For investors, corporations, media and other guests
I am a tech entrepreneur
We believe in founders
Two years in a row we've been holding Russian Startups Go Global for tech entrepreneurs with global ambitions. We asked our participants: "What did you find most exciting?". The answer "keynotes from founders" won by a large margin. That's why this year we focus solely on firsthand accounts of launching and scaling a tech product in different countries — expect many cases from founders of tech startups who went global: the trials they faced, the mistakes they learned from and the ways they conquered international markets.
The conference allows to significantly widen your network and acquire knowledge from international investors, business incubators, startup accelerators, and founders of international businesses. This is the Russian Startups Go Global experience.
The program includes
international investors and accelerators who work with global companies
cases from tech companies with global experience
pitches from Russian tech startups with global potential
How to launch sales in the USA from your office in Russia
Launching a B2C app in the Middle East
Hypotheses that failed: which global plans shattered against reality
How to build a team in the USA with global potential
The difficulties of launching a global app and how to overcome them
How to generate B2B-clients and build a funnel in the USA
How to scale a tech product in Europe and what are the best points of entry
Why emerging markets might be more attractive for tech startups than Europe and the USA
For investors, corporations, media and other guests
Partner at 500 Startups
Marvin Liao invests in digital media, adtech, marketing cloud, e-commerce and mobile startups across the globe. Formerly of Yahoo! Inc. (10.5 years), Marvin has worked in various departments — sales, business development, ad operations and marketing. Most of his positions have been regional or global management roles, giving him extensive experience across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. He presently serves on the boards and advisory boards of several internet advertising and ad technology companies across the globe. In addition, he is a mentor for several startup accelerator programs in Europe, Israel and the US, helping guide startup teams with their sales, marketing and partner development efforts.
He is an experienced client-facing senior executive in the media and technology space in both large and start up growth companies, managing large multifunctional teams across multiple countries while based in the Silicon Valley.
Partner at 500 Startups, Member of the Catalyst Fund IAC
Sheel is a Partner at 500 Startups, angel investor and a member of the Catalyst Fund Investors Advisory Committee (IAC). He is running the 500 startups FinTech Fund "Financial services for the rest of us" and San Francisco based FinTech accelerator. His own startup experience includes 2 successful FinTech exits — a payments company and a high-stakes auction company. He formerly worked as a financial services consultant at BCG and started his FinTech career at the non-profit p2p lender Kiva. Sheel holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS from Carnegie Mellon.
Head of IIDF Accelerator
Head of IIDF Accelerator: 400+ tech companies since 2013
Co-founder of GoValley.ru — a «venture tourism» program in Silicon Valley and an acceleration program in the USA — TechMafia
Business angel and managing partner of RedButton fund: $ 10M of conducted transactions
Head of Sberbank-Technology in Yekaterinburg: from zero to 50+ employees in 6 months; successful implementation of the core IT-system in 1800 of the bank's offices
Advisor to the Minister of Economics of the Sverdlovsk Region
Naumen: from 6 to 400+ employees and a billion rubles in revenue. Now — a shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors.
CEO and founder of App in the air
Founder of Empatika and one of the most popular app for travelers — App in the Air which has over 4 million users all over the world. Bayram is one of the first evangelists of Growth Hacking in Russia.
CEO and founder of Planyway
CEO and founder of Planyway, co-founder of Rubius, alumni of Startup Sauna, pitched at Global Pitch Russia in Silicon Valley.
Planyway is an expansion for Trello which adds time tracking and task management instruments. The platform has 100 000 users and operates in 190 countries. Among those users are IBM, Booking.com, Siemens, Coca-Cola, UBER, Tesla and Tencent. Product Hunt named Planyway Product of the Day and one of top-10 B2B-products of 2017.
CEO and founder of Fasten, CBDO of Vezet Group
Began his career copywriting at Ruport in 2008, now co-owns a digital agency Rutorika and is their creative director. In its first year the agency won several international ad fest awards.
In 2015 co-founded Fasten — a ridesharing service, which business model was focused on people — employees, drivers and passengers. This approach made him one of top CEOs, according to Comparably. Fasten raised $20 million, built a strong tech team and a cutting-edge platform, The company grew successfully for 2 years on the US market before being bought by Russia's market leader Vezet Group.Kirill is now CBDO and is in charge of introducing tech innovation into the company's structure.
CEO and co-founder of HUDWAY
Since 2004 leads an IT-company which specialises in developing replicated software products and is a market leader in automation of bankruptcy procedures;
In 2013 founded HUDWAY (hudway.co) — AR for safe driving which projects itself onto the vehicle's windshield;
In 2015 HUDWAY won Startup of the Year award in Global Business nomination;
In 2016 the company was named 8th out of 10 most innovative companies in automotive industry (FastCompany.com) along with Ford and Tesla.
HUDWAY holds the record in Russia for most amount raised via Kickstarter — $1,2M for the development of two devices for motorists.
HUDWAY is: — AR navigational software development for windshields — HUD devices to be installed on the car's panel or onto the motorcyclists helmet
Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Digital Health, Berlin
Lars Buch is the Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Digital Health Berlin an industry-focused 3-month accelerator program focusing on Digital Health startups with a scientific or clinical differentiator. His mission is to empower the participating startups to commercialise and grow their solutions.
Lars has a background in advanced technology development and product creation as Head of Smartphones R&D in Nokia DK until 2012 where he joined Startupbootcamp as Managing Director for the "Mobile First Vertical" program in Copenhagen and supported almost 30 startups to raise venture funding and reach the market while building a couple of own startups on the side. In 2016 he spend a year to set up and head the venture arm for the newly established LEO Innovation Lab, moving into the Digital Health domain and exploring the opportunity between corporates and startups in this area.
Managing Partner at Runa Capital
Dmitry is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Runa and is also head of the board at IT-cluster Phystech. He currently holds board seats at NGINX, Jelastic, Digital Genius, Critzr, MariaDB, Ecwid, Keymetrics, SimpliField Tellmeplus, and Yoopies. His MBA and 20+ years of executive experience, which includes growing a business from zero to $75M and managing HR for a giant international telecom supplier across 7 countries, makes him an excellent hands-on investor.
Runa Capital is a global tech-focused venture fund, founded by seasoned IT entrepreneurs. The fund actively invests in early stage startups in cloud business apps, complex software, fintech, edtech and e-healthcare. Runa made 60+ investments in 12 countries, including startups like Nginx, MariaDB, Zopa and DigitalGenius.
CEO and founder of JivoSite
Studied for a programmer at Bauman University in Moscow and got an MBA at California State University, East Bay.
In 2008 founded octoline.ru – a virtual telephone station with SaaS business model.
In 2012 Timur founded jivosite.ru – a business messenger which allows for better communication with potential clients and is used by 230 000 websites all over the world.
CEO and founder of Jetlore, Sr. Director, PayPal Marketing Solutions
Eldar leads PayPal Marketing Solutions for large enterprises — his company Jetlore has recently been acquired by PayPal. Jetlore's platform is currently used by five of the world's top 20 retailers including such brands as eBay, LG, Uniqlo and Bershka. The company has raised more than $10M in venture capital and in 2017 was recognized as #12 fastest growing business in the Bay area according San Francisco Business Times.
Eldar is a computer scientist by training and has graduated from Northeastern University in 2005. In 2007, he was accepted to Stanford where he spent over 3 years working on predictive statistical models while having short stints at Google and Microsoft Research. Eldar has received numerous industry and research awards including the WSDM 2011 Best Student Paper Award and Google's Best Research Paper in Information Retrieval Award in 2010.
Eldar is also an active mentor and judge for Stanford StartX accelerator where he advises startups on enterprise sales, fundraising, and AI / machine learning.
Investment manager at IIDF
Nikita Yuriev has been an analyst in the venture area for four years. Previously he worked at Rusnano and was a co-founder of the advertising startup, focusing on ad placement optimization in social networks. Its turnover increased from zero to 100 million rubles in a year. Within four years at IIDF, he became an investor and joined the board of directors of such companies as Fitness-clubs, Eldis, Site Secure, Stafory, Leadza, Promobot, Cinemood, Supl.biz, Kidsway, and #tceh community center. He made 5 exits, bringing many-fold profit for IIDF.
Global Campus Operations Manager at Google for Entrepreneurs
Amrit Dhir leads Global Operations for Google for Entrepreneurs. His team manages the technical and physical operations of Campus, a network of Google’s spaces for entrepreneurs in startup hubs around the world: London, Madrid, São Paulo, Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Warsaw. He also coordinates the network’s expansion: next up, Campus Berlin. Prior to joining GFE, Amrit was a Senior Manager in New Business Development, leading partnerships and business strategy for some of Alphabet’s and Google’s earliest-stage and most ambitious projects (and also some failures): e.g., Project Baseline at Verily; the Google Cultural Institute; Rapid Eval Investigations at Google[x]; Google Helpouts; and Google Research / Machine Intelligence. His previous ambitions to be a lawyer and the lead singer of a metal band (separate ambitions) are now safely buried in his past.
Managing Director of Digital Dao China
Ryan is a Chinese expert and entrepreneur in IT and digital area. In recent years, he is active in entrepreneurial projects in China. With strong knowledge in Chinese digital, Cloud Computing, SAAS, and solid customer service spirit, one of his projects got investment from Sequoia Capital. Before that, he spent almost 8 years working globally as a Senior Product Manager in SAP which is the biggest enterprise software and service provider all over the world. Above those, he is also Agile Coach and Design Thinking Coach.
Partner at Techmafia, Co-investments at IIDF
Maxim Chebotarev is Co-investments department director and Techmafia co-founder at Internet Initiatives Development Fund. Maxim is responsible for all co-investments by external investors in IIDF's portfolio companies and Russian VC market development. Internet Initiatives Development Fund is $95 mln venture capital firm based in Moscow, Russia. According to Dow Jones (2015) IIDF is the most active early stage venture fund in Russia and Europe. IIDF has more than 320 hi-tech companies in portfolio and more than 40 companies raised financing round from external Russian and international investors. One of the priorities for the Internet Initiatives Development Fund is financial and expert support for startups at the early stage. IIDF collaborates with 80+ IT corporations to help startups with expertise, resources, technologies, go-to-market tactics, PR and intro to enterprise clients. The Fund also has launched a variety of educational programs and performed a number of legislative initiatives. Prior to joining IIDF, Maxim held different positions in hi-tech companies in Moscow, Russia.
Chief Strategy and Analytics Officer at Mail.Ru Group
After graduating from Moscow State University he started working at Mail.Ru where he went from programmer to the director of the company's Mail Service Department. In March 2006 he transferred to Rambler Internet Holding where he headed the Web Project Development department. Since autumn 2006 he worked at Media World (RBC holding) as head of projects, technical director and deputy CEO. In 2010 he became the head of ICQ project at Mail.Ru Group. In 2011 he was appointed IT director of Mail.Ru Group, and in 2016 — Chief Strategy and Analytics Officer. In this position he is engaged in M&A, investments and launching the company's internal products.
CEO and founder of Pravo.ru
Alexei joined Art. Lebedev Studio in 2000 as a UI/UX designer. There he has been creating new styles and corporate identities for large russian banks and companies. In 2002 Aleksei founded a design studio "Park" which was listed in WebDesign Icon in 2005 according to Taschen. In 2008 he participated in launching Pravo.ru, an information portal for lawyers. In 2009 Pravo.ru won a budget tender to support websites of arbitration courts. Since 2010 the company has been automating Russian arbitration system with the help of "Elektronnoe pravosudie" service. In 2012−2013 the company launched systems for legal practice automation Casebook, Caselook and Case.pro.
Co-founder and head of amoCRM
Mikhail is a founder of several tech startups, as well as a head and mentor of amoCRM. In 2004 he and his partners founded QSOFT — now one of Top 5 Russian web studios, according to CMS Magazine. In 2009 he dived into SaaS and, without any external investments, launched amoCRM — a cloud sales management service. In 2011 the company began conquering the international market and opened an office in San Francisco. Mikhail is a successful IT entrepreneur, but, according to him, he is, first and foremost, an engineer.
Executive Director at Sberbank CIB
04.1997 — 04.1998 — "Svyazinvest" — Financing of large investment projects. Advising management of large Russian telecom operators in the field of new financial decisions.
11.2000 — 09.2001 — Government of Moscow — Financing of projects with the support of the investment fund of the Government of Moscow. Search for optimal solutions in the structure of financing and risk sharing between project participants.
10.2001 — 07.2008 — Sberbank HQ — Loan officer for project finance management. Financing of large investment projects in different sectors of the economy, a full cycle of project and credit analysis.
07.2017 — now — Executive director. Head of New Economy Department, DCC Sberbank CIB.
Open Innovation Director at EDF
Valery started as a material scientist at the service of power generation (nuclear and fossil) and distribution. He evolved toward international collaboration and leverage and is co-founder of Nugenia, an international collaborative initiative with over 110 members from 28 countries. Valery is passionate to replicate this success for innovation to business and recently founded a dedicated vehicle with key Silicon Valley and European stakeholders.
Valery spent 2 years in Japan and 8 years in the States, working in the start-up American Superconductor and also Bicron, part of Saint-Gobain High Performance Materials. More recently he spent three years in San Francisco as Open Innovation Director for North America, serving the whole EDF Group. He was instrumental to several investments and deals with start-ups. Valery is now in Paris as Open Innovation Director for Europe and Middle East, still developing win-win situations between startups and EDF.
Co-founder of Republic
Peter co-founded Republic — a leading US startup crowdfunding platform. Republic launched in 2016, shortly after the Title III of the JOBS Act allowed the general public to invest in private US companies.
Republic is part of the leading family of startup investment platforms together with AngelList and CoinList. Peter coaches fundraising startups and leads Republic’s product.
Worked for over 15 years in tech. Mentor and advisor of a number of US startups in areas of product design, branding and fundraising.
While living in California, founded a successful SaaS company MeetingPulse, fashion brand Volga Verdi, #VVFY app and a consumer network called Mine.
Previously worked in interactive design at Leo Burnett Moscow for clients such as GM, P&G, Mars, Sberbank, McDonalds, and others.
Co-founder and CBDO Promobot
Co-founder of «.etc ventures»
Co-Founder of Moves The Needle, author of The Lean Entrepreneur
CEO&Founder at Hot WiFi
Co-founder and CTO of Knoema
Co-founder, Head of CINEMOOD USA
Founder and CEO of Leadza.ai
CEO&Founder at Easy ten
CBDO and Co-founder at Statsbot
Portfolio Director at IIDF
Ilya has $10 mln USD (700+ mln RUB) under management and had invested in 15 companies on behalf of IIDF in LegalTech, AR/VR, Marketing Technologies sectors.
Before IIDF Ilya was a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Dulton Media, Russian online video platform developer. The company was sold to Rambler&Co in 2017.
Since 2012 actively helping tech entrepreneurs to grow their businesses as mentor and evangelist of Lean Startup and Customer Development methodologies.
CEO and co-founder of Digifabster
Began his career in digital by developing two companies — Inspiration and Lebrand, which were in the top digital agencies in Russia. For the last 10 years he engaged in IT business and, since 2013, production. Co-founded 3DPrintus.ru, a 3D printing service for CNC with up to 20 mln rubles a year in revenue. The company still operates in Russia.
In 2016 Konstantin co-founded and since then develops a european company Digifabster, which automates order flow and streamlined production processes for AM (Additive Manufacturing) and CNC businesses. The company raised $500k from international investors and is on its way to $1M ARR until the end of last year.
Since 2017 the company is successfully scaling in the USA.
How to participate in Russian Startups Go Global 2018
The conference is free. You just need to register to get your ticket.
Russian Startups Go Global 2018 will conclude with a networking party to which all of the speakers and special guests of the conference are invited. Buy a ticket to have the opportunity to network with Russian and foreign investors, accelerators and tech entrepreneurs. Up until the 25th of November the tickets will be available for a special price — 5000 rubles. From the 26th they will cost 7000 rubles. Please note: the tickets will not be available for purchase at the conference.
Buying tickets to the after-party: we will send you an email confirming your conference registration which includes a link to purchase after-party tickets.
Digital Business Hub Pokrovka st., 47 Moscow
IIDF (Internet Initiatives Development Fund) is a Russian venture capital fund which invests at early stages and is the most active early-stage venture fund in Russia and Europe: since 2013 the fund has closed more than 400 deals at various stages. We invest in tech companies at pre-seed, seed and series A ranging from 2,5m rub to 324m rub, provide startups with expert's support and participate in the legal regulation of the Internet business and the venture industry in Russia.
IIDF Accelerator — a three-month program to accelerate business growth for ambitious founders of tech startups that are building a large company. At the Accelerator they are helped with increasing their sales and/or margins by several times, finding new markets and niches and develop their marketing strategy. By the end of the program top performing companies raise further investment rounds from IIDF (up to 25 and 324 mln rub.) and continue to scale and develop their growth strategy with the help of IIDF investment managers.