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Tulp.ru, Russian Yelp, Raises $3 Million

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 01:03 [11. 03. 11]

Since its founding in 2004, Yelp reached 45 million monthly visitors and 15 million reviews in the U.S. and elsewhere. Its German copycat Qype reached 17 million monthly visitors in Europe since 2005. From recently, there is a Yelp for Russia called Tulp. The unnamed Russian investor has agreed to put $3 million in Tulp. [...]

Will Russia’s ZeptoLab follow Rovio to Raise Millions?

Files under: Mobile, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 08:05 [10. 03. 11]

Forget about social game developers for a while. iPhone game makers are now the hottest property among venture capital investors. While 40 million+ users-played Angry Birds‘ developer Rovio Mobile is getting $42 million investment from Accel, Atomico, and Felicis, its Russia-based counterpart ZeptoLab (authors of very popular Cut The Rope game for iOS) shall be [...]

Russian Diapers.com clone BabyBoom.ru Funded by SuperAngels

Files under: Quintura Search, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 03:22 [7. 03. 11]

When Diapers.com was purchased by Amazon for $500 million last November, some investors were so excited that they decided to bet on baby boom around the world. The so-called “SuperAngels“, a group of Western angel investors have funded BabyBoom.ru, a Diapers.com clone for Russia. The investment amount should be in the range of $0.3 million [...]

Forbes Names Quintura Investors Top 30 Persons in Russian Internet Business

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 03:08 [7. 03. 11]

Veeam Software and Aelita Software founders’ Andrei Baronov and Ratmir Timashev (ABRT) have been named top 30 persons in Russian internet business by Forbes Russia. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Phystech) graduates Andrei Baronov and Ratmir Timashev founded vendor of MS Windows Server management solutions’ Aelita Software that was purchased by Quest Software for [...]

Russia Partners Close to Acquiring 20% of KupiVIP.ru for $40 Million

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Posted by: admin @ 01:47 [3. 03. 11]

Siguler Guff‘s Russian investment arm, Russia Partners is close to acquring a large stake in the leading Russian online shopping club KupiVIP.ru. The private equity firm Russia Partners is completing negotiations to purchase a 20 percent stake in KupiVIP for $40 million, according to newspaper RBC Daily, thus implying KupiVIP valuation of $200 million. The [...]

Wikimart Raises $7 million from Tiger Global

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 16:45 [1. 03. 11]

The private equity firm Tiger Global Management has invested $7 million in Russian online mall Wikimart, reported newspaper Vedomosti. Besides valuation of Wikimart remaining undisclosed, Tiger amassed over a 50 percent stake in Wikimart, according to the paper. Previously, Wikimart (Викимарт) raised $5 million from Tiger in May 2010 and $0.7 million from Western business [...]

General Catalyst Invest in Tour Flash Sales Service Ostrovok.ru

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 05:03 [28. 02. 11]

// The idea of launching copycats of U.S. internet ventures in Russia was proven last year when Russian copycat of Groupon called Darberry was taken over by Groupon. Last summer two Russian-American entrepreneurs Kirill Makharinsky and Serge Fauget launched tour sales online service Ostrovok.ru. The service is very similar to Gilt Groupe tour flash sales [...]

United Media Holding (UMH) to Acquire Sports.ru

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 08:18 [21. 02. 11]

The leading Ukrainian media group United Media Holding (UMH) has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Russian online sports portal Sports.ru from its founders, reported newspaper RBC Daily. The deal is valued at between $1.5 million and $2.5 million, according to the paper. Founded in 1998, Sports.ru is one of the leading sports news [...]

Yandex Plans $1 Billion IPO on NASDAQ in Summer 2011

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 02:11 [21. 02. 11]

// The leading Russian search engine and contextual advertising company, Yandex plans $1 billion IPO on NASDAQ in June – July 2011, reported newspaper Vedomosti. The company hired investment banks Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley to manage the IPO, the paper said. The shares to be sold at IPO will come mostly from existing shareholders [...]

Russian SaaS Provider SKB Kontur Reports Sales of $76 Million in 2010

Files under: Enterprise, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 10:13 [14. 02. 11]

The leading Russian provider of “software as a service” (SaaS), SKB Kontur has reported sales of 2.29 billion Roubles (ca. $76 million) in 2010, up 27% from 1.8 billion Roubles in 2009. Founded in 1988, SKB Kontur is the largest SaaS provider in Russia. SKB Kontur has over 1 million corporate users among small- and [...]

Mangrove Capital Backs African Mobile Betting Service Bettymovil

Files under: Mobile, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 03:07 [11. 02. 11]

It is getting fashionable by venture capitalists to reveal new deals over Twitter. The leading European early-stage venture capital firm Mangrove Capital Partners has invested in mobile betting service Bettymovil, wrote Mangrove partner Mark Tluszcz on his Twitter. “Venture capitalists must look towards Africa….it is the real deal! (you will need to be flexible and creative)” [...]

Onexim and Sputnik to Invest $5 Million in Witology

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 11:21 [8. 02. 11]

The Russian private equity firms Onexim Group of Mikhail Prokhorov and Sputnik Group have invested $5 million in Series A funding in Witology, which develops intellectual crowdsourcing and collective intelligence platform, according to its announcement. Witology was founded by Sergey Karelov, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Alexander Oslon, Chief Social Technology Officer (CSTO). The founders [...]

HipClub.ru Gets Funded by European Business Angels

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 05:36 [2. 02. 11]

The prominent European business angel investors Javier Pérez-Tenessa (founder of online travel agency eDreams), Michael van Swaaij (former CEO of Skype) and others have invested in travel shopping club HipClub.ru. Launched in 2010, HipClub.ru offers “private sales” of discounted tours and hotel stays in Russia and abroad to its registered members. HipClub.ru was founded by [...]

Social Music Service Rdio Funded by Mangrove Capital

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 07:54 [28. 01. 11]

The leading European early-stage venture capital firm Mangrove Capital Partners has invested in Rdio, new social music service of Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennströmn, wrote Mangrove partner Mark Tluszcz on his Twitter account. Launched in June 2010, Rdio (from Radio and Audio) was funded by Atomico, venture capital firm of Janus Friis and Niklas [...]

Yandex to Acquire OpenID login service Loginza

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 05:26 [27. 01. 11]

The leading Russian search engine Yandex has acquired OpenID login service Loginza, according to Yandex blog. Apparently, the Loginza founder decided to accept an offer from Yandex as opposed to raising venture funding for the project. The deal amount, which was not disclosed, is believed to be less than $1 million. Launched in April 2010, [...]

Mangrove Capital Backs SaaS Startup SohoOS

Files under: Enterprise, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 03:07 [27. 01. 11]

The leading European early-stage investment firm Mangrove Capital Partners has invested $1.75 million in SaaS provider of business management tools, SohoOS. The company offers its services for free to small and micro business owners. Mangrove partner Michael Jackson joined SohoOS‘ Board of Directors. Founded in 2009, SohoOS is based in Tel Aviv, Israel and New [...]

Russian Nikolay Abkairov Founded Qik Bought by Skype for $150 Million

Files under: Mobile, News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 04:29 [12. 01. 11]

// Zelenograd, Moscow region Nikolay Abkairov used to manage VoIP technical teams for embedded software developer Spirit DSP. In 2006, Nikolay Abkairov together with former Oracle executives Bhaskar Roy and Ramu Sinkara founded Qik, mobile video streaming service. The trio raised angel funding from Vijay Tella (formerly from Oracle and founder of TIBCO) who became [...]

ProfMedia Invests $3.3 Million in Digital Access (ivi.ru)

Files under: News, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 05:15 [22. 12. 10]

// The leading Russian media and entertainment group ProfMedia has invested $3.3 million in exchange for a 25% stake in online video content service ivi.ru owner Digital Access, reported newspaper Kommersant. The investment valued Digital Access at $10 million pre-money. The Russian online video advertising market shall reach $30 million in 2011. Launched in February [...]

Russian Online Shopping Club KupiVIP.ru Should Be Valued Over $200 Million

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 08:28 [20. 12. 10]

The leading Russian online shopping club KupiVIP.ru was founded in late 2008, less than one year after its German counterpart, brands4friends went live. Online auction and shopping giant, eBay has entered the online shopping club market by acquiring brands4friends, which has 3.5 million members, for $200 million. The deal will imply that the Russian online [...]

DJ Music App MixxMuse Wins TechCrunch Moscow Startup Battle

Files under: Mobile, News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 10:17 [13. 12. 10]

For now, anyone can create music with own hands and iPad. The iPad DJ music app maker MixxMuse has won the startup battle at TechCrunch Moscow event today. The MixMuse DJ HD app, which has over 250,000 downloads of its free iPad app since April 2010 release, sees some 10 percent conversion rate. The free [...]

Yandex IPO Valued at Over $1.5 Billion

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 05:33 [29. 11. 10]

The leading Russian search engine Yandex could do a London IPO in early 2011. Yandex IPO could be valued at over $1.5 billion (GBP 1 billion), according to Reuters. This month, Russia’s leading online company, Mail.ru Group‘ IPO raised $1 billion in London. Launched in 1997, Yandex’ search share in Russia reached over 64% in [...]

Runa Capital to Invest in Voice-Enabled Mobile Social Net OnAir3G

Files under: Mobile, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: admin @ 11:05 [24. 11. 10]

The mobile Internet usage is exploding in Russia. There are over 30 million internet-enabled mobile phones currently used in the country. So, venture capital firms are seeking for the next “killer” mobile application. Runa Capital, early-stage venture capital firm that was recently created by Parallels and Acronis founder Serguei Beloussov and Almaz Capital Partners founder [...]

Avito.ru Raises $26 Million from Kinnevik and Northzone

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Posted by: admin @ 17:16 [15. 11. 10]

Russia’s leading online classifieds site Avito.ru has raised $26 million from Investment AB Kinnevik and Northzone Ventures of Sweden. Kinnevik contributed $21 million of the funding round. Technology investment bank GP Bullhound advised Avito.ru on the transaction, the largest in Russian e-commerce in 2010. Launched in October 2007, Avito.ru has 7 million unique monthly visitors. [...]

eVenture Capital and Kinnevik Invest $5 Million in Sapato.ru

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Posted by: admin @ 04:00 [13. 11. 10]

// The Russian online footwear store Sapato.ru has raised $5 million in second funding round from German Otto Group-backed eVenture Capital Partners, Investment AB Kinnevik of Sweden and Direct Group of Pascal Clement. The new funds will be used to increase assortment of the online shoe store and imrove customer service. Launched in June 2010, [...]

Badoo preparing for IPO

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Posted by: admin @ 04:53 [12. 11. 10]

Russian Internet enterpreneur Andrey Andreev, who created Russia’s leading online dating service Mamba, is aiming for a billion for his global social networking and dating service Badoo, according to site Forbes.ru. Badoo that shall generate revenues in the range of $200 million this year is preparing for IPO, the site says. Andrei Andreev, who sold [...]

IT Territory Founder to Pocket $85 Million from Mail.ru Group IPO

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Posted by: admin @ 02:21 [29. 10. 10]

Igor Matsanyuk, founder of online and casual games company IT Territory, will receive up to $85 million from a sale of his 1.6 percent stake in Mail.ru Group at London IPO, according to newspaper Vedomosti. The paper said that Igor Matsanyuk invested just $0.3 million in IT Territory six years ago, which will imply over [...]

Russian Social Network Vkontakte.ru Valued at $1.5 Billion

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Posted by: admin @ 06:27 [25. 10. 10]

// Mail.ru Group, which plans to sell shares at a London IPO, will invest some of the proceeds from IPO into increasing its stake in the leading Russian social network Vkontakte.ru. Mail.ru Group, which already owns social network Odnoklassniki.ru, plans to acquire an additional stake in Vkontakte, valuing it at $1,500 million, reported Vedomosti.ru Mail.ru Group [...]

The Leading Russian Social Games Company i-Jet to Raise $20 Million

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Posted by: admin @ 16:02 [10. 10. 10]

The leading Russian social games publisher i-Jet Media is raising $20 million funding for a 25 percent stake in the company, reported newspaper Vedomosti. Some 75 percent of the funds to be invested into purchasing game development studios in different countries, while 25 percent – into buying out a minority stake from the founders of [...]

Ukrainian-American Face Recognition Startup Viewdle Raises $10 Million

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Posted by: Quintura @ 02:47 [6. 10. 10]

Initially developed in The Cybernetics Institute in Kiev, Ukraine, facial recognition technology startup Viewdle has raised $10 million in Series B funding round from Best Buy, BlackBerry Partners Fund, Qualcomm and initial investor Anthem Venture Partners. Viewdle‘s downloadable software Viewdle Desktop instantly tags your friends and uploads all of your photos and videos to Facebook [...]

Visual Search App Quintura Kids Is Released for Ovi Store (Nokia)

Files under: Mobile, News, Quintura Search, Tech, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 02:37 [1. 10. 10]

Our kids-friendly search app Quintura for Kids is released for Ovi Store, app store operated by Nokia, world’s largest mobile phone maker. Ovi Store has more than 2 million app downloads per day and growing. Quintura offers the first mobile visual search engine designed specifically for kids. Quintura Kids utilizes touch-based screen of Nokia phones [...]

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