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Moscow State University
Theoretical Physics
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MBA 1992

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Yuri Milner

Yuri started investing in Internet companies in 1999. In 2005, he founded Digital Sky Technologies, Limited (now Group) to focus on Internet investments in the Russian speaking world. Under his leadership, Group performed approximately 75 transactions and built what is now the leading Russian language website in terms of users. Group is also the seventh most popular website globally in terms of page views or minutes spent online according to Comscore. Yuri is now the non-executive Chairman of Group.

In mid-2009, Yuri launched DST Global as the primary vehicle for international Internet investments. Under his leadership, DST Global invested in Facebook, the world’s largest social network, in Zynga, a leading social gaming company and in Groupon, a leading social e-commerce company.

Yuri graduated from Moscow State University in 1985 with an advanced degree in theoretical physics and subsequently conducted research at the Institute of Physics in the Russian Academy of Sciences between 1985 and 1989. He attended the Wharton Business School MBA program between 1990 and 1992.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
OTOY 2/2014Series D1
First Opinion 1/2014Seed$1.2M4
Planet Labs 12/2013Series B$52M13
Genapsys 11/2013Series B$37M4
IfOnly 10/2013Series A$9M13
Remind101 9/2013Series A$3.5M4
Aisle50 8/2013Series A$2.6M6
IfOnly 8/2013Seed$3M7
ThirdLove 8/2013Seed$5.6M18
Binary Thumb 7/2013Seed11
Quip 7/2013Venture Round$15M5
Coursera 7/2013Series B$43M6
Estimote 6/2013Seed$300k2
Science Exchange 5/2013Series A$4M7
Lulu 2/2013Seed$2.5M7
Foundation Medicine 1/2013Series B$13.5M3
23andMe 12/2012Series D$57.9M6
Prismatic 12/2012Series A$15M3
Clever 10/2012Seed$3M14
YourMechanic 9/2012Seed$1.8M11
PayDragon 7/2012Seed$1.35M4
Codecademy 6/2012Series B$10M6
Socialcam 4/2012Angel38
Path 4/2012Series B$30M9
ClassDojo 1/2012Seed$1.6M15
drchrono 1/2012Venture Round$2.8M1
Aisle50 1/2012Venture Round$2.6M10
Flotype 1/2012Seed$1.4M9
GetGoing 1/2012Seed$2.5M8
Wheely 12/2011Grant$25k1
Sand Sign 12/2011Grant$25k3
Comprehend Systems 11/2011Seed$1.2M12
Kaggle 11/2011Series A$11M8
Ark 11/2011Seed$250k5
Egomotion 10/2011Seed$1.1M12
Prism Skylabs 9/2011Seed$1.5M9
Game Closure 8/2011Seed7
drchrono 8/2011Seed$650k2
ZeroCater 8/2011Venture Round$1.5M15
Parse 8/2011Angel$1.5M15
OnSwipe 6/2011Venture Round$5M9
Mailgun 5/2011Seed$1.1M6
Superb 5/2011Angel$1.6M15
Circle Inc 1/2011Angel$1M14



  1. Otoy Raises Series D Funding ( [edit]
  2. With $1.2M From Greylock, Yuri Milner And 500 Startups, First Opinion Lets You Text A Doctor Anytime ( [edit]
  3. Planet Labs Raises $52 Million From Yuri Milner To Build The World’s Biggest (Little) Flock Of Satellites ( [edit]
  4. GenapSys Closes $37M Series B Financing ( [edit]
  5. Silicon Valley Venture Capital Almanac source [edit]
  6. Remind101 Lands $3.5M To Modernize Teacher Communication ( [edit]
  7. Aisle50 Raises $2.6 M In Series A Financing ( [edit]
  8. Luminary” Access Site IfOnly Officially Launches With $3M in Funding From Tech Luminaries ( [edit]
  9. ThirdLove Raises $5.6M To Help You Find The Right Bra Size By Using Your iPhone ( [edit]
  10. Grid, An App That Helps You Organize Ideas And Projects, Announces A Seed Round From Jerry Yang, Phil Libin, Others ( [edit]
  11. With $15M From Benchmark, Former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor’s Quip Aims to Take Productivity Mobile ( [edit]
  12. Coursera Lands $43M From The World Bank, Yuri Milner And More To Go Big On Global And Mobile Growth ( [edit]
  13. Citation Needed [add]
  14. Science Exchange Raises $3M in Series A Financing ( [edit]
  15. Lulu Raises Another $2.5M From Yuri Milner And Angels For Its Girls-Only App To Rate Guys ( [edit]
  16. Foundation Medicine Expands Series B Financing to $56 Million ( [edit]
  17. [edit]
  18. Prismatic Gets $15M From Jim Breyer And Yuri Milner To Attack The Impossible Problem Of Bringing You Relevant News ( [edit]
  19. Twilio For Education Data, Clever, Lands $3M From Kevin Rose, Mike Maples & Ashton Kutcher, Now In 2K Schools ( [edit]
  20. YourMechanic Raises $1.8M in Seed Funding ( [edit]
  21. PayDragon Raises $1.35 Million So Hungry People Can Skip Lines ( [edit]
  22. Codecademy Plans Global Code-Teaching Expansion With $10M From Branson, Milner, Kleiner, Index, Union Square ( [edit]
  23. Socialcam Nabs Angel Funding From The A-List: Yuri Milner, Tim Draper, Laurene Powell Jobs, And More ( [edit]
  24. Path Announces $30M+ Round Of Funding, Investors Include Sir Richard Branson ( [edit]
  25. ClassDojo Lands $1.6M From Paul Graham, Ron Conway To Help Teachers Control Their Classrooms ( [edit]
  26. drchrono Raises $2.8M From Yuri Milner And Others To Help Bring Medical Records To The iPad ( [edit]
  27. Aisle50 Lands $2.6M To Save You 50% On Organic Batter Blaster (And Other Fine Foods) ( [edit]
  28. Andreessen Horowitz, Salesforce Put $1.4M In Real-Time Messaging Infrastructure Startup Flotype ( [edit]
  29. Citation Needed [add]
  30. GoalEurope ( [edit]
  31. Start Fellows ( [edit]
  32. Comprehend Systems Closes $1.2M in Seed Funding ( [edit]
  33. Index And Khosla Lead $11M Round In Kaggle, A Platform For Data Modeling Competitions ( [edit]
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  35. Tagstand Raises $1.1 Million To Help Take NFC Mainstream ( [edit]
  36. TechCrunch ( [edit]
  37. Game Closure Quietly Raises Seed Round From SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Greylock, And More ( [edit]
  38. drchrono Raises $650K From Yuri Milner; Launches Patient Check-In iPad App For Doctors ( [edit]
  39. ZeroCater Raises $1.5 Million For No-Hassle Office Lunches ( [edit]
  40. YC-Funded Parse: A Heroku For Mobile Apps ( [edit]
  41. Spark, Lightbank And Yuri Milner Get In On OnSwipe's $5M "Series Awesome" ( [edit]
  42. Mailgun Raises $1.1 Million For Its ‘Twilio For Email’ ( [edit]
  43. Investors Cough Up $1.6 Million To Dine With Grubwithus, The Brilliant Social Dining Service ( [edit]
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