December 12, 2010 by staff
Groupons, Alexander Tamas, a partner in Digital Sky Technologies (DST), a leading investor in Facebook, Twitter, Zynga and Groupon, defended the rejection of the bid Groupon acquisition of Google, saying that Groupon could become one of the companies largest on the Internet.
Tamas spoke at the conference Le Web in Paris. He said that there are Internet companies that have very little opportunity to define their gender and become big business. Groupon can achieve much more by remaining independent.
DST is a Russian investment company based largely financed by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov and directed by Yuri Milner. South Africa’s new Internet media giant Naspers market recently acquired a stake of 28.7% by DST, which has invested heavily in Facebook, social network creator games Zynga owns and the maturity of the instant messaging service, ICQ.
Earlier this year, BusinessWeek reported: A Russian star rises in Silicon Valley:
Since paying $ 200 million and 2% of Facebook last May, Milner has increased this stake to nearly 10% may be worth U.S. $ 2 billion and the stock of employees at the beginning…
April 19, DST took the majority of the United States and 135 million round of financing for Groupon, Chicago-based coupons, offering site for restaurants and museums. In December, summer time was the largest investor in a group that plowed the United States and 180 million in Zynga.
… Milner became one of the mainstays of Web 2.0 and other start-up and U.S. $ 1 billion to spend on new investments.
Tamas said that the DST seeks companies with a valuation of at least U.S. and 1 billion dollars and it only invests in Internet companies that have the potential to become the largest in their markets.
He declined to discuss details of Groupon rejection of the offer of Google, reported to be as high as the United States and 6 billion, but he said that the incredible growth of the company in selling “Butts” coupons, justified his decision to remain independent.
He said it was rare to find Internet companies of the stature of Groupon. He used theanlogy of planets, which shine by reflecting light and stars, which generate their own light – Groupon is in the class star.
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