The Russian city of Ulyanovsk is located along the Volga River, 893 kilometers east of Moscow. With a population of nearly 700,000, the city is a major industrial center as well as the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin. In addition to a UAZ automobile factory and the Aviastar aircraft company, it is also home to international businesses such as Mars, Inc., Takata-Petri and Anadolu Efes.
A group of thought leaders from the Russian IT industry gathered at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 on the morning of May 24 to discuss the convergence of information technologies with pharma, biotech, nano and other leading sectors of the New Economy. They also addressed the impact that U.S. and EU sanctions were having on the industry.
The future for Russian startups is looking rosy: according to Fastlane Ventures’ Russian Internet Deal Book, in 2013, 245 companies received funding. Allied to this, there is strong growth on the consumer side - forecasts suggest an average GDP per capita growth of six percent per year until 2015.
An October 2013 article titled “Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption” in the Harvard Business Review advanced the argument that the consulting market is entering a state of disruption and flux. In response to inquiries about disruption in the Russian offshore outsourcing market, executives from six firms that represent a mix of business sizes and technology directions expressed a range of views and responses to the pressures of market disruption.
The Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Yandex have joined forces to open a new Faculty of Computer Science. Led by Ivan Arzhantsev, the new faculty combines software engineering, applied mathematics and computer science. Arzhantsev, who also directs a group of online academic programs for Yandex, spoke to Slon about the present and future of computer science in Russia.