The Russians Have Come… Skolkovo Startups Hit TechCrunch Disrupt

Russia is a booming market for startups as the county’s Internet access and 4G networks ramp up. It’s now the biggest single market in Europe, passing Germany a year ago. At the same time the government realises it needs to ween the economy off its historical addiction to oil, gas and heavy industry. Thus it’s helped set up the Skolkovo Foundation to incubate tech companies. Skolkolvo brought a selection of its startups to Disrupt, so we went trawling the booths for a few Russian gems. Here’s what we found.

“Choister is a service that helps search, analyze and compare all available educational programs.
Whether you are looking for a degree or a certificate, online or offline, full-time or part-time — Choister will make it easier for you. Choister finds all the educational programs, structures the data, helps users make smart choices, and then sends the motivated students to the schools’ websites.”

“Let clothes map to your body, looking for e-commerce partners – Virtual fitting for e-commerce.”

“3DBin is your user-friendly / low-cost / high quality software solution for 360° objects photography. We automatically process and weave together your object or product snapshots to create animated flash files for your website or use it as your tool for on-line auctions sites like eBay. Using 360 views allows your visitors to see more details with a full 360° view of your objects or products. Take a free spin with 3DBin the 3D marketing solution for customer satisfaction.”

ABBYY Language Services
“Our project aims at delivering the state-of-the-art translation automation tools in a cloud translation ecosystem. Our goal is to increase productivity of translators and project managers using an effective innovative Translation Memory technology supplemented by the whole range of linguistic products, e.g. terminology management, machine translation, QA, integration APIs, etc.”

“Penxy is an iOS app that turns your mobile device into a wireless presentation remote. Simply upload a presentation file to the cloud and display it on any TV or projector via a computer’s browser. You can advance the slide on the app with the swipe of a finger, and see the slide advance on screen a second later.
Also Penxy can livestream slides and voice over the internet to any number of remote viewers.”

“Next-gen 3D-visualization technology”