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History of Yandex

Yandex.Browser (2012)

Yandex released its own browser, designed to facilitate easy and safe internet navigation. It simplifies a range of different tasks for the user, from information search to virus protection. Yandex.Browser incorporates the best of the industry's technologies and is localised for Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.

International market (2011)

Yandex launched yandex.com.tr in Turkey in September 2011, with its services, including web search, maps and email, tailored specifically to the needs of web users in this country.

Turkey was the first country where Yandex started operating outside the Russian-speaking community. Instead of localizing its services, Yandex developed an entirely new product for the local users.

YNDX (2011)

Yandex went public on the NASDAQ Global Select Market in May 2011. The company’s shares trade under the ticker symbol “YNDX”.

MatrixNet (2009)

Yandex’s innovative approach was manifested yet again in 2009 when the company implemented a new method of machine learning – MatrixNet. This breakthrough technology takes into account thousands of search factors and their combinations. That has enabled Yandex to make search more precise as well as to refine the quality of search results for several classes of search queries. Thanks to MatrixNet, Yandex made a significant leap in its search quality.

School of Data Analysis (2007)

In 2008 Yandex opened the School of Data Analysis – a free two-year Masters’ program to prepare homegrown specialists in data analysis and information retrieval. Thus, Yandex is helping to create and maintain a scientific environment that is favourable for developing new technologies, recruiting new talent and ensuring Yandex remains on the forefront of innovation.

First development office outside Moscow (2006)

In 2006, Yandex began opening development offices outside of Moscow. Initially, a development center was created in St. Petersburg followed by a second center in Simferopol, Ukraine. In 2009, Yandex Labs was opened in Silicon Valley.

First representative office outside Russia (2005)

In 2005, Yandex expanded outside of Russia by opening a representative office in Ukraine.From the outset the goal of the new office wasto develop Yandex services for the Ukrainian user and to sell advertising in that country. Beside Ukraine, Yandex also has offices in Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Break-even point (2002)

Yandex became profitable in 2002 – six months earlier than expected. The company's revenues exceed its expenditures in August that year. Yandex ended 2002 with a profit and has never stopped being profitable since then.

Yandex.Direct (2001)

In 2001, Yandex launched Yandex.Direct, an automated system of text-based advertising placement. Using Yandex.Direct, any user could directly, without any intermediary, place their advertising on Yandex websites. During the first year of the system’s operation, more than 2,500 advertisers placed their ads on Yandex.

Yandex as a Standalone Company (2000)

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.

First Contextual Banner (1998)

In 1998, contextual advertising first appeared in Yandex. The advertising was highly correlated to user queries. In this way, advertising could be displayed directly to its target audience. Then, contextual advertising became an additional answer to user queries, and later – the primary business model of Yandex.

www.yandex.ru (1997)

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.

The word “Yandex” (1993)

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.

Combining search technologies and computer linguistics (late 80s)

Yandex’s history dates back more than 20 years – when our first search technologies were developed by our founders while working at the company Arkadia. At that time, several key programmers developed a handful of search programs. These included The International Classifier of Patents and Search through the Bible, which took into account the Russian-language morphology. That technology was later named Yandex.

Yandex N.V.
Registered Office in Amsterdam
Address: Schiphol Boulevard 165
1118 BG Schiphol
The Netherlands
tel.: +31 (0) 20 206 6970
Yandex LLC
Headquarters in Russia
Office in 
Moscow
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
16, Leo Tolstoy St., Moscow 119021, Russia
Reception
tel. +7 495 739-70-00, fax +7 495 739-70-70
Commercial Department
tel. +7 495 739-22-22 ext.1247, fax +7 495 739-23-32, eng-ad@yandex-team.ru
Toll-free number for regional users 8 800 333-9639 (or 8 800 333-YNDX)
Marketing & Media Relations
pr@yandex-team.ru
Investor Relations
tel. +7 495 974 3538
Office in 
Saint Petersburg
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
Piskarevskiy prospekt, building 2, block 2, 4th floor, Benois Business Centre, 195027, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Reception
tel. +7 812 633-36-00, fax +7 812 633-36-99
Toll-free number for regional users 8 800 333-9639 (or 8 800 333-YNDX)
Office in 
Ekaterinburg
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
10 Hohryakova St., Ekaterinburg 620014, Russia
Reception
fax +7 343 385-01-99
Sales Office
tel. +7 343 385-01-00 uralsales@yandex-team.ru
Toll-free number for regional users 8 800 333-9639 (or 8 800 333-YNDX)
Office in 
Novosibirsk
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
35 Krasnoyarskaya St., Novosibirsk 630004, Russia
Reception
fax +7 343 385-01-99
Sales Office
tel. +7 383 230-43-06 sales-nsk@yandex-team.ru
Office in 
Kazan
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
6 Spartakovskaya Street, 11th floor, right wing, Kazan 420107, Russia
Reception
tel. +7 843 524-71-71
Sales Office
kzn@yandex-team.ru
Office in 
Rostov-on-Don
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
70D, Gvardeysky Business Centre, Dolomanovsky Lane, Rostov-on-Don, 344011, Russia
Tel. +7 (863) 2-688-300
Office in 
Nizhny Novgorod
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address:
Lobachevsky Plaza, ulitsa Alekseevskaya, 10/16, Nizhny Novgorod, 603000
Tel. +7 (831) 233 06 06
Office in 
Kiev
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
Suite 30, 19–21 Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street, Kyiv, 01030 Ukraine
Reception
+38 044 586 41 48, fax. +38 044 586 41 48 ext. 6665
Marketing & Media Relations
pr@yandex-team.com.ua
For general inquiries
info@yandex-team.com.ua
Client Service Department
+38 044 586 41 48 ext. 2601
Skype
yandex.ukraine (reception)
Office in 
Odessa
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
Polsky Uzviz 11, Morsky-2 Business Center (8th floor), Odessa 65026, Ukraine
Reception
tel./fax: +38 0487 37 44 10, +38 0445 86 41 48
Marketing & Media Relations
pr@yandex-team.com.ua
For general inquiries
info@yandex-team.com.ua
Client Service Department
+38 044 586 41 48 ext. 2601
Skype
yandex.ukraine (reception)
Office in 
Simferopol
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
1a (4th Floor), Kazanskaya St., Simferopol
Reception
tel. +7 495 739 70 00, fax +7 495 739 70 70
Office in 
Minsk
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
Office 308, Rubin Plaza Business Center, 5 Dzerzhinskogo prospekt, Minsk, 220036, Belarus
Reception
+375 17 328-19-61, fax. +375 17 328-15-14
Office in 
San Jose
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
2001 Gateway place, Suite 400W, San Jose, CA, 95110
Tel. +1-650-838-0880
Office in 
Istanbul
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address
Mecidiyeköy Yolu Caddesi No: 12,
Trump Towers 2. Kule, 15. Kat, Ofis No: 1501-1502
34387 Mecidiyeköy, Şişli, İstanbul - Türkiye
Tel. +90 212 386 87 60 (pbx), fax. +90 212 284 46 48
Marketing & Media Relations
pr@yandex.com.tr
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Office in 
Lucerne
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address:
Citybay Business Center, Werftestrasse 4, CH 6005 Lucerne, Switzerland
Tel. +41-41-248-08-60, fax. +41-41-248-08-63
Office in 
Zürich
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address:
Odeonhaus Limmatquai 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Tel. + 41 44 252 50 00
Office in 
Berlin
  • Moscow
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Novosibirsk
  • Kazan
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Kiev
  • Odessa
  • Simferopol
  • Minsk
  • San Jose
  • Istanbul
  • Lucerne
  • Zürich
  • Berlin
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Address:
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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