Adrien Henni

Co-founder of East-West Digital News and Blockchain Connectors. Startup and fund advisor. Writer and speaker.

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From Yandex to Mail.Ru: a closer look at what 2018 brought for tech giants, investments and more in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Editor’s note: This article from East-West Digital News penned by Adrien Henni was syndicated with permission. Tech investment volumes Russia and its Eastern European neighbors were modest last year, if compared with the Chinese, US or Western European markets. However, the year was marked by giant corporate deals involving international players while a series of […]

Russia’s antimonopoly authority clears merger between Uber and local service Yandex.Taxi

Editor’s note: This post from East-West Digital News was syndicated with permission. The Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation has approved the Yandex-Uber plan to merge their respective taxi service activity in the country. To ensure fair competition, the antimonopoly authority has requested the companies to “provide users with the most complete and accessible […]

From international sanctions to mismanagement: How Wikimart.ru went bankrupt after raising dozens of millions from international investors

Editor’s note: This post from East-West Digital News was syndicated with permission. Last month, the Russian B2C e-commerce marketplace Wikimart shut down, putting an end to a long agony. Launched in 2008 by Stanford graduates Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakaev, Wikimart had the initial ambition to create a Russian analog of eBay. The project was […]

Mail.ru Group acquires Moscow-based mobile game developer Pixonic for $30 million

Editor’s note: This post from East-West Digital News was syndicated with permission. Mail.ru Group, a major Russian Internet company, announced the acquisition of Moscow-based mobile game developer and publisher Pixonic. The LSE-listed group has acquired a 100% stake for $30 million in cash, including $20 million upfront and $10 million deferred and based on performance […]

Russia’s Softline secures $40 million from Da Vinci Capital, intends to acquire “over 20 companies” in emerging markets

Editor’s note: This post from East-West Digital News was syndicated with permission. Two funds managed by Da Vinci Capital Management have invested in Softline, a Moscow-based international software licensor and IT service provider. The news was reported last week by Russian business daily Kommersant based on exchanges with Softline top executives. The details of the […]