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Drone World Expo: drone delivery might be around 1-3% of the drone services market
Drone World Expo, held in San Jose (CA, 15-16 November), is the defining event for the commercial applications of UAS technology. J’son & Partners with JSON.TV attended the conference to get a sneak peek of commercial drone industry. ...
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30 November 2016
New fund to invest $2 million in B2B solutions till end 2015
Russian entrepreneurs who develop B2B solutions for the consumer segment may now receive support from a specially dedicated venture fund. Christened B2B Lab, this fund has just been launched by Alexander Boiko and Vadim Potrashkov, two shareholders of Russia’s leading B2B marketplace B2B-center.ru....
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27 July 2015
Yuri Milner invests $100 million to find intelligent extraterrestrial life
“What is the greatest question ever asked?” poses Yuri Milner, layering smoked salmon atop toast points....
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21 July 2015
Roman Abramovich invests in Israeli startup Anyclip Media
Yesterday Israeli startup Anyclip Media, which has developed a content marketing platform for distributing premium branded video, announced it has completed a $21 million funding round. Leading participants included new investors Ervington Investments, a company owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, and Limelight Networks (LLNW), a global digital content delivery company....
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21 July 2015
Russia’s Target Ventures opens office in San Francisco, invests $13 million in P2P lending platform Prosper
In a new illustration of the invest-abroad trend among Russian investors, Target Ventures announced last month the opening of an office in San Francisco. The fund’s first US investment went to Prosper, a leading US peer-to-peer lending marketplace, which received $13 million, as reported by Russian tech blog Rusbase....
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21 July 2015
Titanium and TMT invest in Israeli mobile “techy concierge”
In late June Tel Aviv-based Drippler, which provides personalized recommendations on apps, features, and accessories, announced that it raised $4.5 million in Series A funding which involved two Russia-connected funds –  Titanium Investments, which led the round, and TMT Investments....
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21 July 2015
Fintech startup IQcard claims 1 billion ruble monthly turnover, receives new capital injection
Last week IQcard, a startup offering prepaid cards and monetization instruments for retailers’  loyalty programs, has raised an undisclosed amount from Finteca Holdings, a new fintech fund investing in Russia and Eastern Europe....
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29 June 2015
Roman Abramovich invests $500,000 in Russian-Israeli medical consultation startup
Earlier this week Russian-Israeli startup Medviser announced that it has received half a million US dollars in investment from Roman Abramovich. The transaction was made via an undisclosed entity belonging to the Russian billionaire. It valued the company at $1,7 million post money, with the investor receiving a 30% stake....
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4 June 2015
Moscow plays host to the InvestRus International Conference “Investment 2015. Choosing Russia!”
On March 11, 2015, the InvestRus International Conference was held in Moscow. The conference, which has become an annual event, is a respected forum for the discussion of investment policy and the results of its implementation in the Russian Federation. The Conference is held annually under the auspices of the Investment Council under the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation with t...
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16 March 2015
Russian venture fund Life.Sreda seeks to sell assets amid first signs of severe industry contraction
Russian fintech fund Life.Sreda is seeking buyers for the greater part of its portfolio companies, both Russian and foreign, Russian business daily Vedomosti has learned from unnamed industry insiders. The fund intends to concentrate on the development of its most promising project, mobile acquiring startup LifePay....
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13 February 2015
Austria’s S&T AG announces major Russian investment plan
The board of directors of Austrian IT-provider S&T AG has approved an investment plan which will see it pump tens of millions of euros into Russian companies in 2015. The plan was announced by S&T Vice-President Alexander Malshakov, responsible for the company’s business in Eastern Europe....
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4 February 2015
Moscow Seed Fund concludes first investment cycle
Moscow Seed Fund, the venture arm of the Moscow City authorities, is concluding its first three-year investment cycle....
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30 January 2015
News aggregator Anews raises $2.7 million for further international expansion
Startup and several individual investors. As reported by Rusbase, TMT Investments and Run Capital each invested $1 million, in exchange for minority stakes in the company....
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28 January 2015
Runa Capital leads $3 million round in US startup LendingRobot
Earlier this week Seattle-based startup LendingRobot completed a $3 million funding round led by Runa Capital, a venture firm operating globally from its offices in Moscow and San Francisco. Club Italia Investimenti II also participated in the round along with individual investors, but the amount of their respective contributions was not disclosed....
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23 January 2015
Siberian high tech company teams up with Singapore’s HaxAsia to launch local “fund-accelerator”
Just one year after Russia saw the launch of its first hardware-oriented accelerator, DI Group, a Tomsk, Siberia-based high tech group, has launched a “venture fund-accelerator” targeting startups in the fields of smartphones, electronics, gadgets and Internet projects....
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22 January 2015
Elbrus Capital acquires minority stake in realty classifieds group Cian
Elbrus Capital, a major private equity business operating in Russia and neighboring countries, has acquired a minority stake in Cian Group, a major player on the Russian online realty classifieds market....
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21 January 2015
Rostelecom to acquire major data center and Internet infrastructure company
Rostelecom, Russia’s national telecom operator, announced yesterday the acquisition of a majority stake in SafeData (LLC Data Storage Centre), a leading operator of commercial data centers, traffic exchange services and content delivery....
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16 January 2015
Sberbank’s SBT Venture Capital invests in social network for investors
SBT Venture Capital, the venture arm of Russia’s national savings bank Sberbank, has invested in eToro, a social network for investors. The Cyprus based social network allows members to follow the activities of their fellow investors in real time....
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17 December 2014
Web server publisher Nginx raises $20 million from US fund NEA
Nginx (pronounced “engine-x”), a US-based open source web server publisher with Russian origins, has secured $20 million in a Series B1 round of financing from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). German-American fund e.ventures, Moscow-basedRuna Capital, Index Ventures and Nginx CEO Gus Robertson also took part in the round, the company announced....
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10 December 2014
Russia’s Imperious Group injects $400,000 in American-Ukrainian private jet service startup Jetme
In California, Ukrainian developers have launched the startup JetMe, a service which allows users to reserve and pay for flights on private jets to any point around the globe....
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24 November 2014
Russia’s Imperious Group injects $250,000 in Ukrainian startup Multitest to conquer Western markets
In a new illustration of the maintained interest of several Russian funds in Ukrainian startups, Imperious Group has invested $250,000 in Multitest, a Kiyv (Kiev) -based startup that helps Internet users choose their ISP. The funds will be used to redesign the platform and penetrate new markets....
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13 November 2014
ACTIVECLOUD BY SOFTLINE PURCHASED CLOUD PROVIDER DE NOVO RUSSIA
ActiveCloud by Softline has announced about purchase of Russian sector of cloud provider De Novo and about the appointment of it ex-Head Mikhail Kozlov as a Business Development Director ActiveCloud Group of Companies. Such steps will be taken due to the active company’s growth and expansion of the range of services.  ...
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13 October 2014
SKOLKOVO RESIDENT IS HAVING VIEWS ON CHINESE MARKET
Optograd Nanotech is going to execute agreements with Shandong Trustpipe Industry – to launch Russian technologies on Chinese market. The amount of the contract will be $41 mln. Russian party is already preparing to implement technologies which production is based in China.  ...
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13 October 2014
FIRST ONLINE AUCTION WAS LAUNCHED IN RUSSIA, SIMILAR TO THE DUTCH TIMERUN
New type of online shopping is available in Russia – the buyer can manage the price in order to decrease it. Making purchases by this system, it is impossible to make over payment: if the price is not good enough, the buyer decreases it until is ok for him.  ...
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7 October 2014
VENTURE MARKET – IS GOING DOWN
Venture market volume in 1H2014 was 241,3 mln.USD, the decrease for 1 510,7 mln.USD vs 2013.  ...
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6 October 2014
ROSTELECOM WILL ESTABLISH A 50$ MLN. VENTURE FUND BY THE END OF THE YEAR.
New invest company will have a focus on Russian software and hardware manufacturers and also cloud systems companies. Rostelecom is being interested in new developments, as it is planning to increase the share of Russian equipment and software in the networks.  ...
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3 October 2014
YURI MILNER JOINED $165 MLN.ROUND HOUZZ
Houzz, popular platform with design ideas, has attracted financing in D round in the amount of $165 mln. Sequoia Capital Fund – head of the deal, new investors, incl. DST Global Yuri Milner and T.Rowe Price appeared in the deal, plus the current investors - New Enterprise Associates, GGV Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, etc. The company is planning to expand its presence on for...
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2 October 2014
BUSINESS ANGEL SKOLKOVO IS INVESTING IN EACH 10TH PROJECT
Open session of Business Angel Skolkovo Club was held in Hypercube.  ...
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2 October 2014
RUSSIAN VENTURE MARKET ANALYSIS, RESULTS OF 1H2014
J’son & Partners Consulting presents main results of the research: VENTURE MARKET IN RUSSIA, RESUTLS OF 1H2014.  ...
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2 October 2014
3D-DESIGN VIZERRA RECEIVED $5 MLN
Russian developers of 3D-vizualisation technologies Vizerra received $5 mln. in Round B from the managing company Leader. Vizerra will use investments for attraction of new clients and products development.    ...
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1 October 2014
TECHNOPOLIS MOSKVA IS PREPARING “CLEAN” INNOVATIONS
Technopolis Moskva will open clean rooms for developers of micro electronics. For the first time, Russian companies will be able to rent high technological industrial rooms for developments and manufacture of biotechnological and microelectronics products.   ...
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1 October 2014
YANDEX PURCHASED PRICELABS
Yandex announced about purchase of service for e-shops PriceLabs. Vendors manage their rates on goods in Yandex.Market, in order to receive the max amount of clicks to their web-sites by links.  ...
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24 September 2014
LESS BUT BETTER INVESTMENTS IN RUSSIA
Venture market volume in Russia decreased for 28%, increase in number of deals for 18%, according to RVC report for 2013.  ...
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23 September 2014
RUNA CAPITAL HAS INVESTED IN AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL STARTUP
Russian Runa Capital has participated in A round of American SchoolMint. Startup was able to attract $2,2 mln; New School Ventures Fund, Crosslink Capital and other funds also participated. It is possible to make application in 500 American schools via SchoolMint, the list will be expanded with the help of investments.  ...
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22 September 2014
LARGEST INVESTORS LEAVE RUSSIA
Blackstone is closing its operation due to “disappointments” in the country.  ...
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22 September 2014
MICROSOFT AND IIDF ARE LAUNCHING B2B-STARTUPS ACCELERATOR
Today Microsoft and Internet Initiatives Development Fund announced about launch of industrial accelerator which will support startups that develop IT solutions for education, health, trade, manufacture, service sphere, financial sector and government services. The project is being implemented with the support from Microsoft Ventures – international corporation division, which is responsible...
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18 September 2014
INGATE HAD LAUNCHED FUND FOR INVESTMENTS IN INTERNET SERVICES
Holding Ingate created Ingate Venture fund - $15 mln. volume. Its focus – projects in internet marketing, social media and web-services development. It is planned that startups and their technologies could be integrated into the holding.  ...
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10 September 2014
NEW STARTUP-HUB WILL APPEAR IN SKOLKOVO
Business school Skolkovo and Center of Innovational Development (Moscow’s Government) had opened new acceleration platform API Moscow for startups and investors. New hub will help IT progress in Moscow and later in other cities.  ...
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10 September 2014
NEW ACCELERATOR FOR START UP: MEDICINE AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES
Acceleration project BioTechMed has started in Tomsk on 8th September – Federal Competition GenerationS, organized by Russian Venture Company and Center for Innovational Development Moscow. During 17 days 40 teams from all around Russia, chosen from 323, will go through intensive education and will present their projects to Russian investors and business angels.  ...
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10 September 2014
FINLAND COMPANY SANOMA, CO-OWNER VEDOMOSTI IS EXPECTING REVENUE DECREASE IN RUSSIA IN THE COMING 3 YEARS.
According to the company’s presentation, revenue of Russian assets decreased in 2013 almost for 5% from 5,44 bln. till 5,17 bln.RUB. Sanoma’s share in these assets is around 52%. In the coming three year, revenue will continue to drop, till 5,123 bln.RUB in 2014, till 5,116 bln. in  2015, till 5,115 bln. in 2016....
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9 September 2014
“A1 Investment Group” acquired 6.9% of “Armada’s” shares
“A1 Investment Group”, a part of Mikhael Fridman’s “Alfa Group”, acquired 6.9% (1 million shares) of the Russian IT holding “Armada” shares. “This investment decision has been taken in accordance with A1’s strategy and is aimed at undervalued assets acquisition”, - says company’s press release.    ...
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9 September 2014
EDUCATIONAL PROJECT NETOLOGIA-GROUP RECEIVED $1,1 MLN.INVESTMENTS
Educational platform Netologia and Foxford merged. InVenture Partners Fund had invested in the new company $1,1 mln. Funds will be aimed at promotion of current services and development of new projects.  ...
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3 September 2014
MAIL.RU GROUP: QIWI WILL BE TECHNICALLY REMOVED FROM THE COMPANY’S PORTFOLIO
Mail.ru Group had removed payment system Qiwi from the list of portfolio companies. The decision was made by Mail.ru shareholders on 2nd September.  ...
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3 September 2014
“Runa Capital” has sold BackupAgent cloud startup to “Acronis”
Thanks to the deal’s results, Acronis will strengthen its position in the cloud backup market, as the venture fund will get not only money, but also Acronis’ shares.    ...
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3 September 2014
WIKIMART HAS DECIDED TO PURCHASE TERMINAL.RU
Wikimart is going to attract $40 mln. investments. The retailer is planning to spend part of this money on purchase of Terminal.ru. If the deal is closed, yearly turnover of the joint company could reach $500 mln. and become a new large market player.  ...
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1 September 2014
LiveTex’s joined owners invested in Petersburg’s car rental service
Owners of LiveTex Russian IT company, Dmitry Shkliar and Vladimir Bakuteev, have bought a share in StreetCar rent-a-car service. The amount of their investment was not disclosed. The total project investment amounted to 150M rubles. Within three years, the company plan to invest another $15M (about 500M rubles.), which will be used on infrastructure development and to purchase new vehicles.  ...
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29 August 2014
"Avito’s” profitability surpassed "Yandex’s” financial indicators
Russia's most popular free classified “Avito.ru” service’s EBITDA index exceeded 50% in the first half of 2014.    ...
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29 August 2014
Ukrainian “yoCard” has attracted $300K and is going to come to Russia
“yoCard”, an Ukrainian startup, working in the field of discount cards development, managed to attract funds in the amount of $399K. “yoCard’s” value proposition to retail chains and supermarkets is to get rid of the plastic and to swop all plastic loyalty cards to virtual mobile “cards”. There’s no point to enumerate all advantages of mobile “...
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28 August 2014
Tele2’s subsidiaries have helped their “father”
"Tele2 Russia"’s operating revenue for the II quarter 2014 grew by 33.1% compared to the same period last year, while the EBITDA margin decreased by 5.6 percentage points. Analysts attribute the two processes with the "Rostelecom" assets addition.    ...
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28 August 2014
BARING VOSTOK -  $150 MLN. FOR GETTAXI ROUND
Baring Vostok is going to invest $75 mln. in Israeli GetTaxi during the $150 round. It was previously announced that $25 mln. will be also invested by Vostok Nafta. Other investors are not being revealed.  ...
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26 August 2014