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Yuri Milner Named to Forbes Midas List 2012

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Posted by: admin @ 07:23 [3. 05. 12]

Yuri Milner has become the first Russian to be named to the Forbes Midas List for the second year in a row. Forbes named Yuri Milner #29 at the Midas List of 2012′s top 100 tech investors. Yuri Milner‘s firm DST Global has invested in social media companies Facebook, Zynga, Twitter and Groupon as well as in [...]

ZocDoc Raises $50 Million from DST

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Posted by: admin @ 11:34 [2. 08. 11]

Russian Yuri Milner‘s firm DST Global, which recently raised $1 billion for DST Global 2, has invested $50 million in ZocDoc, the company announced today on its blog. The Series C investment valued ZocDoc at $700 million, according to TechCrunch. ZocDoc first met (via Ron Conway) with Yuri Milner of DST just a month ago. [...]

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 [...]

Tencent Values DST at $3 Billion; Invests $300 Million

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Posted by: Quintura @ 14:12 [12. 04. 10]

The leading Chinese instant messaging platform QQ-owner Tencent has invested $300 million in exchange for a 10.26 percent economic interest in Russia’s major Internet investment firm Digital Sky Technologies (DST), the company announced on April 12. The investment values DST at almost $3 billion. Tencent and DST share the same investor Naspers/MIH Group, which owns [...]

Russian Internet Roundup: Odnoklassniki New Design, Money@Mail.ru, Yandex ICQ

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Posted by: Quintura @ 09:14 [6. 08. 09]

– The leading Russian social network, Odnoklassniki.ru, which is majority owned by a Facebook investor DST (Digital Sky Technologies) has announced a new site design to provide a better site navigation and increase page load speed. Odnoklassniki.ru, which has 40 million registered accounts and 10 million daily users, has revealed its first major site re-design [...]

DST-Invested Astrum Reaches 5M Players of Legend: Legacy of the Dragons

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Posted by: Quintura @ 11:25 [14. 07. 09]

The leading Eastern European and Russian publisher of online entertainment and browser games, Astrum Online Entertainment, which is backed by Facebook, Mail.ru, Odnoklassniki.ru and Vkontakte investor DST, has reached 5 million users in its browser-based Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), Legend: Legacy of the Dragons. Overall, more than 20 million users are registered in [...]

World’s Most Engaged Social Networking Audience Is in Russia

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Posted by: Quintura @ 07:05 [3. 07. 09]

It is no surprise that MySpace has decided to close down its Russian office. The latest study of social networking in Russia has found that MySpace and Facebook attracted just 371,000 and 616,000 Russian visitors in May 2009, respectively, says comScore. This represented a reach of only 1% and 2% of 31.9 million Russian online [...]

Yuri Milner: DST (Digital Sky Technologies) to Do IPO

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Posted by: Quintura @ 16:24 [27. 05. 09]

DST (Digital Sky Technologies)’ founding partner and CEO, Yuri Milner said in his interview that DST will do IPO. The exact dates will depend on market conditions and readiness of DST itself but the IPO could happen within the next three years. DST was reportedly valued at $1 billion when Russian media and metal investor [...]

Facebook, Russia’s Largest Internet Deal Comes from DST (Digital Sky Technologies)

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Posted by: Quintura @ 22:34 [26. 05. 09]

The largest Russian internet investor, Digital Sky Technologies (DST), which owns stakes in Russian and Eastern European market leading social networks Odnoklassniki.ru, Nasza-Klasa.pl and Vkontakte.ru as well as Russia’s most visited online portal Mail.ru, has invested $200 million into preferred stock for 1.96 percent stake in Facebook, valuing the company at $10 billion. In addition, [...]

Renaissance Partners Sells 2 Percent of DST to Alisher Usmanov

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Posted by: Quintura @ 02:08 [26. 05. 09]

Renaissance Partners, the merchant banking arm of Renaissance Group, has sold a half of its 4 percent stake in Digital Sky Technologies (DST) to Alisher Usmanov, reported business newspaper Kommersant. As a result, Mr. Usmanov increased his stake in DST from 30 percent to 32 percent, the newspaper said. According to analyst estimates, the deal [...]

Odnoklassniki.ru and Vkontakte Investor Seeks Board Seat at Facebook

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Posted by: Quintura @ 12:41 [25. 05. 09]

Yuri Milner, the founding partner of Internet investment holding Digital Sky Technologies (DST), whose social networks in portfolio companies have more than 85 million registered members and 20 million daily users, is seeking a Board of Directors post at Facebook as a part of proposed $200 million to $350 million investment into the company, reported [...]

Digital Sky Technologies Invested in Sape.ru Link Exchange

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Posted by: Quintura @ 02:25 [10. 03. 09]

The leading Russian internet investor, Digital Sky Technologies (DST) has invested an undisclosed amount in exchange for a 25.1 percent stake in Sape.ru, a link exchange service, reported business newspaper Vedomosti. According to the newspaper, DST acquired the stake in January 2008. Founded in 2006, Sape.ru has over 180,000 users and 196,000 web-sites in its [...]

Subscribe.ru Launches Pay-Per-Click Context Ads

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Posted by: Quintura @ 16:10 [15. 02. 09]

It looks like major Russian online services are well armed to sustain economic recession. The leading Russian social network, Odnoklassniki.ru is now generating a half of its revenues from subscription-based services, announced Nikita Sherman, CEO of Odnoklassniki.ru at the Russia Forum 2009. Founded in 1998, Subscribe.ru operator St. Petersburg-based Internet Projects is the largest permission-based [...]

Digital Sky Technologies Invests in Russian Real Estate Service WinNER

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Posted by: Quintura @ 09:57 [30. 01. 09]

When I was looking for an apartment in Moscow more than a year ago, I was able to find one and pick it up before anyone else saw it in other sources thanks to WinNER. This service has now received fresh funding to expand its database offerings to web users. The leading Russian internet investor, [...]

Vkontakte to Launch its Own Context Ad Service

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Posted by: Quintura @ 13:51 [23. 01. 09]

What do you do if you are a market leader in social networking? You will try to leverage your position and maximize revenues. The leading Russian social network, Vkontakte.ru, which has more than 25 million registered users and 7 million daily users, is going to launch its own contextual advertising service in summer 2009, reported [...]

Tiger Global Management Sold 27% of Mail.ru

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Posted by: Quintura @ 12:22 [29. 12. 08]

The hedge fund, Tiger Global Management has sold 27 percent of the leading Russian online portal, Mail.ru to the company’s shareholders, Digital Sky Technologies and Naspers, reported business newspaper Vedomosti. The stake could have been sold for a total of approximately $400 million. Update: Naspers reported that it paid $101 million for a 10% stake [...]

Begun Wins Odnoklassniki.ru Account

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Posted by: Quintura @ 01:37 [6. 12. 08]

Having recently introduced SMS payments for premium features, the leading Russian social networking site, Odnoklassniki.ru, reportedly tested contextual advertisement services from Google AdSense and Yandex.Direct. The contextual ads brought in $0.3 million revenues to the site in Q1 2008. Apparently, it was not enough. Begun, which Google recently failed to acquire for $140 million, has [...]

Google on Odnoklassniki.ru

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Posted by: Quintura @ 03:21 [25. 11. 08]

Having been refused an acquisition of contextual ad firm Begun in Russia, Google was likely looking for revansch. Well, it may has gotten one. This time, it’s not acquisition. It’s a business deal that would increase Google’s 33 percent share of Russian search market by several percentage points. According to business newspaper Kommersant, the largest [...]

Mail.ru Co-Owner Naspers Acquires Hungarian Online Auction Site Vatera.hu

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Posted by: Quintura @ 15:34 [5. 10. 08]

The Hungarian online auction site Vatera.hu has been acquired by a principal shareholder of the leading Russian web portal Mail.ru in one of the biggest financial deals in Hungarian Internet history, the financial news site Portfolio.hu reported. Mail.ru recently postponed its London-based IPO until 2009 after Digital Sky Technologies obtained a majority stake in the [...]

Digital Sky Technologies Could Acquire Seznam For $850 Million

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Posted by: Quintura @ 16:09 [30. 09. 08]

The Internet investment group Digital Sky Technology from Russia remains the most likely buyer of the leading Czech search engine and portal, Seznam, reported Prague-based radio station Radio Praha. Seznam holds more than 60% share of the Czech search market, twice as much as Google. The other potential buyers include private equity firms Warburg Pincus, [...]

Mail.ru Valued At $2 Billion

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Posted by: Quintura @ 03:33 [24. 09. 08]

Digital Sky Technologies (DST), Internet investment group in Russia run by Yuri Milner, has obtained a 50.6% majority stake in Mail.ru by acquiring an additional 15% stake in the company for $300 million from Tiger Global Management, reported business daily newspaper Vedomosti. As a result of the deal, Mail.ru was valued at $2 billion. DST [...]

GQ Names Odnoklassniki.ru Founder Businessman Of The Year

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Posted by: Quintura @ 10:13 [21. 09. 08]

Albert Popkov, the founder of the most popular Russian social networking site Odnoklassniki.ru, has been named “Businessman of the Year” by the men’s lifestyle magazine GQ. The annual ceremony “GQ People of the Year” was held at Et Cetera theater in Moscow on September 18. Odnoklassniki.ru has over 20 million registered accounts and 6 million [...]

Global Technology Fund To Invest $30 Million in Instant Payment Operator

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Posted by: Quintura @ 08:37 [4. 09. 08]

The new private equity fund Global Technology Fund (GTF), which is managed by private equity firm Sloane Square Capital Partners, acquired a 31% stake in FreeCash (Свободная Касса), an instant payment processing provider, with an option to acquire an additional 20% stake, according to the company. GTF will invest a total of $30 million in [...]

Mail.ru Buys Into Online Dating Platform Mamba

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Posted by: Quintura @ 12:18 [29. 08. 08]

It’s only last month when Internet investment group Digital Sky Technologies (DST) took control over the leading Russian email service and portal Mail.ru. Its shareholders including Internet media group Naspers of South Africa then decided to postpone Mail.ru‘s IPO until 2009 to increase value of the company. Now, Mail.ru started implementing its plans by consolidating [...]

Alisher Usmanov Seeks To Acquire Stake In Yandex

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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 [...]

Mail.ru To Postpone $2 Billion IPO Until 2009

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Posted by: Quintura @ 11:53 [30. 07. 08]

The shareholders of Mail.ru decided to postpone its IPO in London until 2009, reported Kommersant by quoting the company’s CEO. This will help Mail.ru to increase its value from current $1.5 billion to $2 billion, estimated analysts. According to newspaper, Goldman Sachs will handle the IPO. Mail.ru reported the highest EBITDA margin of 64% among [...]

Russian Instant Payment Providers Merged

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Posted by: Quintura @ 20:58 [29. 07. 08]

The newly-formed OE Investments has become the leading instant payment processing company in Russia with 47% market share, reported Reuters. The company expects revenues of $200 million on $10 billion turnover in 2008, up from $7 billion in 2007. OE Investments was created as a result of the merger of instant payment processing companies OSMP [...]

Digital Sky Technologies Consolidates 50% of Mail.ru

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Posted by: Quintura @ 17:29 [28. 07. 08]

Digital Sky Technologies (DST), an Internet investment group run by Yuri Milner, has obtained a 50.6% majority stake in Mail.ru by acquiring an additional 15% stake in the company from Tiger Global Management, reported Vedomosti. The deal could be valued at between $180 million and $200 million. That may put Mail.ru‘s IPO plans in 2008 [...]