The first time I used the Internet was in 1987 at the research centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Pushchino [the former Biological Research centre of the USSR Academy of Sciences], which provided access to the international network.Back in those days, it was more difficult to rent a dedicated channel than to fly to space – we only got one because our Director was friends with a Communist Party boss.
In the end, this strategy led Rambler to stagnation.
Sergey says he started selling Rambler the day after he purchased it.
Our investor Sergey Vasiliev (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Russian Funds Investment Group.
— Secretmag) started a pointless capitalisation race: he said that we had to follow Yahoo! But following someone else’s lead or trying to imitate someone inevitably means falling behind.
Back then, we used to conduct data searches for biologists who needed specific structured data on microorganisms.
In the 1990s, we decided to cover the entire Internet.It was clear the web search engine had to be developed in many ways, but we simply had no resources for it.At that point we started looking for investors, which marked a new phase in the company’s history.To navigate through the Ribbon, use standard browser navigation keys. To skip between groups, use Ctrl LEFT or Ctrl RIGHT. Rambler started generating profit in 1997, when we sold our first banner for real money: this made us really happy.