Last month Darta Systems, a Russian-Canadian biomedical startup, launched the Emvio Watch, a gadget that “measures stress and makes everyday stress management easier ” In contrast to ordinary fitness bands, the device lets users know when they overreact to such negative situations as disagreements with people, waiting in line or bad news. According to its […]

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Two initiatives that confirm the Russian government’s commitment to support the country’s high-tech industries were announced this month. The first was the creation of a 5 billion ruble (approximately $100 million) tech fund by RVC, the state-owned fund of funds dedicated to innovation, in partnership with Da Vinci Capital Management, a major internationally-oriented Russian asset management company. Presented as […]

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Over the past few weeks, AliExpress has multiplied initiatives to strengthen its leadership on the Russian e-commerce scene. The Chinese giant has teamed up with Russian online bank Tinkoff Bank to launch a co-branded loyalty program. Associated with MasterCard credit and debit cards, this program is the first of its kind in the world, said […]

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KupiVIP, a major Russian online fashion group, announced today the acquisition of footwear retailer Sapato.ru and its 6-million client base from the Ozon group. “The acquisition will help KupiVIP strengthen its position by significantly expanding its client base and product assortment,” KupiVIP stated. The acquirer also expects to benefit from Sapato’s “deep expertise in international purchases in […]

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Perfume lovers now have an easy and affordable way to access a supply of over 350 top designer fragrances, including Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Hermes, Gucci and Marc Jacobs. By subscribing to Scentbird.com, they will receive a new fragrance each month “in a sleek and beautiful purse-sized spray,” the startup promises. Subscribers can choose their fragrance based on suggestions from Scentbird’s “TruScent Recommender,” which leverages a database […]

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Earlier this month Net Element, a NASDAQ-listed provider of mobile payment and value-added transactional service and solutions in Russia and in the United States, announced the acquisition of Russian Internet payment service provider (IPSP) PayOnline. The deal amounted to some $8 million, reported online tech portal CNews.ru, referring to SEC documents. The closing is still […]

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Yesterday Ozon Holdings, one of Russia’s most established players on the Russian e-commerce scene, announced that Maëlle Gavet, its French-born CEO since 2011, is moving on from the company. Israeli-born Danny Perekalsky, currently Ozon’s deputy CEO, has been appointed as new CEO. He will assume the new role immediately, with Gavet staying with the company for a […]

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Led by Alibaba’s B2C subsidiary AliExpress, Chinese online retailers have gained a significant share of the Russian e-commerce market over the past two years. Of the 70 million orders that were shipped by foreign online retailers to Russia last year, more than two-thirds came from China, according to estimates cited in EWDN’s last market research. […]

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Buran Venture Capital, a Moscow-based, internationally-oriented venture fund, appears to be among the backers of Shazam, which raised $30 million this past January in a funding round that valued it at over $1 billion. While the other investors are still unidentified, the Russian fund revealed yesterday that it contributed $8.5 million in the round.

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Ulmart, Russia’s leading e-commerce company, confirmed today its plan to go public next year in a yet-to-be-determined Western stock exchange, the company’s chairman and co-owner Dmitry Kostygin told Russian business daily RBC. Ulmart is thus considering raising $1 billion or more in exchange for 25% of the company’s shares. Advisers for the IPO could be […]

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