Wednesday, November 19, 2008

IT-industry: the new style of the old mode

world financial crisisThe world financial crisis continues, though, seems to have passed its peak. But while the number of jobs is declining, and in Silicon Valley top managers think: What generally mean a financial crisis for the IT sector?

One of the main expectations due to the reduction in IT-budgets of large companies would ensure that these companies rather prefer to have a universal model. There will shift to computing clouds and programs taken from the network, because in this case, you have to pay only the cost of services, rather than the work of an entire IT commands. Also, corporations will be more willing to use software with open source. The crisis has opened new areas of IT-development. Due to the fact that the same U.S. companies close their offices or out of business real estate, it is expected that many adapted from a distance model. And with the changes, which are expected to occur after the adoption of a law on flexible working hours, the companies may have additional reason to allow their employees to work remotely. The increase proposals on the introduction of broadband and various secure virtual private networks make such a working model even more attractive in comparison with those costs, which are at the management office.


In 2008, Microsoft released Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008, wishing to expand their presence in the market of corporate data-centers, but companies have to constantly compete with rival VMware and Oracle. Rob Kelly, vice president of Microsoft, in an interview with IDG News Service noted several interesting points concerning the situation in the market of corporate data-center. For example, he said, Windows Server 2008 has been very well received by industry, and Microsoft had never seen such a quick adaptation of the product on the market. In addition, Kelly commented on the deal between Amazon and Oracle, under which a number of products Oracle has appeared in the service of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. According to him, Microsoft is not afraid «computing cloud» and believe this approach is simply a slightly different mechanism, so do not worry for the company that other players fill formed blank space, no. At Microsoft, adds Kelly, believe in the platform, so any decisions company in this area will platformoorientirovannymi. Surrounding the news about developments in the Microsoft «computing cloud» will rasskazany the Conference of professional developers, which will take place in late October.

EU tariffs and cellular communications

In the European Union in 2009 could be enacted a law by which users of mobile phones will be able to pay less for shipping and SMS roaming. It is expected that as a result of the enactment of a law proposed by the European Commission, tariffs on sending text messages when roaming reduced by 60% - from 46 to 18 cents. Cost minute dropped from 72 to 54 cents. The European Commission, introduced the bill, has repeatedly expressed its dissatisfaction with the high prices of cellular companies. In September 2007, they were set limits for roaming: outgoing calls of no more than 68 cents, to incoming - no more than 34 cents. According to estimates of analysts, revenues of European mobile operators from abroad is about 8-15% of their total income.

Corporate news

The new Board of Directors of Yahoo on Sept. 23 approved a further round of negotiations on a deal with a corporation owned by Time Warner and her company AOL. Details of a possible deal between Time Warner and Yahoo are not known. To date, active negotiations between the companies is not. According to the newspaper Financial Times, director of Yahoo generally held the first joint meeting with election day. Yahoo representatives did not give official comments on the matter.
The popular news portal Digg announced that received investments of $ 28.7 million Funds provided investment fund Highland Capital Partners. Earlier Digg invest Greylock Partners, Omidyar Network and SVB Capital, a total investment of about $ 40 million Using this money Digg plans to double the number of its staff to 150 within the next year, to move to new headquarters, as well as start your site in international markets. In addition, the portal will be launched several new features.

California company Transmeta, previously engaged in the production of processors that are compatible with the architecture x86, announced that it is looking for a buyer. In February this year, Transmeta disclose that it intends to buy Riley Investment Management, owns 6.6% of its shares. Then, for each share Transmeta was requested $ 15.5. But Transmeta proposal does not satisfy, and the deal did not materialize. According to officials of the investment firm Riley, the future of Transmeta in question. In addition to ads on the search for a buyer, Transmeta announced the signing of two new agreements with the corporation Intel, relating to the use of intellectual property products in the latter. Under one agreement, Intel acquired the right to use any technology Transmeta, as well as its future technology, which has not yet been patented. The cooperation will last until December 31, 2017 According to the conditions over the next five years, Intel is committed to pay Transmeta $ 20 million in royalties.

Surprise from Oracle

On 24 September, the head of Larry Ellison at Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, unexpectedly announced the release of the company to market hardware. For the first time in more than 30 years of Oracle will offer customers server hardware under its own brand. The first hardware solutions company Oracle have a server data storage HP Oracle Exadata Storage Servers and integrated HP Oracle Database Machine, created in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard. In fact, the new products represent HP ProLiant servers with pre-configured software and Oracle. Supplied products, as has been said to be under the brand Oracle. In doing so, the company Larry Ellison will assume the support base of software, while Hewlett-Packard will be responsible for the technical side. The system HP Oracle Exadata Storage Servers implemented based server HP ProLiant DL180 G5, equipped with two quad processors, Intel. In the maximum configuration of the server can be equipped with nakopitelyami total capacity of 12 TB. With regard to the platform HP Oracle Database Machine, it is a complete solution that connects 8 database servers and 14 Oracle servers, HP Oracle Exadata Storage Servers. The total capacity storage subsystem HP Oracle Database Machine may be as high as 168 TB. New products targeted at corporate customers and, according to the developers are able to provide high performance with significant loads. The server HP Oracle Exadata Storage Servers can be purchased separately for integration into existing information repository. The cost is $ 4,000 per terabyte of disk space. The system HP Oracle Database Machine will cost the buyer of $ 650 thousand plus the cost of licensing software.

RuNet and figures

Revenue «Rambler» in the I-half increased 2.5 times, and profitability - almost 6 times compared with the I half of 2007, however, the company finished the half with a loss. The most rapidly growing unit «Rambler» service was «Begun», which will soon be sold to Google, but analysts were still believed that getting rid of him would benefit the company. The company «Rambler Media», owns a portal and search engine, showed growth in revenue in the I half of 2008 compared with the I half of last year, more than 2.5 times. Revenue was $ 51.7 million vs. $ 20.5 million a year ago. Profitability reached 17.3% (last year was 3%). This company reported in its today's report. Despite the improvement, the company was unable to get out of loss. According to the report a loss after tax of $ 0.5 million to $ 6.7 million profit for the I half of 2007, sharp deterioration in financial performance is not related to core activities «Rambler». Last year's growth outcome is due to the sale of television business in January 2007 the first - a deal brought holding $ 7.1 million for the declared amount of consolidated revenue and earnings came «Begun» - owned «Rambler Media» service contextual advertising. In July it was announced that its upcoming sale of the corporation Google, and the report «Rambler» «Begun» now is how «asset held for sale». As the report, contextual advertising - the fastest growing area «Rambler Media» - proceeds from it for the year rose to 5.4 times, and I was in half $ 23.2 million, almost three-quarters of it ($ 16.3 million) are directly to share «Begun». In the consolidated revenue «Rambler» «Begun» is 31.5%. Despite the important role «Begun» in the economy of the company, analysts believe that Google has been selling his appropriate decision. Without «Begun» growth rate of revenues from the company dropped, but the company sells the asset at a high price ($ 140 million, of which half get the company «Finam», owns 49,9% «Begun»). This will help her in a liquidity crisis to carry out capital investment more at their own expense. Moreover, sales of «Begun» money - not the main point. Index - that «Rambler» managed to forge a partnership with Google. For «Begun», besides money, he will receive a portion of revenue from Google for contextual advertising. A finding search engine Google, «Rambler», constantly losing share of the search market will be spared the costly investment in support of its own search service. We know that home page «Rambler» in early October, will receive the new design and «shortly thereafter, but not immediately» existing «Rambler» own vertical search engine will be integrated with guglovskim search engine for the traditional. As told in «Rambler», work on the combination of search engines will be at the stage of technical training until the sale «Begun» does not receive the approval of competition authorities. Their approval «Rambler» expected in the near future.

But the company «Yandex» may postpone initial public offering on the stock exchange NASDAQ, which was scheduled for III quarter of 2008, prior to the stabilization of world financial markets. IPO would be postponed indefinitely if the situation stabilizes in the world until October. However, while representatives of «Yandex» did not officially confirm this information.

The French company Packard Bell joined the corporation, and Acer will soon introduce their products to markets in Russia and CIS countries. Trademark Packard Bell in Europe enjoys a reputation premium brand. Already in Russia Packard Bell offers a wide range of notebooks equipped with the latest processors and graphics cards. In the near future, Packard Bell also plans to launch in Russia sales of desktop PCs. Guide Acer is confident that gained recognition in Europe, the French manufacturer's products will enjoy a huge demand and the post-Soviet space.

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IT-Industry: elephants and moski eve of a fight

street fights caught on tapeFurther financial crisis that shake the planet and, above all, the USA, yet not too seriously addressed the IT-industry. But, of course, its consequences have seriously reduce the pace of development and computer and telecommunications industry. For example, revenues fall manufacturers of thin clients - their main clients just been bankrupt financial giants. But there is another, very serious and not all measured, the consequences. At the place collapsed «elephants» IT-business will present «moski», that is, those who are the current giants of competitors, actually, and do not believe. However, this is the future of the case, even quite close.

Google first and foremost

Andy Rubin - creator of a mysterious OS Android and director of the mobile unit Google - said that the first smartphone based on Android is in the final stages of development and will soon be presented to the public. In addition, Rubin said that the income earned from the sale of applications for the platform Android, will be shared among developers and operators, and the Google will not get anything from this. Incidentally, for smartphone Android Google has developed a special mobile version of your browser Chrome. By the way, Apple in the same system takes 30% of the proceeds from the sale of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. Previously, Google announced the establishment of a virtually identical scheme of sale applications. But another major transaction involving Google: the company is negotiating the acquisition of Valve - a major developer of computer games Half-Life and the owner of a popular digital content distribution Steam. As already noted specialists, buying Valve and Steam will allow Google to take a large share of the market digital distribution of content. In addition, it gives the Internet giant market entry and development of traditional publishers of computer and video games. Negotiations are already in the final stage, and a deal could be announced before the end of September. However, representatives of Google and Valve have not yet made official comments on the matter. As of February 2008-first, in the Steam there were more than 15 million registered users, and sales for the year increased by 158%. Using Steam users can purchase and download various computer games and other digital content. Previously, Google has already made moves in the market of interactive entertainment. More recently - in July - the company launched a beta version of Lively - a virtual world like Second Life, where users can create characters and then they communicate with other project participants through animated gestures or text messages. After registration, Lively in user is invited to create their own character (avatar), which may be a man, woman or any substance. Next project member receive the opportunity to build virtual stores. This could be at home, coffee shop or even exotic island. Built housing can beat the variety of furniture, the walls hang paintings, as well as TV set, the image which will be broadcast from the Video YouTube.

Executive Director of Google, Eric Schmidt September 17, said that the Internet giant will not delay the start of the advertising cooperation with Yahoo, even if representatives of competition authorities need more time to review the transaction. Previously, Google postponed the start of work with Yahoo three months to give antimonopolschikam time to verify transactions, but after October 11, it did come into force. «In our business, time - is money. I am no longer going to wait », - said Schmidt. He declined to comment on the possibility of blocking the transaction competition authorities. Let me remind you that Yahoo and Google have entered into a partnership agreement to market Internet advertising in mid-June 2008-th. Under the agreement, Yahoo will use Google AdSense advertising technology and advertising content from Google by displaying the results of queries to search engine Yahoo, as well as on websites Yahoo. Affiliate program will apply to the operations of Yahoo in the U.S. and Canada. The agreement - up to 10 years. Google will receive payment directly from advertisers to appeal to its advertising content posted on the Yahoo search engine generated pages. Part of the proceeds Google will share with Yahoo.


The American producer of memory chips SanDisk rejected the proposal of the world's largest manufacturer of microchips - the company Samsung Electronics - on the acquisition for $ 5.85 billion as reported in the press release, SanDisk, board of directors unanimously found the offer to purchase shares of SanDisk each in cash for $ 26 «lack of many ways ». In addition, the proposal from Samsung significantly underestimates the long-term prospects for the development of SanDisk, stated in a press release. Information that Samsung intends to buy SanDisk, appeared in South Korean media in early September 2008 th. The American corporation SanDisk, founded in 1988, is the development and manufacture of media-based flash memory used in consumer and industrial electronics. The company holds about a third of the world market for memory cards and is the most sold brand in this market. In their memory cards SanDisk is using the chips Nand Flash Mlc. and Nand Flash Slc., manufactured by Toshiba, together with two plants in Japan. South Korean Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of microchips Dram and Nand, LCD monitors, mobile communication systems. Net profit at Samsung II quarter of this year grew by 51% and amounted to $ 2.12 billion Revenues increased by 24% and amounted to $ 18 billion

A company NXP Semiconductors (formerly known as Philips Semiconductors) announced restructuring program, designed to ensure a company's stable financial situation and create conditions for growth in the future. Restructuring program involves a significant decrease in the production base of NXP, central R & D, as well as support functions. It is anticipated that the program will affect approximately 4,500 employees worldwide and lead to annual savings $ 550 million in the future, NXP will focus on the development directions of automotive electronics, identification systems, consumer electronics and components widely used, in which the company has a large number of innovative products and is a leader in the market. Steps to restructure NXP will provide a strong foundation for achieving the goals of increasing profitability and positive cash balance. NXP plans to merge most of its production facilities in the two biggest European factories in Naymengene and Hamburg as well as SSMC in Singapore. As a result of these changes are planned sale or closure of four factories. The plan involves loading the remaining factories to a level above 90%, which is expected to save $ 300 million by the end of 2010. The translation program for the restructuring of production is planned until 2010, but major changes will take place mainly during 2009.

PC Market

The company Lenovo intends to enter the world market for servers. In late September, the company will begin delivery systems ThinkServer, targeted at small and medium businesses. The new servers will be released in five different configurations as uninuclear, and with dual-core processors. Models TS100 and RS110 will be equipped with processors Intel Core 2 Duo or Xeon in one of two options: 3000 or 3200. In servers, TD100, TD100x and RD120 establish Xeon 3000 chips or 5000. Previously, Lenovo issued servers under the brand name SureServer, which were sold in China. Now the company decided to expand its geography. In April this year, Lenovo has formed a new division, whose purpose is to sell servers and workstations ThinkServer ThinkStation corporate customers. Now the department, headed by Mark Godinho, operates 200 employees. The starting price for servers ThinkServer is $ 749. Systems will be supplied with the necessary software, which will facilitate users to configure and monitor servers.

According to a research analysis company ChangeWave, Apple is one of the few manufacturers of PCs, is not experiencing a significant deterioration in sales because of the economic crisis. Of the 4,416 Americans polled in August, only 15% reported that they would increase their spending on electronic goods over the next three months, while 34% are going to spend less. 8% of respondents are planning for the next three months to buy a laptop, another 5% - a desktop computer. The share of Apple in those not yet sold computers quite high: 34% of potential buyers plan to purchase laptops MacBook, while 30% want to buy a desktop computer look toward your iMac or Mac mini. 17% of those surveyed responded that the iPhone 3G has become a cause for more loyal to Apple.

Internet Business

The company Best Buy - the owner of a large network of computer stores in the United States - has entered into an agreement to purchase the music service Napster. I recall that Napster service was set up as file sharing (first in the world) in 1999, but under pressure from the recording industry has been forced to close. In 2003, the Service reopened and now offers music in a fully lawful manner. Under the terms of the signed contract, Best Buy will pay for each share Napster $ 2,65. The total transaction is $ 121 million, almost twice the market value of the music service. True, from $ 121 million 67 million will come to invest. The net purchase price Napster is $ 54 million is expected that after completion of the transaction Best Buy have a web site Napster, mobile services and access to the 700-thousandth audience of music service subscribers. Best Buy expects to use the assets of Napster to increase its customer base and expanding list of services offered to consumers. The deal between Best Buy and Napster should be completed during the IV quarter - after obtaining permission from regulatory authorities. It is anticipated that the current Napster CEO Chris Gorog and other senior managers will retain their posts. Best Buy still has no plans to change the location of the headquarters of Napster, based in Los Angeles, and carry out serious human reshuffling. The state of Napster currently has about 140 people. It added that while Napster continues to incur financial losses. Net losses of service in the I quarter of 2009 fiscal year (ended on 30 June) amounted to $ 4.4 million, equivalent to 10 cents per share. In the first and fourth quarters of 2008 fiscal year music store suffered a loss of $ 4.2 million and $ 4.3 million, respectively.

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Venture and the startups of our time

startupsRecently there was news: Google is planning to open its own venture fund that will invest in promising startups. It is expected that the Fund will lead the new David Dryummond, the chief lawyer company and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, and Bill Maris, a former business partner and friend of Anna Voysitski, the wife of one of the founders of Google, Sergey Brin.

Google scheme

According to analysts, Google will invest primarily aimed at supporting those startups, which can be regarded as the main candidates to buy the search giant. By investing their own funds - even at the initial stage of relatively minor - Google will be competition to traditional venture capital companies and investment funds. In addition, it will be possible to avoid a sharp rise in prices startups in a situation where the company Brin and Page decided to acquire technology or the development of young companies. Of course, such a tactic in the IT-industry - does not know how Google. Own venture unit has companies Intel, HP, Motorola and other market leaders. Yes, and Google even before the establishment of their own investfonda invested over $ 500 thousand in a number of promising startups. Some good irony of fate is that in 1999 itself, Google has been seen as support for venture capital investors. Include in the 1999-meters $ 12.5 million and received 10% share of Google after the initial allocation of shares of Internet companies, the fund Sequoia Capital has received about $ 4.7 billion Similarly, investing approximately $ 11.5 million in YouTube, after buying the latest Google Sequoia Capital received about $ 480 million

In general, venture funds and company startups are again fashionable. Almost forgotten crisis of 1999-2000, when obankrotilos myriad companies startups, but the lessons learned at that time well. The time has come to a new understanding of the multifaceted notion of startups. Core elements of a young IT-company applying for investment are: the creation of a new company, the withdrawal of the original product on the market, sales of new or innovative projects. Rush into the eyes of novelty - these are the distinguishing feature, which can be startups in the general line of IT-projects.

The American monopoly over

During the first «boom DOT-Komov» in the late 1990's, America was the absolute unquestioned leader in IT-innovation. Now, everything changes: the development of IT-industry in Europe and Asia may soon put an end to the monopoly of the United States in the global high-tech startups. This view of most experts on venture capital investments, which is consulting firm Deloitte. While the U.S. continues to dominate in all six major areas of technological innovation, Europe and Asia quickly strengthen its position in the field of alternative energy (clean tech) and software development. In one day, researchers believe, the Europeans are able to Asian peretyanut «Investment blanket» on its side. And this is already happening. And most of the investment comes just from America. Here is a map of the largest investments alone corporation Cisco:

- Direct investment: China Communications Services ($ 100 million), VMware ($ 150 million), Nimbus Communications ($ 20 million), Alibaba ($ 17,5 million) - venture capital funds: Softbank Asia Infrastructure Funds I, II and III, Bodhi (China and India), 3TS-Cisco Growth Fund III (Central and Eastern Europe), CXC (China), Almaz Capital Partners (Russia).

But interest in the countries of Southeast Asia as time is understandable. Fewer than expected have been developments in Europe. Thus, the new study, Deloitte and the U.S. National Venture Capital Association (National Venture Capital Association - NVCA) new leader in alternative energy is called Germany. U.S. to continue to attract more venture capital funding in clean tech, but at least 43% of respondents reported experiences of German researchers fotogalvanike and other «green» technology. It should be noted, however, that the Deloitte study is not based on real investment, and the views of venture capitalists. In the field of telecommunications, the second region for investment attractiveness (in the opinion of those surveyed) suddenly became Japan. It is a little behind in this regard from the United States. In the production of semiconductors second investor named Taiwan (31%), in third place - again, Japan (26%). USA was given 70% of the vote. As for software development, the leaders are here, too, USA (87%). Second place - India (35%), followed by Britain (13%), Israel (11%) and Germany (9%). Russia and the CIS countries made no mention of any of the main areas of investment. In general, more than half of venture capitalists in the world (57%) invested outside the United States. That figure rose slightly compared with last year. While the U.S. still do not lose their positions, innovations are distributed around the world: the rest of the world is looking for what he has advantages.

There is a good time to remember history. Indeed, the U.S. became a pioneer venture business: venture capital as an alternative source of financing for private business there is in 50 States in the mid-nineties. «Votchinoy» venture business has become Silicon Valley. A European Venture Business emerged in the late 70-ies. Britain was the pioneer. Nevertheless, venture business in the Old and New World are still different. The European venture capital is invested primarily in the business «core sector» economy, and American - in new technologies. The main investors of European venture capital funds are banks and the U.S. - pension funds, insurance companies and private individuals.

Venture in English

In Russia there is now creating a wave of venture funds, directly initiated by the state. These funds appear with the participation of «Russian Venture Company» (MER), whose capital is provided by the State. Last year, the State has invested in MERs 15 billion rubles, and this has pledged to give twice as much. Investment MERs are aimed at IT and telecommunications, nanotechnology, electronics, biotechnology, medicine and alternative energy. While the money created by the state of Russian venture capital firms and startups are beginning to enter into the process of development is difficult to call a success. According to Angel Investor, under the concept of MERs in 2007 with the participation of the company should have been a 8-12 venture funds with combined capital of about 30 billion rubles. In fact, in 2007-m formed only two funds management companies: «Bioprotsess Capital Partners» and «VTB Venture Fund». According to the MER, these funds should provide venture capital (ie risk) capital to 200 innovative companies and become an indirect catalyst for the creation of some 1,000 enterprises sector, hi-tech. But so far only six startups received money from investors. Another 15 projects from the sphere of information technologies should be available in September at an average of 100 to 150 million rubles from «VTB Venture Fund». However, their names in the fund has not yet been called. It is, however, that one of the projects associated with software development in the field of information security. This, however, is not to create a company that would have competed with «Kaspersky Labs» or Symantec, and the introduction of a new technology for detecting computer viruses. Also, venture fund VTB intends to invest in the team that developed software for mobile phones. Another project is creating technologies for the production of 3D-video - it will be used to create combined to shoot films and advertisements. Other startups implementing a project in distributed computing (Grid Computing).

Formally, the Russian Venture Company distributes money for a transparent competitive basis, the experts say. But the process is not as fast as originally promised the framers of the fund of funds, and mostly due to the fact that MERs actually works within the existing administrative system in Russia. And in many decisions «vylezhivayutsya», long-term negotiated with all stakeholders, often long delayed due to administrative reshuffling, etc.

Finam as flagship

In the face of rapid development of the Russian IT industry more and more independent (private) investfondov declares its plans to invest in young and promising computer company. One of the absolute leader of this market - an investment holding company «Finam». In the I half of 2008 holding company invested in a number of major projects and intends to significantly increase their number in the near future.


Investment holding company «Finam» provides a full range of investment services and operates in more than 80 cities in Russia. «Finam» is among the leading Russian IT-investors, overseeing the company «Mamba», E-generator, MoneyMail and others, owning stakes in companies «Ashmanov and Partners», «Astrostar», «Alavar», the social network Badoo. com and several others. Holding the first Russian mutual funds, specializing in investments in high-tech - «Finam - Information technology». To date, under the management of «Finama» has 11 funds. Assets of all mutual fund companies at the end I quarter 2008 amounted to 2918.33 million rubles (95% of total assets). The increase in assets of mutual funds over the past four quarters totaled more than 90% mainly due to growth in assets closed unit investment fund «Finam - Information technology».

The first Russian fund for investment in IT projects was formed «Finamom» in 2006. Then, have been identified priority areas for investment: they have become IT-stock companies engaged in software development, as well as create, maintain and manage various online projects. However, investment company as IT-investor has started much earlier - in 2003 - when «Finam» acquired company «Begun» (system of placing ads on sites in Runet), which at that time worked in the market just a year. Now «Begun» (recently sold the corporation Google) provides approximately 2.8 billion impressions a week, a network service coverage was 18 million Internet users.

Another major investment fund subsidiary «Finama» is the project «Mamba» - now this is one of the largest dating service and communication in runet (about 8 thousand separate sites of acquaintances and friends of large sections of portals). Now the system «Mamba» registered about 9.9 million questionnaires and daily «Mamba» visit 1,5-2 million users. Projections of revenue growth for the full year 2008 represented approximately 50% but now «Mamba» overcome this bar, earned in the first half-year 222 million rubles (on the basis of 2007 th company received 300 million rubles). In «Finame» for the search and selection of investment projects in the field of IT special department responsible IT-investment that works for the benefit of an investment holding company «Finam», and the fund «Finam - Information technology». Every month, the Department is considering about 30 projects. For investment by the sector of information and communication technologies, Internet technologies (online services, online media, video, audio, social networks, e-commerce, etc.), software, infrastructure (ISP, hosting), mobile technologies and services . As they say analysts «Finama», among many startups proposed by the majority of clones, some other ideas difficult monetized or they are not mature sponsors. In this arrangement, the applicant company's participation in the selection of IT-department «Finama» simplified - to consider are not only ready business plans, but also made good business ideas. The time interval of one investment project ranges from three to five years.

According to many experts, today Russia's IT market - one of the fastest growing in the world, and some of its segments already growing at 50% per year - for example, the market introduction of ERP. With regard to market investment proposals, in Russia it is working as a local specialized funds like «Finam-IT», and overseas. In early July this year investment initiative put forward Corporation Cisco - together with the Almaz Capital Partners, it has formed a core capital fund Almaz Capital Russia 1, LP, which amounts to $ 60 million initial investment in Russian startups expected in the coming months. The experts do not exclude that in the future, Cisco will buy the company, proinvestirovannye Fund.

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