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Ben Hopkins

Ben Hopkins

RusBase.com editor - I read all the Russian venture news and bring you the best bits in English.


3D-virtualisation company Vizerra gets $5 million
3D-virtualisation company Vizerra gets $5 million
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The deal comes as one of Vizerra's main rivals in Russia withdraws its services from companies on the sanctions list.

Vocab-learning app EasyTen gets $40k Facebook grant
Vocab-learning app EasyTen gets $40k Facebook grant
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Earlier this year the startup raised $450,000 from Moscow's state-backed accelerator FRII.

Tiger Global Management reduces stake in Wikimart
Tiger Global Management reduces stake in Wikimart
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The US-based fund's decision continues a trend which has seen a number of foreign investors pull out of Russia.

Mail.ru gets VKontakte at last
Mail.ru gets VKontakte at last
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Russia's second biggest internet company has paid $1.47 billion for UCP's 48% stake in the social network.

TC Disrupt winners - "pale imitations of Russian startups"?
TC Disrupt winners - "pale imitations of Russian startups"?
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Rusbase decided to compare six finalists from TC Disrupt San Franciso with their Russian equivalents.

Moscow government buys itself a social network
Moscow government buys itself a social network
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The city hall bought out the fund Russian Ventures, which invested $1.1m in neighbourhood network Sosedi.ru last year.

Yandex.Music to get a major makeover
Yandex.Music to get a major makeover
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The new service will use data from Yandex records and social networks to generate relevant recommendations for users.

Kazakh e-commerce catching up
Kazakh e-commerce catching up
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Online retail is catching on in Kazakhstan, with foreign websites especially popular.

Finance sector #1 client as IT-services grow by 8%
Finance sector #1 client as IT-services grow by 8%
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The financial sector and the state increased spending on IT-services in 2013, but orders from telecoms providers fell.

Yandex acquires adtech company ADFOX
Yandex acquires adtech company ADFOX
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The team will join Yandex's advertising department, where they will work on solutions for major publishers. 

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