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European Founders at Work by Pedro Gairifo Santos

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Ilya SegalovichYandex

Ilya Segalovich is co-founder of Yandex, the leading search engine in Russian-speaking countries. The roots of Yandex trace back to a company called Arkadia, which in the early 1990s developed software featuring full-text search supporting the Russian language. In 1993, Segalovich and Arkady Volozh came up with the word “Yandex” to describe their search technologies. The web site, Yandex.ru, was launched in 1997 and in 2000 Yandex was incorporated as a standalone company.

In May 2011, Yandex raised $1.3 billion in an initial public offering on NASDAQ. It was the biggest IPO for a dot-com since Google went public in 2004. ...

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