Foundation for Development of Internet initiatives wants to create a Russian Apple




Russian Foundation for the development of Internet initiatives broaden the range of investment, starting to invest not only in Internet startups, but also in projects wearable devices – “smart” watches, glasses and the like. According to the staff of the Fund, Russia has the potential to create a new Apple, and the initiative will serve as a catalyst for the country’s own IT-industry.


Russian Foundation for the development of Internet-ready initiatives to expand the scope of funding, starting to invest in the sphere of portable devices (“smart” watches, glasses, etc.), as well as projects related to “smart” appliances and “big data” (processing of large arrays information, often heterogeneous), according to ” Izvestia “.

Until now, only FRII engaged promotion Internet startups, however, according to the Director of the Fund Kirill Varlamov, Russia can not afford to expand the scope of interest – indeed, in the country “has the potential to create a new Apple». In this case, the organization intends to, as before, “focus on the early stages of projects.”

The idea of ​​switching to a new level of activity occurred after the research on technological trends in the world. Varlamov explains that after analyzing the technology market, the Fund concluded that this year’s “cloud, social and mobile technologies,” big data “and IT-ecosystem” evolved “and will continue to grow in the future.”

Indeed, according to the MIT Technology Review Business Report, in 2020 the number of Internet-connected “smart” things that communicate without human intervention, will exceed the number of smart phones and computers in the network, the newspaper said.

A few weeks ago Apple promised in 2015 to place on the shelves of their first “smart” watches. Meanwhile, Google is launched on the American market sverhtehnologichny Internet Points in the spring of this year. According to the analyst “Finam Management” Maxim Kligina, yet sales of similar products in Russia – no more than $ 40-50 million per year, but experts predict the next few years fold jump in sales.

Meanwhile, experts FRII not hurry to make predictions about the number of projects that are entrusted to them in a new direction. Therefore, it is difficult to estimate how much money will be invested in a “smart” projects. We only know that the company will appeal to the fund for investment, should at least 50% owned by a resident of the Russian Federation.

Member of the State Duma Committee for Security and Anti-Corruption Ilya Kostunov in an interview expressed the hope that a new stage of activity FRII contributes to domestic high-tech products, and even import substitution. In addition, “the existence of its IT-industry will help close the digital armor reliable information resources of Russia.”

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