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E-Commerce in Russia — the Outlook for 2015

The collapse in the Russian ruble which occurred in late 2014 and the forthcoming dislocations in the Russian economy as a result of externally- and internally-imposed sanctions will undoubtedly have a strong impact on the Russian e-commerce market in 2015 and beyond. As digital marketing consultants and operators of several Russian e-commerce projects, we have observed […]

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+.

Russian Search Engine Wars – Part Deux

Yandex, which owns Russia’s dominant search engine, reported healthy Q1-2014 earnings last week. Earnings per share in Rubles were 22% ahead of Q1-2013, and the company’s market share in search rose to 61.9% in Q1-2014 (the balance of the search market is primarily held by Google, with around a 27% share). It was also a […]

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+.

E-Commerce Market Update, June 2013

We recently presented a high-level overview of the Russian e-commerce market, and include the slide deck below. Followers of this blog should be quite familiar with the overall themes, but the presentation includes some recent headlines and statistics highlighting just how dynamic the growth has been in the Russian e-commerce market, and how it’s expected […]

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+.

Amazon Enters Russia

News is breaking today by Forbes Russia and RIA-Novosti about Amazon’s plan to open a Russian office. Subsequently, posts appeared on TechCrunch and Engadget about the move, but there has been no corroboration by the company. While the rumours about this have been circulating for months, this is the first time concrete details have been […]

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 Acquires Sapato.ru

The rumours about Ozon.ru acquiring Sapato.ru have turned out to be true, with news being released today that Sapato.ru’s owner, Fast Lane Ventures, has sold their investment to Ozon.ru. More information about the deal and its history is available from several English-language Internet sources: East-West Digital News TechCrunch Wall Street Journal GigaOM       […]

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+.

Airbnb Launches in Russia

Airbnb, the white hot San Francisco-based startup focused on peer-to-peer short-term accommodations, has expanded its global footprint by opening an office in Moscow. There is clearly a macro market opportunity for Airbnb in Russia, with its inadequate and expensive hotels. This has been recognized by existing Airbnb copycats such as TravelRent (which has even copied […]

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+.

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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