Our team, data platform and industry insights to help you scale and win
Our team, data platform and industry insights to help you scale and win
We admire founders who are not afraid to push aside their challengers and critics to pursue their vision.
We do not limit ourselves to particular industries or geographies — we back ambitious founders globally, from seed to series B.
We lead deals and move fast.
If there is a problem, we roll up our sleeves, get shit done and champion your cause. And of course we do all the usual VC helpful stuff ⚡
We contribute to the fulfilment of your vision with our global research, industry insights, and billions of data points from our proprietary data platform.
And we are zero bullshit.
Instant Grocery-Delivery Service

Banking-as-a-service (BaaS) platform that aims to build DeFi for traditional finance

Rain is an employee benefits app that allows employees to instantly receive their earned-wage on-demand
Coding Tests and Assessments for Technical Hiring

Creating online teaching ecosystem in India

Atom Finance
Investment research platform and application that offers resources, data, and analysis to investors and allows to track all investments in one place
Property management platform and discovery marketplace that simplifies the process of renting homes for both landlords and tenants.

Mobile and desktop app that allows to make Audiobooks from Anything and helps people with dyslexia and low vision to read out using text to speech voice
From day one — we made a dedicated bet to utilize technology to build a better VC. This is because we walk the talk and believe that tech is truly changing everything. We wanted to be in the front seat of technological innovation and in a sense, we’ve been incubating a startup ourselves. With a 12+ strong engineering and product team, we have developed a state-of-the-art in-house data platform that is processing more than 1 billion data points every single day.
Boris, our ML engine ‘scans' the global startup ecosystem, helping us to identify breakout startups of the highest quality as early as possible whilst also providing excellent support for our investment team’s research. This is not a silver bullet, of course, but it’s a stable pipeline generator for global ideas that hide within our fund’s, or another’s general periphery.
Our instrumental Boris also allows us to provide meaningful insights to our portfolio companies: from monitoring competition to intelligence on adjacent markets and new implementable products and business models.
Investment team
Product team
Operations team
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Vagan Khranyan
Founding Partner
#fintech #ecommerce

Vagan, together with his partner Nikolai, established CM Ventures in 2020. Before that, he was an Investment Manager in the technology sector at USM Holdings. In a team of three, he managed more than $1bln in assets and invested in more than 20 startups.

Vagan started his career as an analyst in the Securities Department at Goldman Sachs. Vagan has also founded and successfully exited several consumer-focused startups.

Vagan holds a BA degree in Economics from LSE, a BA degree in Law, and Ph.D. in Philosophy.
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Nikolai Dyachkov
Partner, Chief Product Officer
#ecommerce #SaaS #foodtech 

Nikolai is a Partner at CM Ventures. Prior to establishing the Fund, he was heading the investment arm at USM Holdings where he invested in more than 20 companies. Nikolai successfully combines the roles of VC Partner and Chief Product Officer at CM Ventures.

Nikolai started his career at Troika Dialog (now Sberbank CIB). He graduated from the Finance University of Russia with a degree in Economics.

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Alex Rozhin
Senior Associate
#nocode #AI/ML #SaaS #devtools

Alex joined CM Ventures as an Investment Associate in March 2020 and acts as the bridge between the CM Ventures investment and product teams. This role has led Alex to an investment focus on developer-centric tools.

Prior to CM Ventures, Alex worked at iTech Capital, covering TradingView and Aviasales as a VC/PE portfolio manager. Before iTech he gained experience in both IB and management consultancy sectors.

Alex graduated from the Higher School of Economics with a degree in Finance.

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Victoria Volkova
#foodtech #creatorseconomy #edtech #digitalhealth

Victoria joined CM Ventures in March 2020. Prior to CM Ventures, she gathered practical experience at Accenture as a technology consultant for financial services clients, as well as undertook several internships in the VC and startup spaces in San Francisco and Moscow. 

Aside from her day-to-day work as an investor, Victoria leads CM Ventures outbound communications through reach out, networking, and PR. 

Victoria graduated from the Higher School of Economics with a degree in Public Administration and studied Entrepreneurship at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

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Giles Hart
#fintech #edtech

Giles joined CM Ventures in October 2020 as an investment analyst.

Giles holds a BEng in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Nottingham and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Affairs from King's College London.

Giles is keen to explore investment opportunities from the developing world.

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Danny Lavrenov
#ecommerce #B2BSaaS #consumerSaaS #headless

Danny was the first investment analyst to join the CM Ventures team.

Previously, Danny was working at iTech Capital, an early-stage VC fund where he was responsible for pipeline generation and portfolio management.

Danny holds a BA in Economics from the Higher Schools of Economics.

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Kate Glozshtein
#creatorseconomy #edtech #hrtech

Kate has been with the team since November 2020 and outside of her research responsibilities, is the face of CM Ventures' outbound communication with founders. 

Kate developed an enthusiasm for edtech as an e-learning researcher at her alma mater and as a guest student at the Humboldt University of Berlin. 

She graduated from the Moscow State Linguistic University and holds a BA degree in German Linguistics. 

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Amir Valeev
Analyst Intern

Amir joined CM Ventures in the summer of 2021 as an Intern.

He is currently studying towards a BAs degree in Computer Science from Moscow State University with a placement at the Vega Institute, researching Optimal control problems in cryptocurrency payments.

Amir has also explored applied financial math with Deutsche Bank in 2020.

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Nikolai Ustinov
Chief Technology Officer
CM Ventures has been a data-driven fund from the beginning, so the first person who joined CM Ventures after the partners established the Fund was Nikolai as CTO. 

Prior to that Nikolai was in charge of building a credit scoring system at Edna, the largest Russian telecom provider in the financial sector. Before Edna he founded and worked as CTO in a company that was providing IT consulting and services around the Oracle ecosystem.

Nikolai holds a Master of Science degree in Informatics and Control Systems from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

He is also a speaker at the Russian flagship IT conference HighLoad++.

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Gerard Kostin
Chief Data Scientist
Gerard recently joined CM Ventures as Chief Data Scientist. Gerard’s role is to enhance the decision-making process of the investment team with AI-driven solutions. 

Gerard is a data science expert with more than 11 years of consequent experience. Gerard has broad knowledge in solving different use cases using data science and AI approaches in various business areas. He was leading the data science team at MTS and Rostelecom (telco). Gerard worked for a Silicon Valley startup as a data scientist and use case owner with a key focus on digital solutions. For the last 3 years Gerard was in charge of AI driven innovations at Swarovski HQ in Austria.

Gerard holds an MSc degree in Mathematical Modeling and Сybernetics. 

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Dmitri Bundin
Tech Lead
Dmitri is responsible for the core platform's system development.

Prior to joining CM Ventures early in 2020, Dmitri worked in the fintech, adtech, and retail industries with a focus on the development of performance-critical software parts.

Dmitri is also among the top speakers at the Russian flagship IT conferences HighLoad++ and JPoint.

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Gleb Mekhrenin
Site Reliability Engineer
Gleb is responsible for the infrastructure platform development and DevOps processes for the CM Ventures proprietary platform.

Previously Gleb developed the infrastructure platform for the largest crypto-exchange in Eastern Europe, as a site reliability engineer. While at AT Consulting, a system integration company, as a senior DevOps engineer. Gleb worked on the development of a Unified Real Estate Register for a government project.

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Stas Luchnikov
Frontend developer, UX/UI Designer
Stas is responsible for the frontend development and interface design of the CM Ventures proprietary platform.

Previously Stas worked at a London-based startup, Billforward, as a frontend lead and UX designer, and at Tinkoff Bank as a senior frontend developer.

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Anton Solovyev
Tech Lead
Anton is responsible for the development of CM Ventures' proprietary platform.

Prior to CM Ventures, Anton developed a billing system at Evotor, an SME-focused fintech company in Russia that was acquired by a top Russian bank in 2020.

Anton graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University with a Master's Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.

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Viktor Platov
Product Manager
Viktor manages the development of CM Ventures' IT products, the analytical system, and our productivity tools.

Previously he was in charge of complex machine learning-driven technical products at Hewlett-Packard, Yandex, and Edna. 

Viktor holds an MSc in Information Security. 

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Ivan Bakulin
Data Analyst
Ivan joined CM Ventures in the summer of 2021 and is responsible for data management and analytics.

Prior to CM Ventures he was involved in academic work at Skoltech and MIPT.

Ivan holds an MSc from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (summa cum laude).

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Artem Allaberenov
Data Analyst
Artem joined CM Ventures in August 2021 and is responsible for data analytics and data-driven decisions.

Artem started his career journey as a researcher in the field of aircraft control systems. Prior to CM Ventures, Artem was working with data and business analytics at CityDrive, a car-sharing company. 

Artem graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute and holds a degree in Control Systems. 

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Petr Zhilyaev
ML Scientific Adviser
Peter joined CM Ventures in October 2020 as Chief Machine Learning Officer.

Under his leadership, CM Ventures' proprietary data platform began developing generalized models based on AI.

Peter returned to academia in mid-2021 and is now a leading research scientist at Skoltech. However, he is actively involved in helping CM Ventures with scientific consultations on new ML research directions.

Petr holds a Ph.D. in Condensed-matter Physics.

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Daria Platova
Project Manager
Daria handles administrative tasks for the product manager and product team members to keep the projects running smoothly. She is also responsible for QA.

Previously, Daria was a project manager at the Walt Disney Company.

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Anna Posechkina
Head of Operations
Anna keeps the cogs turning at CM Ventures as our Head of Operations. She focuses on all the administrative processes - accounting, HR, and operations.

Prior to CM Ventures, Anna gained her practical experience at USM Holdings.

Anna has a background in Pharmacy, Clinical Psychology, and is currently undergoing training in HR.

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Alyona Sukharevskaya
PR and Communications Manager
Alyona is CM Ventures' PR guru. She has extensive experience as a journalist in leading business media outlets in Russia, covering IT, startups, tech & telecom topics. As a PR professional she has worked with a number of high-profile IT companies, startups, and VCs in the Mobility, Edtech, Flexible Office Space, and SaaS verticals.

Alena is also assisting our portfolio companies with media connections.

Alyona holds a BA in Media Communications from the Higher School of Economics.

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