Russian internet startups per year received $ 1 billion investment

Investors invested in 2011 in the beginning the Russian Internet company about $ 1 billion they were twice as more generous than the previous year. This market remains opaque - half the amount relates to non-public contracts. Despite the three-fold increase in the number of transactions, “success stories” among them is extremely low, experts say.

In 2011, the number of transactions on the Russian Internet market has increased almost 3.6 times - up to 213, the report said RAEC “The Internet in Russia,” referring to the analyst Fast Lane Ventures. Investments in “young” companies and startups have reached $ 500 million, nearly a quarter of the total volume of transactions of all Internet companies in Russia. His estimated at 2.15 billion dollars based on the location of “Yandex” on the American Stock Exchange, share purchase “VKontakte” company Mail.ru Group and other major investments. In 2010 the Russian Internet market was only 59 transactions. In the beginning the company invested 250 million dollars, which amounted to only 19.2% of the total investment in RuNet.

Analysts noted a marked increase in “seed” investments - such deals in 2011 was four times higher than the previous year (91 vs. 22). At the company’s “seed” had 14.1 million against $ 8.7 million in 2010. In addition, virtually from scratch formed the flow of grant funding - a startup has just 61 in a form more than 20 million dollars at the same time, companies are more advanced stage show at least the positive dynamics of investment. Most of these transactions was to join teams, purchase of technology or a change of shareholders. “Full” success stories “can be only two transactions: the purchase Darberry by Groupon and Qik - by Skype”, - the authors of the report.

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