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This article was published on January 5, 2015

Tech news roundup from Eastern Europe: December

Tech news roundup from Eastern Europe: December
Andrii Degeler
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Andrii Degeler

Andrii Degeler is the community growth manager at Rockstart and a technology journalist with a particular interest in companies based in Cen Andrii Degeler is the community growth manager at Rockstart and a technology journalist with a particular interest in companies based in Central and Eastern Europe. He also runs a CEE-focused weekly tech newsletter, ProCEEd.

Another month, another round-up of the most significant and important stories from the tech scene of Eastern Europe. Although the last month of 2014 was traditionally somewhat quiet, there’s more than enough reads that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

If you think that something is missing, or would like to draw our attention to an important story, feel free to ping the author on Twitter (@shlema) or by e-mail at [email protected].

Startups, funds, accelerators

Laws and governments

  • Russia is building a unified system to defend against cyber attacks
  • Russia has blacklisted and temporarily blocked GitHub over pages that refer to suicide, GitHub subsequently gave in to the demands
  • Intel has blocked Russian-language blogs and forums on its Developer Zone website, avoiding the necessity to comply with Russia’s infamous “Blogger’s law
  • Personal data storage on Russian servers will be mandatory starting from September 2015
  • Complying with the U.S. regulations, freelance marketplace Elance-oDesk has blocked accounts of users based in Crimea
  • The President of the U.S. Barack Obama has allocated $60 million for the financing of Russian independent media
  • Father of Web tells Russia’s Putin: Internet is not a ‘CIA project’
  • Belarus has blocked access to a number of opposition websites, news outlets and e-commerce sites

Funding deals, grants and M&A

  • SBT Venture Capital, founded by Russian bank Sberbank, has invested $5 million in Advanced Merchant Payments
  • Russian corporate software publisher Dashboard Systems has received $2 million in funding from Buran Venture Capital and LANIT
  • Infographics platform Infogr.am has bought infographics blog Visualoop to promote awareness of… infographics
  • Russia’s Flint Capital has invested $6.2 million in European data-driven consumer lending technology company Cream Finance
  • Russian e-commerce shipment service provider Top Delivery has secured an undisclosed investment from Impulse VC
  • Latvian startup ZoomCharts has received a follow-on €500,000 investment from Imprimatur
  • Ukrainian mobile navigation startup Qrok has received $500,000 in funding from an unnamed Estonian investment company
  • Russian venture fund Life.SREDA has purchased a stake of up to 10 percent in mobile banking startup Rocketbank
  • Russia-based startup Croice has received $500,000 in funding from Imperious Group
  • PayQR, a Russian company enabling mobile payments through QR codes, has raised $1.5 million in new funding from two unnamed investors
  • Russian financial services aggregator Moneymatika has attracted $1 million in funding from InVenture Partners and angel investors
  • Russian virtual shoe-fitting startup Fitanny has won a $275,000 grant from Skolkovo Foundation
  • Russian investor Yuri Milner has participated in yet another funding round for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi
  • Russian search giant Yandex has acquired a browser application developed by Metabar, a portfolio company of Runa Capital
  • Russia-based open-source web server Nginx has raised $20 million from U.S. fund NEA
  • Russian fund Phenomen Ventures has participated in a $16.8 funding round for Helpling, the online marketplace for household cleaners backed by Germany’s Rocket Internet
  • French fund BNP Paribas has purchased 4 percent of Luxoft, Russia-funded software development company, for some $50 million
  • Polish incubator Next.Step has invested $50,000 in Ukrainian startup Treasurer
  • Rocket Internet’s Foodpanda has gobbled up Central and Eastern Europe food delivery startups
  • Estonian Taxify has raised €1.4 million to expand to Eastern and Central Europe
  • Russian startup Livemap has landed a $300,000 grant for its motorcycle helmet with built-in navigation

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