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Serguei Beloussov

Senior Partner

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Serguei Beloussov

Senior Partner

Europe

Serguei is co-founder and founding partner at Runa and has co-founded several global enterprise software companies including Acronis, Parallels and Acumatica. After several years away from direct involvement from Acronis, Serguei is currently back in charge Acronis as CEO.

Sergeui is a self-made entrepreneur with a 20-year track record in investing, building, growing and leading global high tech companies. His investments, both personal and professional vary from middleware/IT to quantum computing, that later through the Quantum Wave Fund, a venture capital fund he founded. He received a B.S. With honors in Physics in 1992, an M.S. with honors 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

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Andre Bliznyuk

Partner

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Andre Bliznyuk

Partner

United States

Andre Bliznyuk is a Partner at Runa Capital, where he invests globally out of the firm’s Palo Alto office, focusing primarily on regulated industries such as finance, education, and healthcare. Andre is currently a Board member at Lendio, Smava, Mambu, Final, drchrono, EchoPixel, Station X and Zipdrug, and he also led Runa Capital’s investments in Brainly and Zopa. His prior investments include Thinkgrid (acquired by Colt Telecom), StopTheHacker (acquired by Cloudflare) and Schoolmint (acquired by Hero K12 and BV Investment Partners).

Prior to joining Runa Capital in 2011, Andre spent over 10 years helping companies IPO and raise financing in the public markets, both as a banker with Goldman Sachs and UBS, and in-house at a number of European publicly traded corporates. He holds an MA degree in Communications from Moscow State University.

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Dmitry Chikhachev

Partner

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Dmitry Chikhachev

Partner

Europe

Dmitry is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Runa and is also head of the board at IT-cluster Phystech, a large infrastructure project at MIPT — one of Europe’s leading universities. He currently holds board seats at NGINX, Jelastic, Digital Genius, Critzr, and MariaDB.  

Dmitry’s MSc in Applied Maths and Physics at MIPT and strong technical background give him a deep understanding of cloud computing, hosted services, and virtualization, as well as financial, healthcare, and educational IT-technology. His MBA (cum laude) and 22 years of executive experience, which includes growing a business from zero to $75M and managing HR for a giant international telecom supplier across 7 countries, also makes him an excellent “hands-on” investor.

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Jeff Cooperman

Principal

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Jeff Cooperman

Principal

United States

Jeff joined Runa Capital in 2016 and assists portfolio companies with capital raising and liquidity events.

Before joining the Runa team, Jeff worked in Seagate Technology's Strategy and Corporate Development group, responsible for strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures. Also a member of the Seagate corporate venture team, Jeff helped manage the company's strategic investment portfolio, investing in innovative storage startups and serving as a board observer for several portfolio companies. Prior to joining Seagate, Jeff worked as an investment banker at Piper Jaffray and Deutsche Bank in New York, advising technology hardware and industrial technology companies on mergers & acquisitions, equity financings and LBO transactions.

 Jeff holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College. Jeff grew up in the Bay Area, now lives in San Francisco and is a lifelong Golden State Warriors fan.

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Michael Fanfant

Senior Associate

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Michael Fanfant

Senior Associate

United States

Michael is a Senior Associate at Runa, where he works out of the firm’s Palo Alto office and is on the Board of AppBuddy, Revegy, and ClearMechanic. Michael primarily focuses on regulated industries (fintech, edtech, healthcare, etc.) and B2B SaaS businesses. Prior to joining Runa, Michael was Co-Founder and COO at Octane Lending where he was responsible for overall strategy and customer acquisition. While at Octane Lending, he helped launch Roadrunner Financial, a near-prime lender for powersports vehicles. He continues to serve on Octane Lending’s Board of Directors. Prior to Octane Lending, Michael worked in corporate strategy at Capital One, where he focused on growth within retail banking, credit card partnerships, and the pre-paid credit card industry. Michael graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and is originally from Seattle, WA.

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Dmitry Galperin

Partner

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Dmitry Galperin

Partner

Europe

Dmitry is a Partner at Runa and helps lead the firm's European investing, focusing on a variety of areas of software including machine intelligence and VR. Dmitry currently sits on the board of Wallarm.

He joined Runa in January 2011 and was previously Strategy Director at Rambler Internet Holdings, focusing on business reorganization and marketing. He holds an MS and PhD in Physics from Moscow State University.

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Konstantin Gnyp

Senior Analyst

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Konstantin Gnyp

Senior Analyst

Europe

Konstantin is a Senior Analyst at Runa, where he’s focused on deal sourcing and analysis of European companies. Prior to joining Runa Capital, Konstantin founded two companies in the IT and international tourism sectors.

He holds two degrees in Chemistry and Financial Management from Lomonosov Moscow State University, all with honors. In addition, he received a MSc degree in Oil and Gas Engineering from the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.

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Ruslan Sarkisyan

Senior Associate

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Ruslan Sarkisyan

Senior Associate

Europe

Ruslan is a Senior Associate at Runa where he focuses on healthcare, fintech, cloud for SME's and cloud infrastructure. Prior to joining Runa, he worked as an associate with McKinsey & Company. 

Ruslan started his career as a strategy consultant with IBM, working on initiatives across Europe, USA and Asia. His experience at IBM included developing growth strategies for IBM product portfolio and improving business performance through business analytics and optimization. Ruslan received "Best of IBM" award as one of the top 500 employees worldwide. He holds a master degree in Mathematics and Mechanics from Moscow State University

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Konstantin Vinogradov

Senior Associate

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Konstantin Vinogradov

Senior Associate

Europe

Konstantin is an Senior Associate at Runa and has been with Runa for 6 years. He mostly focuses on deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio development. His areas of expertice include cloud business applications, machine learning, and fintech. He primarily focuses on startups in the UK and France. 

Before working at Runa, Konstantin worked at several startups, led an international startup competition, and co-founded, and subsequently sold, a small hardware company. He also has BS and MS degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  

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Ilya Zubarev

Senior Partner

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Ilya Zubarev

Senior Partner

Europe

Ilya is co-founder and Founding Partner at Runa. Over the past 20 years, Ilya has co-founded a significant number of successful software companies including Solomon SEA, Rolsen, Infratel, Parallels, Acronis, and Acumatica. 

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