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|Headquarters||File:Flag of Russia.svg Moscow|
|Key people||Arkady Volozh, CEO|
|Revenue||▲50% US$ 300 Million (2008)|
|Employees||over 1600 (2009)|
Yandex (Russian: Я́ндекс) is a Russian search engine, the world's second largest non-English-language web portal, and the largest Russian-language web portal. Yandex was launched in 1997. Its name can be explained as "Yet Another iNDEXer" (yandex) or "Языково́й (language) Index". The Russian word "Я" corresponds to English "I" (as the singular first-person pronoun), making "Яndex" a bilingual pun on "index".
The closest competitors of Yandex in the Russian market are Rambler and Mail.ru. Although services like Google and Yahoo! are also used by Russian users and have Russian-language interfaces, Google has about 22.6% of search engine generated traffic, whereas Russian sites (including Yandex) have around 56.9%. Yandex is therefore one of the national non-English-language search engines (with among others Naver, Seznam.cz and Baidu) that outrun Google in their countries.
Yandex LLC became profitable in November 2002. In 2004, Yandex sales increased to $17M, which was 10 times greater than the company's revenue just 2 years earlier. The net income of the company in 2004 constituted $7M. In June 2006, the weekly revenue of Yandex.Direct context ads system exceeded $1M. All of Yandex's accounting measures have been audited by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu since 1999.
Since 2001, Yandex has conducted regular Internet search contests named "Yandex Cup" with several thousands of participants and valuable prizes.
On 6 July 2006, Yandex and the BBC simultaneously hosted a webcast which used viewers' questions to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yandex and the BBC dealt with the Russian-language and the English-language questions respectively. Yandex was represented by Aleksandr Gurnov, a famous Russian journalist and celebrity.
Yandex distributes a customized Firefox browser which includes Yandex.Bar add-on and other modifications catered to the Russian audience.
- ↑ http://download.yandex.ru/company/mini_book_v20.pdf
- ↑ http://www.liveinternet.ru/stat/ru/searches.html?slice=ru
- ↑ Where Google Isn't Goliath BusinessWeek
- ↑ http://money.cnn.com/2009/02/09/news/international/ioffe_russians.fortune/index.htm
- ↑ http://company.yandex.ru/english/releases/2007/2007-03-27.xml
- ↑ http://company.yandex.com/press_center/press_releases/2008/2008-09-09.xml Yandex Releases Punto 3.0
- ↑ Shankland, Stephen (January 9, 2009). "Firefox in Russia dumps Google for Yandex". CNET News. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10138969-2.html. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- ↑ http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9A%D1%83%D0%B1%D0%BE%D0%BA_%D0%AF%D0%BD%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BA%D1%81%D0%B0
- ↑ Jennifer L. Schenker. "Yandex Is Russian for Search—and More BusinessWeek. November 29, 2007"
- ↑ http://www.icq.com/info/partners.html
- ↑ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Ffx.yandex.ru%2F