Podcast #52: Austria's startup plan, funding for Personio and YouDo, Mangrove's Mark Tluszcz and EU vs. Google (again) Podcast #150: Russia’s FAS investigates, startups making roads better, Google abandons “Double Irish,” wannabe kidfluencers

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler talk about the investigation of Russia’s antimonopoly watchdog into, startups working on road safety across Europe, Google abandoning the “Double Irish” tax optimisation scheme, changes in the way we write online, wannabe kidfluencers on YouTube, and more.


BlaBlaCar offers to acquire Busfor to expand bus service through Russia

BlaBlaCar, the world’s leading long-distance carpooling platform, announced that it has offered to acquire Busfor, Russia and Ukraine’s largest online bus ticketing platform. Just last year, BlaBlaCar expanded beyond car sharing to incorporate bus service, aiming to increase its hold on road mobility and satisfy more passengers. With 7,000 bus carriers, Busfor will cement BlaBlaCar’s […]

Russian video-on-demand service ivi raises $40 million

ivi, one of Russia’s largest over the top (OTT) video-on-demand platforms, has secured $40 million in funding from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Mubadala Investment Company (UAE), Baring Vostok, Flashpoint VC, RTP Global, and Winter Capital. The company claims to be holding 42 percent of Russia’s licensed professional OTT video-on-demand market, or twice as […]

Russian-founded industrial AI startup Conundrum secures $1.5 million from Speedinvest

UK-based industrial AI startup with Russian roots Conundrum has raised $1.5 million in funding from Speedinvest Industry. Conundrum AI applies deep learning and automated machine learning techniques to help industrial customers predict equipment failures and decrease downtime they can cause. It also builds so-called “digital twins,” precise digital models of enterprise physical equipment that can […]

Baring Vostok founder under arrest: The Russian tech investment community under shock

Editor’s note: This article from East-West Digital News was syndicated with permission. US citizen Michael Calvey, a figure of the Russian private equity scene, was detained Friday in Moscow as part of a large-scale fraud investigation. The news has put the Russian investor and tech community under shock. Calvey is the founder of Baring Vostok Capital Partners, one of […]

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 […]

Swiss-headquartered data management company Veeam raises a whopping $500 million from Insight VP

Swiss-headquartered Veeam, a provider of data backup solutions for enterprise customers, has raised a monster of a round of $500 million led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). This is the first publicly announced capital injection for the 12-year-old company. According to the company’s numbers, it has more […]