There are now thousands of Americans, Germans, Frenchmen, Englishmen and Italians in Russia with their own small and medium businesses. They are real innovators and pioneers. And they are very successful! They are not afraid of default in Greece, strikes in Spain or rising rate of unemployment in the USA…
They have found a country where the number of small and medium enterprises is set to increase rapidly in the next few years, where the average wage, and therefore the level of purchasing power of the population, has also been growing in recent years, and where there is still a lack of professional managers.
And it doesn’t matter when they came: in 1994, like the American Christopher Michael Tara-Browne from San Francisco, or in 2005, like the German Christian Alexander Kowaltschik from Coburg in Bavaria. Though now you could say they are not from San Francisco or Coburg, but from Novosibirsk and Sevsk, a little town in the Bryansk Region. Sometimes it can be otherwise, of course. Bertrand Coué from Lyons opened a language centre in Moscow and soon returned to France, and the Italian Renato Mastai took a long time to persuade his Russian wife to move to her hometown Kirov…
We had a good reason to choose foreign small and medium businesses in Russia as the main theme of our magazine. No one had studied this subject in depth before. Small and medium businesses are only just starting to develop in Russia. What contribution to them are Western Europeans and Americans making? How much can be earned in Russia? Who else do they want here? We decided that the foreign small and medium business people in Russia should talk about this themselves. That is why many articles in the magazine are written in the first person.
The word “startup” has become very well established in the Russian IT and Internet industry. It comes from the English “to start-up” – to get something going. So in Russia now, as well as in the rest of the world, companies in the initial stage of their development are called startups. We are a startup too. It took two and a half months from the idea of starting a magazine on foreign investments in small and medium businesses in Russia to the appearance in App Store of the pilot issue of the “Business Investment Guide to Russia” – BIGRussia for short. We know how difficult and interesting it is to start up a new project, spending our own money on it, not someone else’s.
Any magazine is a business. And it can only be a success with the help of its readers. It’s very important to us to know your opinion. We really need your feedback. So under each article, you are given the opportunity to discuss the topic on our Facebook page.
And another thing. We are seeking new heroes and their stories for future issues of the magazine.
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Yours sincerely, Nail Gafutulin, Chief Editor.