USM is one of the world’s leading Internet and IT investors. The group is an indirect shareholder in VK, Russia’s largest internet holding. USM also holds stakes in a range of global internet companies with high growth potential.
USM has received international recognition thanks to its early stage investments in some of the world's leading internet companies including Facebook, Alibaba, JD.com, Xiaomi, Uber, Zalando, Twitter, Spotify and Flipkart. Currently, the group’s assets include stakes in numerous technology companies including Airbnb, Ola Cabs, Didi Chuxing and Wish.
VK is a leading Russian communications, entertainment and internet platform, and is the largest internet company in Russia in terms of daily users. VK’s services reach over 90% of Russia’s internet users.
VK owns two leading social networks, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki (OK). VKontakte is the most popular social network in Russia, reaching 75% of Russian-language internet users. Its 97 million monthly visitors send 15 billion messages and give 1 billion likes each day.
Odnoklassniki is the first social network in Russia. Its tens of millions daily users visit exchange emotions with friends and use the entertainment services of the social network. Every year, OK users send more than 50 billion gifts and 6 billion stickers and postcards in messages. OK is the leader in the online video market with a peak 1 billion daily views.
Mail.ru is one of the global top five e-mail services. In Russia, Mail.ru has 45 million monthly audience and 18 million daily audience, making it the largest e-mail service in the Russian-speaking segment of the Internet.
VK owns three instant messaging services: ICQ, TamTam, and Myteam. It also develops Youla, one of the largest mobile classified services in the world. VK is active in online education, owning stakes in GeekBrains, Skillbox, SkillFactory, Algoritmika, Tetrika, Uchi.ru. Together with Rostelecom, VK develops and online-education platform Sferum.
VK’s global gaming brand MY.GAMES is a leader in the Eastern European online games market. It has more than 80 projects and 150 titles in its portfolio, with over 840 million registered users across the globe. The company owns its own media resources, PC platform MY.GAMES Store, investment arm MGVC, and other gaming services.
Together with Alibaba Group, USM and the Russian Direct Investment Fund, VK is a shareholder in the AliExpress Russia joint venture, a leading social commerce JV in Russia and the CIS.
The company partners with Sber to jointly develop an O2O service platform comprising Delivery Club, Russia’s leading food delivery service with more than 7 million orders per month, partnering with over 45 thousand restaurants in more than 300 cities, and CityMobil, a taxi aggregator operating in more than 80 cities across Russia, including all those with a population of over 1 million.
Under VK Digital Technologies, the company offers services for entrepreneurs, including communications platforms, email and messengers, VK Cloud Solutions cloud service, the Tarantool data integration platform, as well as technological solutions for businesses, including building corporate social networks and digital human resource management services. VK is also developing myTarget, its own advertising platform, which works with both desktop and mobile audiences of the largest social networks in Russia and the CIS.