Russian Innovators Don't Trust Russian VCs

Summary:I met with a Russian delegation to Silicon Valley recently, which was seeking to copy some of our best practices. [Please see: Turning Oil Into Innovation: Russian Delegation Seeks Silicon Valley's LessonsAn interesting issue emerged during our conversation.

I met with a Russian delegation to Silicon Valley recently, which was seeking to copy some of our best practices. [Please see: Turning Oil Into Innovation: Russian Delegation Seeks Silicon Valley's Lessons

An interesting issue emerged during our conversation. The Russian government is helping to establish several large venture capital funds with a boost in revenues from oil, However, Russian entrepreneurs are unwilling to share their ideas with the VC fund managers because they think they will steal their ideas, said Yuri Ammosov, a senior policy officer in the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

"I've tried to explain to them that the people running the VC funds are not trying to steal their ideas. Their job is to run the fund, and invest in good ideas," said Mr Ammosov.

That's a significant problem for Russian innovation...

Topics: Banking, Government, Government : US

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In May 2004, Tom Foremski became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to make a living as a full-time journalist blogger. He writes the popular news blog Silicon Valley Watcher--reporting on the business of Silicon Valley.Tom arrived in San Francisco in 1984, and has covered US technology markets for leadi... Full Bio

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