We have much to be proud of: a successful IT-projects of immigrants from the former Soviet Union
Despite the various problems in the CIS countries, a lot of talented programmers and mathematicians from the space of the former Soviet Union continue to surprise. IT-specialists from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, often show high qualification, and their projects is possible not only to conquer local markets, but also to achieve success abroad. I chose the top ten of these projects (some of them, we have invested their own funds) who have achieved success in reteyle and work with corporations.
Among the world reached priznaneniya services and products from the Russian programmers, Firstly, we can distinguish messenger Telegram. This is a free cross-platform messenger for smartphones and other mobile devices that allows you to exchange text messages and media files of various formats. The project is funded by Pavel Durov, a founding member of the social network "VKontakte". The key advantages - opportunity to confidential correspondence, as well as ease and convenience than its competitors.
Achievements: a month after the launch of the number of active users of the service was 100 000 people, and already in February 2016 exceeded 100 million, the number of messages sent every day reached 10 billion in August 2015. Despite the fact that part of the Telegram does not have options WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Viber, it continues to grow in all countries, especially in the Middle East.
NGINX - this is an excellent example of a known B2B-service of Russia. It is popular all over the world web-server, which was originally developed by Igor Sysoev. For a long time, it serves many servers are heavily loaded sites Russian and foreign IT-companies, such as Rambler, Yandex, Mail.ru, Vkontakte, Facebook, Groupon, Zappo, Slideshare, Kaspersky, Dropbox, Opera and others. Achievements: NGINX currently has more than 150 million units, among which about 50% of the top 1000 most visited Internet resources. Inferior software company only similar products from Microsoft and Apache. The company is a very attractive investment for venture capitalists and attracted at the moment more than $ 41 million.
The rapid rise of Prisma project (up to seventh place in all categories of the Google Play app and the ninth in the AppStore in the USA) - one of the last victories of our technicians. The mobile application allows you to edit photos, turning them into stylized paintings of famous artists (such as Marc Chagall, or Edvard Munch). The application uses the neural network algorithms that allow it to achieve a resemblance to the painting.
Fair to say that this kind of projects as Prisma, showing instant of viral growth, have a huge risk just as quickly lose your audience when they monoservis bored. Therefore, these projects must constantly introduce something new to fuel interest. Recently, the creators announced the introduction of video processing. After the video, you must be sure to think about something else.
Achievements: The first time the app appeared in AppStore in June 2016 and in the first nine days after the release has been downloaded over a million times, and has become the most popular photo application in ten countries around the world.
Has Ukrainian roots Looksery - software company of the same name and a mobile application to modify the real-time video. The company was founded in 2013 in San Francisco and specializes in the modification of video streaming technologies in real-time.
Looksery application is developed divisions of the company in Odessa and Sochi. The program employs an image correction filter based on morphing technology. Filters tracking form and expression and allow you to adjust the video: change the eye color, the size of the nose, face shape, and the like. Achievements: for $ 150 million in September 2015 the startup was acquired by Snapchat.
One of the world leaders in the industry, the company Game Insight - a developer and publisher of games for mobile phones and social networking, with headquarters in Vilnius. The company was founded in 2010 and is controlled by Russian Igor Matsanyuk created in their time gaming company Astrum.
Achievements: The company currently has more than 800 employees worldwide, and its portfolio includes more than 45 games localized in 24 languages.
One of the few prominent representatives of social networks is a successful Badoo - the most famous network of acquaintances and supports many languages and works with users all over the world. The head office is located in London, and the company is owned by Russian businessman Andrey Andreev created before this dating service Mamba.
Achievements: the network has more than 300 million registered users, and each day there are more than 400 000 new, the number of mobile application downloads Badoo on iOS and Android in 2016 exceeded 150 million project has attracted $ 80 million investment from "Finam" company..
Wargaming - one of the leaders in the MMO games market (multiplayer online games). Company with Belarusian roots for 18 years in the industry has produced more than 15 games for different platforms. Including one of the most successful and popular in the world of online games - World of Tanks. The game, incidentally, is not only the young fans, but also very overage players, nostalgic for his service in the army. The company was founded in 1998 by a businessman from Minsk Victor Sour. The project is a strong cash generator, whose annual income has long exceeded $ 100 million, and the marketing is more effective and creative. Achievements: World of Tanks audience of more than 110 million users, it is played all over the world.
Belarusian-Israeli Viber - a popular instant messenger, which first appeared in the App Store in 2010. The company's founders - Igor Mazanik and Talmon Marco - worked on product with the development team from Belarus.
Achievements: In 2014, the company with an audience of 300 million people was bought by the Japanese corporation Rakuten Inc. for $ 900 million. The audience messenger currently exceeds 750 million users worldwide.
Known photobank Depositphotos - is an international microstock, which is the intermediary between the image authors and their customers. The American project was founded by Russian Dmitry Sergeyev in 2009 in Ukraine, where there is an R & D - center of the company. In addition to the photo company is actively working with video and "USIC", and recently set about creating their own big studio in Kiev.
Achievements: over the years, the project has collected tens of millions of works, and continues to develop rapidly, and the company website is visited by millions of users every month.
Russian Zeptolab - company under Mikhail Lalin and twin brothers Efim and Semyon Voinov is one of the most successful developers and publishers of mobile games recently. Zeptolab was established in 2010 in Moscow, it has another office in Barcelona.
The main product - different versions of Cut The Rope game. Brothers Voinova quite fit the definition of child prodigies: they began to create his first game when he was about ten years old. In 2011 it was launched merchandise - related products, thus improving the company's profitability. Success and creativity Zeptolab proven by the fact that following their game Pudding Monsters and the King of Thieves, though not on the scale but successful. The main markets Zeptolab - America, Europe, Russia. The company is also going to work actively in India and China. Achievements: different versions of Cut The Rope was already downloaded about 800 million times.
Russian Andrey Filev created Wrike - a convenient and efficient system for the management to quickly plan even the most complex projects and easily collaborate on the team.
The company was founded in 2006 and is now actively engaged in developing in the "valley", with R & D office in St. Petersburg. The project has attracted a total of more than $ 26 million from the third-party venture capital investors, the first of which was made by Russian TMT Investments Fund. In subsequent rounds participated largest funds Scale Venture Partners and Bain Capital Ventures, a valuation of the company up to several hundred million dollars.
Achievements: The product has become one of the world leaders of similar systems in the segment of small and medium businesses. Last year Wrike was named one of the fastest-growing US technology companies, according to Deloitte's 2015 Technology Fast 500. In the same year, the company is recognized as one of the most prestigious and best places to work in Silicon Valley, according to the SF Business Time. In addition, the number of users has exceeded one million users.