Our Team

Serguei Beloussov

Founder and Senior Partner at Runa Capital, Mr. Serguei Beloussov, Ph.D., is a self-made entrepreneur with a 20-year track record in investing, building, growing and leading global high tech companies. Noted as an innovator and thought leader in virtualization, datacenter automation and cloud computing, Serguei is a frequent speaker at industry events and is actively involved in development of science and education, both in Russia and internationally.
 
Serguei's current activities include:
Senior Partner at Runa Capital, a $135M VC  investing into technological startups in fast growing segments of cloud computing, internet, mobile apps, and virtualization.
Venture Partner in Almaz Capital (www.almazcapital.com) a $100M VC focused on growth stage, Russia and CIS related companies.
Personal inverstor in GFI, AutomatedQA, ASPlinux, Falcon, Westcom and others.
Founder and Partner of Quantum Wave Fund (www.qwcap.com), a $30M venture capital firm focused on companies that are applying quantum materials and technologies  to solve real-world problems.
Founder, Chief Architect and Chairman in Parallels (www.parallels.com). With over 1k employees and $150M+ revenue, the company is the market leader in Containers Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization for Mac and Automation for Cloud Service Providers.
Founder of Acronis (www.acronis.com), specialising in physical and virtual data management and disaster recovery software, the company employs 850+ people and generates over $150M revenue. Beloussov was President and Chairman, then Executive-Chariman until 2009, when his business partner Ilya Zubarev took over as Executive-Chairman.
Founder and Chairman of the Board in Acumatica (www.acumatica.com), an innovative and fast-growing developer of cloud-based ERP software, after a recent investment from KKR the company is well on its way to become the main platform for 300K SMBs in the Nordic countries.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees in the Russian Quantum Center (www.rqc.ru)
Member of the Governing Board in the Center for Quantum Technologies in Singapore (www.quantumlah.org)
 
In the past Mr. Beloussov was CEO, founder and co-owner of Solomon Software, an exclusive franchising distributor of US mid-market ERP vendor, the company was aquired by Microsoft. He was the first CEO, founder and co-owner of Rolsen (www.rolsen.ru), the largest consumer electronics manufacturer in Russia with a $500M/year turnover.
 
Serguei received a B.S. With honours in Physics in 1992, an M.S. With honours in Physics and Electrical Engineering in 1995 and a Ph.D. In Computer Science in 2007, all from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
 
In rare moments of rest Beloussov enjoys wild nature travel and sampling Red Bordeaux wines.

Ilya Zubarev

Ilya Zubarev

Senior Partner, Co-founder
Ilya Zubarev is co-founder and senior partner at Runa Capital. 

Ilya is a Serial Entrepreneur & Investor, with deep understanding of IT-business and technology. During the last 20 years, Ilya has co-founded a significant number of successful IT-companies: Solomon SEA, Rolsen, Infratel, Parallels, Acronis, Acumatica. 
At Runa Capital, IIya's focus is on later-stage opportunities, as well as helping portfolio companies achieve their business and strategy goals.

Ilya holds BSc, MSc in Electrical Engineering at Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology.

Dmitry Chikhachev

Dmitry Chikhachev is a co–founder/managing partner at Runa Capital.

Dmitry is also head of board at IT-cluster Phystech, a large infrastructural project at MIPT - one of Europe’s leading universities that trains students in various fields of modern science and technology. 

Dmitry’s MSc in Applied Maths at MIPT and strong technical background give him deep understanding of the latest developments in such important areas as could computing, hosted services, and virtualization, as well as financial, healthcare, and educational IT-technology. At the same time his MBA (cum laude) and 18 years of executive experience, that include growing a business from zero to $75M and managing HR for a giant international telecom supplier across 7 countries, make Dmitry an excellent “hands-on” investor, always eager to help portfolio companies raise funds and develop sound business strategies.

At Runa Capital, Dmitry is primarily focused on driving the fund’s performance and closing deals. Recently, he has been busy leading deal execution for NGINX, Jelastic, LinguaLeo, Ecwid, Cellrox, Capptain and other Runa companies. He also led fundraising process for Runa Capital Fund I and is currently leading fundraising for Runa Capital Fund II.

Andre Bliznyuk

Andre Bliznyuk

Partner
5 years of investment banking experience: headed the Russia/CIS Equity Capital Markets Group for Goldman Sachs (2010-2011) and, prior to that, UBS Investment Bank (2006-2009), focusing on IPOs and other ECM transactions in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

In 2003-2006, head of capital markets and investor relations at Sistema, leading Russian conglomerate, managing debt and equity financing deals for Sistema, MTS, Comstar, Sistema Hals and Sitronics; prior to that, worked in Wimm-Bill-Dann’s investor relations team (2001-2003) 

Graduated from MSU with a master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Communications; followed this with a graduate course in Economics/Management

Peter Bauert

Peter Bauert

Partner
An experienced executive, Peter Bauert has been with Runa Capital from the beginning, assisting its founders with their start-up plans for the venture capital business. Applying his extensive knowledge of strategic planning, business development and business and financial operations, he provides guidance and support to both Runa Capital and its portfolio companies.

Peter brings an outstanding record of growing businesses, improving operating performance and realizing exit potentials to the team. Most recently, he served as CFO and COO of Parallels, a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software. Among other companies, he also worked for Fast Search and Transfer, where, as EVP of Strategy and Operations, he defined the strategic roadmap that led to a successful $1.3B USD acquisition by Microsoft in 2007.

Peter holds an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA; a MS in Computer Engineering from the University Central Florida in Orlando, FL, USA; and a BS in Computer Science from Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, FL, USA. He currently resides in Naples FL, USA.

Vera Shokina

Vera Shokina

Partner
As partner, CFO and COO of Runa Capital, Vera Shokina brings more than 20 years of finance and investment experience both in the US and Russia and a passion to build a Russian VC industry to the Runa team. She is responsible for all of Runa’s finance, legal, operations and investor relations functions.

Prior to joining Runa in 2010, Vera spent five years as a VP with California-based Silicon Valley Bank where she was responsible for building relationships with technology start-ups and oversaw a $50M USD venture debt portfolio for early-stage VC-backed software and services companies. Additional Silicon Valley experience includes work with GE Capital and Goldman Sachs & Co. Before moving to the US, Vera worked for Citibank Moscow where she managed a portfolio of loans and traded Russian equities for institutional foreign investors.

Active in both professional and civic communities, Vera is a former president and board member of the American Business Association of Russian Professionals (AmBAR), a non-profit business association of more than 2,000 Russian-speaking professionals based in Silicon Valley, and founder and board member of Moscow-based ArtWeekend, Children School of European Art. As part of her work with AmBAR, Vera organized a delegation of 20 prominent Silicon Valley investors representing top-tier VC firms managing $60+ billion USD and brought them to Moscow to meet with Russian business and government leaders to cement ties between the high tech communities of the two regions. The result of this trip was $400 million of joint investments.

Vera holds an MBA from the Moscow Finance Academy and a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from Moscow State Linguistics University.

Gaidar Magdanurov

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

Committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed, Gaidar joined the Runa team in October of 2012 as Investment Director. He screens seed-stage startups, advises and educates entrepreneurs, supports business development of portfolio companies and maintains relationships with incubators and accelerators. Gaidar lives by Runa’s motto to “provide smart money to smart startups” and grow global technological business around the world.

Gaidar brings more than seven years of experience in information technology to Runa. Most recently he served as Managing Director of Microsoft Seed Fund and as Local Software Economy Initiative Lead at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to that, he worked as a software engineer/architect on various software projects, and led a team of six freelance developers. He also spent three years as a senior research assistant at A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds of Russian Academy of Sciences, before switching from fundamental research to software development.

Before joining Microsoft, Gaidar was awarded “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” for three consecutive years. During his five and a half years with Microsoft, he was decorated with Gold and Platinum Circles of Excellence awards. Gaidar is also the founder and ex-chairman of the Commission on Web Development at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC).

Gaidar holds a master’s degree in Chemistry from the Higher Chemical College of Russian Academy of Sciences.Currently resides in Moscow. In his spare time, he enjoys torturing a guitar and singing.

Dmitry Galperin

Joined Runa in January 2011, focusing on growth stage tech companies. Prior to joining Runa Capital, in 2009-2010 was Strategy Director at Rambler Internet Holdings, focusing on business reorganization and marketing. 4 years in strategy consulting: 2005-2009 internal conlsulting group at Vimpelcom focusing on projects in the fields of marketing, pricing, IT and operational efficiency. 3 years in R&D material science: 2003-2005 research projects in computer assisted material modeling with DuPont. Graduated from Moscow State University with MS in Physics. Also holds PhD degree in Physics from MSU.