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It is now more than six month passed since the launch of Startupafisha. And now I’m pleased to announce you it’s brand-new design and a bunch of new services.

Startupafisha is now more than just an all-Russian calendar of startup-events it has become something more – I call it Russian entrepreneurs hub where entrepreneurs and investors are able to solve existing market problems.

Startupafisha’ new services:

First of all we have updated calendar of events. It is now more social, you can now “Like” the pages of events on Facebook and export any event into your iCal. Moreover we’ve moved all the industry competitions into separate feed. Startupafisha events section implies that very soon Startupafisha is going to hold its own events.

Read more on StartupAfisha new services

I’ve recently discovered at Mashable a great great article on World Population Day initiative from the World Food Program

I would like to hear your thoughts and comments on that problem. Let’s feed the «hungry billion together»

To celebrate World Population Day, the World Food Program has launched a campaign to pair a billion Internet users with the billion-plus hungry people in the world.

Read more on Billion for a Billion program

Nikolay Nikiforov – Tatarstan IT-minister announced that it is now possible to donate to victims of #Bulgaria motor ship crash via Tatarstan Government Website with any bankcard with 0 commission fee.

 

Anyone who is ready to provide assistance to relatives of those victims and missing persons could transfer funds via Government portal or for the bank account specified in the Tatarstan Government Portal

 

For the first time in history on Moscow government meeting all of the materials will be filed in electronic form on the desktop computers through a specialized information system. Government members’ve already received their passwords. Access to system is possible through any device via Internet. System is still in test mode, but it previously passed inspection work with no problems found.

Such a measure due to the fact that reprinting thousands of paper pages copies is cost and time-consuming procedure. New system will reduce the time for this work and cut-costs for the town hall. However, all materials for the government meeting are loaded into the system with the same mayors’ protocol department responsible for the documents. Previously used programs and the mayor’s office equipment didn’t not allow to make such radical changes, the new generation of software makes it possible.

via RG

HelpCamp at BarCamp

09/07/2011

On 6th of July I’ve been speaking at SocialCamp 2011 in Tver with my master-class on government projects SocialCamp

SocialCamp is an annual informal conference on Internet usage in project of civil society. This year our Gov2Project became the official event-partner.

SocialCamp is using the barcamp “informal conferences” format which is popular across the world. The feature of that presentation is in its democracy with maximum of communication and creativity. 

The event was attended by people with best practices in Internet usage for social and civil engineering projects as well as those who wanted to adopt these practices and use the in their own activities.

The first SocialCamp has been held in Kirov on 30th of March 2010. It was attended by more than 150 people with over 30 regions across Russia and 10 foreign countries.

For the HelpCamp (electronic money and electronic services to non-profits) program we’ve formed an excelent team for the audience

We want to establish close contact with e-payments systems for our future projects, fundraising and crowdsourcing.

List of best Russian Gov2.0 projects

01/07/2011

There is a persistence prejudice in the world that e-government development here in Russia has stalled. That Russia has no e-Government at all.

Last year I’m actively involved in eGov development in Russia and let me break that constant myth. We have now launched a united platform/incubator for e-government startups in Russia – gov2people.ru Russia has great possibilities – a large number of developers. Our IT could greatly improve situation in the eGov sector. As of today there is no perfect eGov model applied anywhere in the world.

We decided to collect all the social important projects that could be commercially successful and place them at one platform. We collect and add to the list all of the existing projects to date in the history of Russia: at first they need a unite single entry point. Some of them require lobbying at the government level and it is necessary to create the system and strategic communications for such projects. Placing the project on the site includes not only involvement in the All-Russian Gov 2.0 movement, but also lobbying its interests at the state level and the inclusion in the folder the Russian practices, which can be presented at the international level.

Read more in Russian eGov development

NationBuilder is hiring

23/06/2011

I’ve been telling you recently about the NationBuilder platform.

Now as a tool for political campaigns, nationbuilder.com is already off to a very strong start, helping among other things, to knock off the Labor Party’s long domination of Scotland.

And now they are looking for programmers.

Read A brief job description below.

Our stack is Ruby, Rails, jQuery, and PostgreSQL with a little Mongo, Redis and Memcached.

We’re looking for people with experience building web apps to join our team of 3 developers and 1 designer. Experience with our tech stack is helpful, but if they are really good, the actual technologies they’ve used in the past is less important as it’s easy to learn.

We offer competitive salary, stock options, healthcare, and you can work from anywhere.

If you are qualified you can contact

Adriel or Jim

A couple of month ago мy friends from Blackbox Sasha Markova and Bjoern Lasse Hermann told me about their new research. Now they hit the first page on TechCrunch.

The Startup Genome Project team came together 3 months ago to attempt to crack the «innovation code» of Silicon Valley and share it with the rest of the world. Now they are releasing the first Startup Genome Report— a 67 page in depth analysis on what makes Silicon Valley startups successful based on profiling over 650 startups.

 

Pressrelease and more next

We are now starting a series of publication of successful people from Russian and all over the world. All of them are going to attend an upcoming Saint-Petersburg youth forum. So, together with i-russia we are going to present you most of the forum participants.

Alexander Debelov

  • Top 5 College Entrepreneur by Entrepreneur Magazine 2010
  • Co-Founder, The Kairos Society, world’s largest student entrepreneurship organization.
  • Founder, Crelligence Media, social media marketing company
  • Founder, Virool, leading video content distribution network with a reach of 50 million people through its network of 80,000 blogs, 100 social games and top 25 iPhone games
  • Featured in New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine and ABC
  • Recipient of The Most Outstanding Entrepreneurship Student by the Entrepreneurship Division of Babson College (ranked as #1in Entrepreneurship College in the world by U.S. News and World Report)

 

Jon Manzi

  • Youngest documented business millionaire (age 16)
  • Founder/CEO of functional beverage company eVolv
  • Chair of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University (preside over all entrepreneurship initiatives / undertakings across all seven graduate/undergraduate schools)
  • Founder, Chair, CEO of Entrepreneurial Manor – living community for entrepreneurs at Stanford

 

NationBuilder.com is a SaaS platform for non-profits and political campaigns with a fundraising capabilities and a lot of other features.

At my last trip to USA, I’ve been meeting with Adriel Hampton — the author of the nationbuilder project.

Watch the Adriel’s interview below: