“My dad was involved in technology, so in our Moscow flat I had a million toys around me.” He attended University of Moscow briefly before dropping out in 1992 at age 18 to move to Spain. He took out a loan from his parents to support his travels around Europe before starting Virus, an online store that sold computers and computer accessories to internet users in Russia in 1995.
He sold it "for a few hundred thousand" dollars in 1997, enough to pay his parents back in full.
Then in 1999 he founded Spy Log, a software tool that webmasters could use to track visitors to their sites. “It is the grandfather of Google Analytics,” Andreev boasts.
He doesn't claim that Google copied him, but he does believe Google was inspired by his project.
“I told her, you have huge potential and I have the best infrastructure,” Andreev recalled.
“Let’s do something.” That something began in August 2014 on a Greek island.
It’s a long story, but it was a little bit about politics.” Begun still exists but Andreev exited in January 2004 and is no longer affiliated with the company.
It’s been 10 years since he last visited Moscow, Andreev says.
“I sound like a product guy, I know, but what we’re really doing is creating strong tools to facilitate people interaction,” he said. It always has been.”" Russian entrepreneur Andrey Andreev is as close to a modern-day cupid as it gets, but instead of shooting bows and arrows he’s employing geolocation tools and facial recognition software.
A year later in 2002, he built contextual ads company Begun.
Finam Holdings, a Russian investment firm, had a majority stake in Begun in 2008 when Google expressed interest in acquiring it.
Russian entrepreneur Andrey Andreev is as close to a modern-day cupid as it gets, but instead of shooting bows and arrows he’s employing geolocation tools and facial recognition software.
He has helped build five successful online dating apps, including Badoo, the largest such app in the world, with 380 million user sign-ups and counting.
“We had an issue,” Andreev began to explain, before stopping himself.