Andrey Andreev was one of the first entrepreneurs of the Runet. In 1999, he launched the counter for SpyLog sites, a few years later - the Begun service, which allowed sites to place contextual advertising, as well as the Mamba dating site. By 2006, he had sold his stakes in these projects and concentrated on Badoo, an international dating service.
Isaac Correa and Igor Trif co-owners of Icon Food Icon Food was founded three years ago by the American chef Isaac Correa, whose name is the popular restaurant chain Correa's, and his partner, the former head of the High-Tech Bank. The company operates four establishments: the Upside Down Cake confectionery, Corner Burger, Montalto pizzeria and Black Market restaurant.
Dmitry NAVOSHA Co-owner of Sports.ru - What makes Sports.ru fundamentally different from other sports media? - The fact that we, having a star team on staff, still actively involve people outside the company in the creation of our core values, content and services. We do not really believe in spontaneous Web 2.
Alexander Galitsky Venture Investor, Founder of Almaz Capital Partners - What is the main principle of venture investment? - Esther Dyson (Chairman of the Board of Directors of EDventure. - Ed.) Once told a parable about a magic stone - a version of a fairy tale about porridge from an ax. Many centuries ago, a man came to the village with a stone in his hand.
British postal workers are likely to barricade the door at the sight of Steve Watson, founder of Stack Magazines, but he continues to send 1,300 indie magazines month after month. Watson has been making money since the company was founded, takes no risks and is not interested in the opinions of customers, but his business continues to grow and grow in spite of the dying industry.
NARR8 is an application that ranks first in the Russian AppStore top for iPad (in 2013, an Android version will be released). The service combines interactive books, comics, sciencepop and a platform for developing all of the above. Game Insight is involved in an ambitious project, and he received investments from Igor Matsanyuk.
Skyscanner is an international airline search service, currently the first in Europe in terms of Internet traffic. In total, 30 million people use the service per month, and the total cost of tickets purchased last year amounted to $ 3 billion. H&F talked with the co-founder and CEO of the company Gareth Williams and found out why he was not leaving Edinburgh, whether he began to travel more and how to build a successful one. company from an Excel spreadsheet.
Survey Monkey is a survey service used by more than 14 million people and all Fortune 100 businesses. In 2009, Survey Monkey was acquired by the current CEO, Dave Goldberg, who expanded the geography of the company, expanded its staffing and provided Survey Monkey leadership in online surveys.
Lyudmila KOROBESHKO Director of the company "7 Vershins" Favorite mountains I was born in Pyatigorsk and from childhood I saw Elbrus from the nursery window. He became the first serious mountain that I conquered. I haven’t been preparing for any other grief for so long. It took me more than a year. I remember how my friends and I went to Beshtau to get used to the differences in height, and put our feet in the blood, because out of inexperience we put on new shoes.
Elena MASOLOVA Serial entrepreneur (Darberry, AddVenture), co-owner of the educational service Eduson Elena: - Recently you talked about the geography of users of your resource, and unexpectedly Russia was in first place. Can you share some statistics about Russian users?
The law on propaganda of homosexuality, which was rushed in the first reading, seems absurd to all sane people, including the H&F editorial staff. If the law is passed, any company related to the LGBT community will essentially be forced to go into the shadows. H&F asked those involved in the "thematic" business about how they live now and whether they are afraid of the future.
The Budist service, in which users wake each other with phone calls at a specified time, is about to start making money. In the near future there will be an opportunity to continue to communicate for a fee after the first two minutes of the conversation have expired. The company also hopes to monetize its new Zang dating application within two years, which allows you to call your favorite user without any delay.
After working at two successful technology startups in Silicon Valley and being the product director at Motorola, Alexei Fedoseyev is storming a new and very competitive online survey market in the United States, trying to convince investors that it still has an unoccupied niche. He told H&F how it feels to be a serial entrepreneur.
- Recently, I saw a note about your startup and thought: it is strange that this service has not yet become as popular as Airbnb. After all, the idea lies on the surface: how else can people get a multicultural experience, if not at lunch. How did you come up with this idea? - Three years ago I traveled to Crete and got to dinner with the same family - friends of friends shared a contact.
The H&F editor traveled to Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress and spoke with Jan Kum (in Russian, although sometimes the founder of WhatsApp switched to English). Last week, Facebook bought its messenger for a record $ 19 billion - so Kuma’s performance was a full house and it was like a rock concert, not a session at a specialized conference.
Arsen Revazov founded an advertising agency to advertise on the Internet in 1999, and in 2002 sold his stake to Video International holding, retaining 30% of the company. Now the agency owns exclusive rights to advertise on the sites of the holding Afisha-Rambler-SUP, Yandex, RBC and others.
Entrepreneur Shahar Weiser in 2010 created GetTaxi - a service that allows you to order a taxi using your smartphone. GetTaxi services are available for residents of four countries - Israel, Great Britain, Russia, and since 2013, the USA. In total, the project attracted about $ 42 million. Shahar Weiser told Hopes & Fears about how drivers are selected in Russia, why one cannot plan to enter a new market without a brilliant team, and why the mayor of Tel Aviv held a press conference in a New York office GetTaxi.
- For people close to the advertising market, your departure from BBDO was quite unexpected. Why did you make that decision? - In fact, the exit has not yet ended. I hope it will be completed in the next couple of months, negotiations have been going on for six months now. I could have been comfortable for some time, but I always thought that comfort is a very dangerous situation.
Co-founder of the publishing house "Mann, Ivanov and Ferber" Mikhail Ivanov announced a year ago that he was leaving for the USA. But he did not stop doing business in Russia, but launched the Smart Reading project, a new type of publishing house that compiles brief contents of books and invites subscribers to familiarize themselves with them in audio or electronic format.
In July, entrepreneur and investor Skibinsky published a column on his blog under the laconic headline No Russian. Max left Russia 20 years ago, but he monitored the situation in the country and, until recent events, believed in its economic development. Now he calls Russia the empire of lies, himself - the Euro-Slav, and advises people who want to achieve something, rather to emigrate.
The other day, co-founder of Kaspersky Lab and InfoWatch CEO Natalya Kasperskaya spoke about her vision of the business to #tceh coworking visitors who were about to watch Silicon Valley. Life around chose from her presentation the most interesting passages about how her business is in crisis and which markets it seems to be the most promising.