Senior Partner and Investment Advisor, Runa Capital
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Parallels
Mr. Beloussov is a successful self-made entrepreneur, investor advisor with an outstanding 19-year track record in building, growing and leading high-performing, multi-national high tech companies in North America, Europe and Asia.
He is currently a Senior Partner and Investment Advisor in the venture capital fund Runa Capital focused on seed and early stage investments in Internet, Cloud Computing and Mobile Applications. The fund works with Russian-speaking teams located in Russia and virtually any other place in the world.
Mr. Beloussov is the Chairman and Chief Architect of Parallels, a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and desktop virtualization software. Under Mr. Beloussov’s leadership, Parallels has quickly grown to profitability and #1 market with its innovative Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Plesk product lines.
Mr. Beloussov is also a founder, major investor and Chairman of the Board of Acronis, a global leader in storage management and disaster recovery software for consumers, SMBs and large enterprises. Total turnover of Acronis and Parallels exceeds $300 mln.
Serguei Beloussov holds his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (2007), M.S. degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering (1995) and B.S. degree in Physics (1992) from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
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- Understanding the development process of a commercial product—an idea, a technology, a business process— only comes with experience. It is a craft. If you want to become a blacksmith, you can just go out and become a blacksmith—it is conceivable. But it will save you time if you work with another blacksmith that can teach you the craft.
- For any innovation, the less restrictions the better. Any new technology must be global, because global means global technology companies, and global companies need not be located in Russia. The main thing is to develop technologies in Russia. Where they have their headquarters does not matter.
- Any successful leader is, for the most part, tough. But he also has to have some kindness. Absolute tyrants can be tolerated, but perhaps only when they are working without a team.
- When I am not sleeping, I am working. When I sleep, I am also working because I sleep in order to work well.