All posts for the month September, 2011

Battle of the Russian Search Engines: Yandex vs. Google

If you’re new to Russian e-commerce and are looking at Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising options, you’ll inevitably run up against Yandex, the market leader in Russian-language search. This post is a primer on Yandex, and its similarities and differences to Google. Yandex has been around since 1997, slightly before Google was founded, and achieved market dominance […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

Ozon.ru Nets $100 million in VC Funding

Ozon.ru has just secured $100 million in venture funding with a round led by ru-Net, an existing investor. Other participants in the funding include Alpha Associates, Rakuten and Index Ventures. The money will be used mainly to build out additional logistics infrastructure. Existing investors Baring Vostok Private Equity and Cisco did not participate in the […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

Retail Business Russia 2011 — Building Online Brands

The annual Retail Business Russia conference is taking place in Moscow and I presented Shoes of Prey during the segment on “Building Online Brands”. I’ve posted my presentation slides on Slideshare, Scribd, and on the Interstice Consulting website. The audience for this conference is mainly large, primarily offline, retailers, so my talk was aimed more […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

Is PayPal Coming to Russia?

There are conflicting news reports about whether PayPal is coming to Russia. On the one hand, their parent company eBay has recently established an office in Russia and it stands to reason that PayPal would follow along. On the other, the company has specifically denied that it is opening an office in Russia. Yet, RIA NOVOSTI […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

Skolkovo and E-commerce

Bloomberg Businessweek published an article today about Skolkovo (“Skolkovo, Russia’s Would-Be Silicon Valley“). I’ve been meaning to write about Skolkovo in the context of e-commerce, and this article provided an ideally-timed push. For those unfamiliar with the Skolkovo initiative, it is Russia’s attempt to build a rival to Silicon Valley. The area, just outside of […]

About Leighton Peter Prabhu

I am a partner in Interstice Consulting LLP and head of the Russian office. My practice focuses on e-commerce business and marketing consulting, especially for foreign e-commerce brands entering the Russian market. I also serve as a consultant to some of the largest international portfolio investors in Russian equities (both public and private). You can find out more about my background and business interests on LinkedIn. You can also connect with me on Twitter and on Google+.

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