Evernote

Files under: Mobile, News, Quintura Search, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 01:43 [6. 05. 11]

We have released Quintura visual search apps in iTunes App Store, Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store. Some of the Quintura search apps reached top 3, top 10, and top 100 apps in several markets. Today, one of the Quintura search apps has become #1 app in App Store. Our visual-based recipes search app Quintura [...]

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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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

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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

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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), [...]

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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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