Yandex is the leading Russian search engine focusing mainly on the Russian-speaking community. It was developed by Arkady Volozh and Ilya Segalovich, founded in 1997 and is based in Moscow. In addition to web search, it offers image, video and news search. Since 2010 Yandex also offers a search engine for English language websites: Yandex.com.
|Language||Russian, English, Indonesian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Belarusian|
|Launched||September 23, 1997|
|Developer||Volozh, Arkady and Ilya Segalovich|
|Country of Origin||Russia|
|1997 - 2000||CompTek|
|2000 - [...]||Yandex company|
|Region||Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Indonesia|
|Robot/Crawler based, algorithmic search|
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|Yandex: »The official launch date of the yandex.ru search engine was September 23, 1997. On this date the system was publicly displayed at the Softool exhibition in Moscow. The Yandex search engine of 1997 took into account Russian language morphology and distance between words, and computed the relevance of a document using a complex algorithm. Within three years, Yandex became the largest search system in Russia. [...] Yandex was incorporated as a standalone company in year 2000. Shareholders of a predecessor to Yandex followed Arkady Volozh and invested in the new company. Also during the first round of investments, the Ru-Net fund provided more than $5 million to Yandex for a stake of 35%. In addition, leading developers and managers of Yandex became shareholders of the company and Arkady became Yandex’s CEO.«
|Wikipedia: »Yandex [...] is a Russian Internet company which operates the largest search engine in Russia with about 60% market share in that country. [...] Yandex ranked as the 4th largest search engine worldwide, based on information from Comscore.com, with more than 150 million searches per day as of April 2012, and more than 50.5 million visitors (all company's services) daily as of February 2013.
[...] Yandex also has a very large presence in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, providing nearly a third of all search results in those markets and 43% of all search results in Belarus. The Yandex.ru home page has been rated the most popular website in Russia. [...] Yandex's roots trace back to 1990, when Arkady Volozh and Arkady Borkovsky founded the company Arkadia, which developed MS-DOS software for use in patents and goods classification. Their software featured a full-text search with Russian morphology support. In 1993 Arkadia became a subdivision of Comptek International, another company founded by Volozh in 1989. In 1993-1996 the company continued developing its search technologies and released software for searching through the Bible and Russian classical literature.
[...] Yandex's revenue comes primarily from online advertisement. In 1998 Yandex launched contextual advertisement on its search engine. In 2001 it launched the Yandex.Direct advertisement network. [...]
In spring 2011 Yandex raised $1.3 billion in an initial public offering on NASDAQ. It was the biggest U.S. IPO for a dotcom since Google Inc. went public in 2004. [...]« Source|
|In July 2013 Yandex Co-Founder Ilya Segalovich dies of cancer at 48. Source|
|»The word “Yandex” was invented by the company’s two principal founders, Ilya Segalovich and Arkady Volozh. At that time, Ilya was experimenting with different derivatives of words that described the essence of the technology. As a result, the team invented “yandex” – with Ya standing for the Russian “I”. The full name originally stood for “Yet Another iNDEX”. Today the word Yandex has become synonymous with internet search in Russian-speaking countries. Millions of people use Yandex each day for internet search and other valuable services.« Source|
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