Not Only Silicon Valley

Overview of the Russian it community in Barcelona, Hong Kong, tel Aviv and Monaco. According to “Rosstat”, in 2013-2014, the pace of emigration from Russia increased almost 10 times — 308 thousand departures in 2015 against 36 thousand in 2011. Among them were many of the it entrepreneurs and representatives of the “creative class”.

Some went to USA, some in other countries, and now in the world issued a Russian “colony” of the it entrepreneurs, whose members help each other solve everyday business issues. Edition vc.ru speaks with Russian entrepreneurs and investors from Barcelona, Hong Kong, Monaco and tel Aviv.

They told us about the living conditions of the local startup ecosystem and the peculiarities of the indigenous people. Barcelona is in Eastern Spain on the Mediterranean coast. Throughout its history, the city has experienced three waves of emigration from the Soviet Union and Russia.

The first was in the 70-ies of the 20th century, when it was restored diplomatic relations between the USSR and Spain, and many Spaniards began to return home with their families, whom they managed to acquire in their new homeland. The second wave emerged in the early 90-ies, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Residents of new Russia were looking for a place to wait out the transition period and the capital of Catalonia were attracted by the pleasant climate and the opportunity to earn.

The third wave comes from the beginning of 2010-ies. Many freelancers, it professionals, entrepreneurs and representatives of creative class are leaving Russia and going to Barcelona. “Theres great climate and a great lifestyle. The sea, the kites, the beach, inexpensive food.

And always something going on” — says former head of the Moscow it-up hub Digital October Dmitry Repin. Once collapsed the ruble and Western countries have imposed sanctions against Russia due to the annexation of Crimea, foreign investors and entrepreneurs are much less likely to come into the country. Because of this, the number of events at Digital October was sharply reduced.

“All the coolest professionals moved to other countries and cities, the benefit of a great planet. It experts from Russia and the foreigners who were here,” recalls Repin. In 2015, he resigned and with his family moved to Barcelona.

Repin drew attention to the fact that the local community of entrepreneurs and it professionals is very fragmented, although he estimates the city is home to “hundreds” of Russian-speaking it specialists and entrepreneurs. He decided to join this community. The founder of the service LikeHome.ru Anton Repin Mashkovym found investors and began to create a hub for international and Russian-speaking expats called Digital Campus.

“It so happened that I know some number of people are my friends and acquaintances who over the last couple of years, he moved to Barcelona. If all of them gather, its a good crowd will turn out. But while theyre never going to” — said Repin.

However, partners had problems with local authorities. Due to the influx of tourists (10 million a year) they banned open new hotels and mini-hotels on the territory of the greater part of Barcelona.

Repin and Fry have found a suitable place for a Digital Campus with an area of 8,000 m2, but now they will either have to abandon the construction of coliving or to find another place but on the outskirts of town. According to Repin, the Association of Russian-speaking and international expats will solve two problems — social (the proper execution of documents, the choice of school for your child, the choice of the local Bank) and business (how to make work visas for employees, where to find investors and business angels, how to register a company).

On the one hand there is a language barrier. Barcelona — not Amsterdam, where you speak in English and you answer in English. There you dont get a sense that formally its kind of not English speaking country. Barcelona is a very multicultural city.

According to Repin, in Spain there are not enough specialists in the analysis and interpretation of data and technical specialists. “We know that in Spain the high unemployment among young people, but this does not apply to technicians and engineers. They are all perfectly arranged. Work cant find managers, marketing specialists, representatives of the tourism industry.”.

Due to the fact that the tourist season in Barcelona lasts 11 months of the year, in Central areas of the city is very crowded. Repin lives with his family North, in the district of Poblenou. Most foreigners, especially English or French,, lives in the districts of sarrià and gràcia.

“If people hypstercom warehouse, then he should live in the Old town — the Gothic quarter or El Raval. There is, of course, unsafe — can steal a wallet, but fun and there are authentic cafes and shops. This interweaving of the past with modern design. Like riding a bike,” says Repin.

According to Repin, in Barcelona cheap public transportation, but a cab. “The city has no Uber, and its uncomfortable. There is an app that allows you to call anywhere a regular taxi, but its expensive — twice as expensive, than in Moscow”.

Local underground branched and is open until midnight, but compared to Moscow there is a longer interval between trains to just a few minutes. “With trains often something happens, its not England or Switzerland. There are delays. I got not one or two times on some problems with the trains,” says Repin.

In addition, many tourists and residents moved to the bike — in the words of Repin, in Barcelona quite a lot velotechnik, and the first half hour on a bike you can ride for free. “Because the weather there most of the year is nice, and you on the scooter ride. People travel all over the wheel, on what is possible”.

According to Repin, Spain is “the country of the winning Siesta”. The first time it was strange that from two days to five p.m. most shops are closed. “If you do not know about this feature, then at some point not be able to buy anything. It is clear that in tourist locations there are open points,” he says. At first it annoys you, but then you get used and realize that people are so constituted.

But many establishments are open late, and in 21:00 to go to dinner — is this normal. This is not Northern Europe, where after 18:00 you can see empty streets and closed shops. The food in Barcelona is cheaper than in Moscow compared with London or San Francisco the cost of living is cheaper in two-three times. “The salaries of local programmers — €2-2,5 thousand, which is comparable with Moscow.

While the lifestyle can be maintained more interesting,” says Repin. Barcelona hosts one of the worlds largest music festivals — Sonar. The program of the event not only musical performances, but also business meetings associated with virtual reality technologies in the field of show business and entertainment.

The most well-known it event in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress. It takes place in late February and brings together more than one hundred thousand people. The Congress also organized conference for innovative entrepreneurs 4 Years From Now. In 2017, the event was visited by over 18 thousand people, including 700 investors and start-UPS 600.

According to Repin, in Barcelona, about 30 incubators and accelerators. In addition, the growth plan is carried out and the Barcelona-based investors. “Theres an interesting program, called Menorca Millennials.

Local investors two weeks going to the island of Menorca, selecting 20 start-UPS and arrange a “de-accelerator””. For the majority of participants they attract funding, think about how to further develop them. This is a very common format for Spain. We hang out on the beach, and at the same time try to collect the money.

In Barcelona every year are the venture capital deals by half a billion euros, while the average rating of a startup is $2.6 million. Local authorities are interested in developing a startup ecosystem — for this they formed the municipal organisation Barcelona Activa, which helps to settle NP the new location to foreign companies and entrepreneurs. If necessary, employees Activa can meet the right people, and recommend useful services.

In addition, Barcelona has the networking community Barcelona Global, which unites more than 600 members, including Repin and Malkov. The goal of the community to make the city a global hub. “They conduct research to find out what the visitors need and so on.

And through them you can a lot of with whom to meet, if you have a professional interest and you have something. If you tell me what exactly you want to do, it is likely that will help you, even will meet the right people,” says Repin. In my opinion, it is wrong to come to a new place with an idea and ask for money. This does not work, even if youre part of his country from the region come to the capital.

For example, come from Penza to Moscow and say. “Listen, give me the money, Ive come up with a new social network”. Repin advises entrepreneurs who plan to move abroad and to develop the company in another country to know in advance how organized the local ecosystem, what people and organizations are key elements.

He is also confident that without traveling and moving, it is impossible to create a global product. “Its hard to understand the needs of people in a big world, sitting somewhere in one location. From the point of view of design, product, UX. If youre whole life lived in a small town, where there is one gray five-story building — you are surrounded by people and objects, whose creators took care about design, about something else.

It all leaves a mark”. Due to the close economic ties with China, a huge port, modern infrastructure and soft tax laws, Hong Kong has become one of one of the largest financial and transit centres in the world.

“It is often called the “gateway to China”, says a Russian entrepreneur, Valentin Savenkov, but its not quite the full definition”. In 2016, the Hong Kong ranked fourth in the ranking of the best countries for doing business according to the world Bank (behind New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark). In Moscow, Savenkov has a private business in the production of video content, and the majority of its customers are from abroad. When the 2013-2015 period between Russia and Western countries have differences due to the annexation of Crimea, and they threatened to turn off the country from the payment system SWIFT, Savenkov just in case opened a company in Hong Kong.

And although the political situation in the world stabilised, the number of customers he fell. Therefore, the entrepreneur started to think about how to move to Hong Kong to develop his company on an international level.

Most often, the decision on business of emigration startups and owners of small and medium business holds the fear that its too expensive, and the process of starting business in a new strange place is very difficult. Russians and immigrants from other former Soviet republics also often hinders the language barrier, which complicates the process of adaptation to new conditions and leads to costs that could have been avoided.

Savenkov repeatedly visited the Asian countries he travelled in Indochina, worked in Singapore. However, in Hong Kong, he still had difficulties finding suitable accommodation, place for office, Bank selection and other things faced by any non-native person. “All this time I had the thought that if there was some kind of community or company, which could in Russian to seek advice or advice, I could save a lot of money and time,” he says.

The entrepreneur decided to establish such a community himself. Now he is looking for partners-like-minded people together to open “Russian hub” — co-working with the consulting centre and Russian-speaking managers.

They would give advice to entrepreneurs how to register a company to obtain business or investment visas, licenses. And besides, acquainted the newcomers with representatives of investment funds, private investors and business partners. “Those who have come to Hong Kong or Shenzhen and mastered, do not need such community.

But those who are going, looking for a place to open a company, it would be very useful,” — said Savenkov. According to the authors of the publication on emigration Selfmadetrip based startup system in Hong Kong is based on two industry — FINTECH and software development. “Hong Kong is in the top three largest financial centres in the world — there are many sell and buy a lot, so technology, accelerating financial transactions demand”.

In addition, the popular development of projects related to logistics, entertainment and gaming, as well as projects in the field of “green” technologies and clean energy. “In Hong Kong enough, the main thing is to find your niche.

I now believe that there could very successfully operate Russian designers. We are talking about design of products, interiors, furniture and even jewelry,” — said Savenkov. When the Director first came to Hong Kong, he could not get used to left-hand traffic and population density in the Central part of the city.

“It seems like somewhere near the stadium and ended with a football match, although it really is just people going about their business. But on the outskirts, everything is fine”. In the city centre is the business centre where banks are located and the headquarters of large companies.

According to Savenkova, to live there “is impossible because of the noise and horrible environment”. In addition, in the center of the high price of rental property (Hong Kong ranks first in the ranking of the most expensive cities in the world) — a separate apartment with an area of 25-30 m2 will cost $2-3 thousand per month. Savenkov is not recommended to stay in hostels due to the fact that the price, and on Airbnb you can find more suitable options for short term rentals.

In the hostel I paid $45 per night. The room was as half compartments. There was a bed and there was a small passage, with a width of 50 centimeters, which housed a folding table where you can put a computer.

The bathroom was a tiny room the size of meter eighty centimeters. Boiler and shower head was hanging directly over the toilet and to wash yourself it was necessary to tilt the trunk over it. It was not very convenient and not very nice. In these times I for the same money or even cheaper found on Airbnb wonderful options. Once it was a small two-room apartment in a nice, quiet neighborhood, near subway.

In another room in a smaller, almost a village house on beautiful lamma island, where no car. According to Savenkova, this island is densely populated with most expats from European countries.

It is located South of Hong Kong. To the center they get 25 minutes on a special ferry. “Urban infrastructure — probably the best that I have seen.

Better than in Singapore. In the most remote places can be reached with a minimum number of transplants and very comfortable,” he says. The city developed metro — it covers Hong Kong island and part of Kowloon Peninsula, adjacent to mainland China and Shenzhen, and several smaller Islands. In the center of the city run double Decker buses and trams.

“The price will not name, but buses and trams are cheaper than in Moscow, and metro is more expensive,” says Savenkov. According to the businessman, in Hong Kong personal transport there are not many local residents because of the high cost of Parking and maintenance. “I have never seen traffic in Hong Kong. I think the entrance to the city installed a special sensor that takes drivers a fee when crossing the city.

But a lot of taxi”. C 2014 in Hong Kong appeared Uber, which according to local foreigners, was “salvation”. They note that the local taxi is cheap, but if the passenger does not speak Chinese or English, he will offer a higher price.

In addition, different and quality cars — one commenter on TripAdvisor said that the use he had to ride on the Audi A5, Mercedes S-Class and Tesla Model S. Hong Kong taxi drivers have been the talk of the town — they are reminiscent of the Soviet “bomb”. When you approached the taxi stand, started bargaining — the driver could not agree to take you, or disagree, but at double rate.

They were masters of the situation. Now because they are Uber in the ass, of course, but from the point of view of the passengers all got better.

According to Savenkov, Hong Kong no problem to find European products — the city has a lot of the Seven Eleven stores and City Super, where there are Chinese and Western goods. “It is curious that stores Marks & Spencer has a separate section where they sell food products from Europe — they are in this sense similar to the shopping malls of Ikea, which sells products from Sweden,” he says.

Widespread street trading stalls. Due to the influx of residents from mainland China, many of whom earn a living just trading, and often illegal, suffer the native Hong Kongers who are registered according to the rules and pay all taxes, said Savenkov. “Hong Kongers are very friendly people. In shops sellers are very well trained, as Europe.

From street vendors to very great dignity, it is noticeable. They do not stoop, do not seek the favor of the buyer. Want buy, do not want — do not buy, bargain not to be”. According to entrepreneur, the tips and advice on how to behave in Asian countries, which are published on the Internet are outdated or untrue.

“Everyone that we must respect the educated people and we have. Many have been reading on the Internet the rules that things should pass with two hands, or to bow to all and Sundry — but its all nonsense”. Best to behave as well as behave with his fellow countryman, and everything will be fine.

Screaming is not necessary. Raising your voice is considered rude. If something does not suit — turn and walk away. If you think that something is wrong — call the police. But for me, no conflicts.

All around very patient with foreigners. Israel is home to more than a million Russian-speaking immigrants who arrived in the country at different times. There were three major waves of emigration — in the 70-ies, 90-ies and 2000-ies.

According to the Jewish encyclopedia, in the period from 1989 to 1991, in connection with the simplification of the procedure of emigration from the Soviet Union, left the country almost 465 thousand Jews. Most returnees took the city of Ashdod and tel Aviv.

“I dont think that those who come now, harder than those who came here in the 70s or 90s years, because the country is mostly made up of immigrants. Many speak Russian, and even if we turn to the Israelis in Russian, they will understand and respond,” says Isabella Filipova. When she was 9 years old, her parents decided to move to Israel from Kazakhstan.

Now Filipova oversees a program of the business accelerator TheHive Ashdod, which is based a non-profit organization Gvahim volunteering to help the returnees entrepreneurs or specialists with higher education. “We do not invest in our members and do not take money from them for the events. We help them not to get any benefit from this,” says Filipov.

In addition to the help Ghavim accelerator partners, one of which is the municipality of Ashdod. It is an industrial city, but the authorities are interested in development of it industry.

Brokered accelerator TheHive held a meeting with the mentors and public servants who advise prospective projects. The main selection criteria — the business idea and location. Preference is given to projects from Ashdod.

According to Filipova, one of the barriers for foreigners is the language. To develop in Israel, it is necessary to know Hebrew or English. “Then one of two things — either the person knows Hebrew, and look for a profession in Israel, or he knows English and if you can get to the Department of international corporations, where the majority of people coming from abroad. If neither one nor the other, that person will be difficult in Israel professionally”.

The center of the Israeli startup ecosystem is considered to be tel Aviv, where the offices of all major companies. According to estimates by the managing partner of the investment platform JSCapital Novel Golda, Israel lacks from 15 to 50 thousands of it professionals — programmers, project managers and analysts. “The deficit is to be reduced in part by retraining specialists from other fields, partly due to the expansion of technological faculties of Israeli universities, partly due to the recently approved programme of start-up visas”.

Gold, a native of Ukraine — where he worked as chief editor of the magazine IT Business Week. He came to Israel “for ideological reasons” — completed a 10-month educational program in the religious-Zionist kibbutz Ein-Zurim, and decided to stay.

In 2013 he, along with partners opened investment platform JSCapital, which today covers 12 verticals Israeli startup market (“from finteka to cybersecurity”) and attracts funding for projects at the seed stage and up to the round of series B. “Most working with us investors in Russian, plus we work with China,” says gold. Israeli investors are interested in projects related to artificial intelligence, robotics, telemedicine, and cybersecurity.

Local entrepreneurs to develop projects related to renewable energy, says Filipova. “Israel is already well developed at the household level. We have water heated using mirrors and special boilers that are installed on the roof of each house. We use the energy of the sun, we do not need a boiler. And in this area, constantly there are any new developments”.

In addition, Israel is exceptionally strong expertise in everything connected with Autonomous vehicles. In the country launched a technology scouting virtually all the major players in the automotive industry. Last year own R&D in Israel, has launched Qoros and Daimler, and Volkswagen invest $300 million, has become a strategic partner of the Israeli startup Gettaxi.

The icing on the cake — the absorption of the Israeli manufacturer of computer systems, Mobileye vision by Intel Corporation for $15.3 billion, the largest in the history of the Israeli startup scene. According to Isabella Filipova, Israel business is built on personal acquaintances and connections.

Therefore, if a person was born in another country and he doesnt have many friends in Israel, the development of business in this country should start with the curriculum growth in one of the local accelerators. “One of her goals is to create a professional circle of contacts for participants. Not only for those who are developing a startup, but for those who are looking for work.

It is useful to have the right connections with people who can help at least Council, especially in the startup field,” she says. Gold recalls that when the company was created in Israel, the entrepreneur will need to build your reputation. “I would say beware to lock in a “Russian ghetto” and to distance themselves from the political battles at least for the first year of life in Israel”.

Among the advantages of living in the country, he noted a high concentration of interesting people, global corporations and serious expertise in various fields, ranging from agricultural technologies to Biomedicine, as well as “absolutely transcendental level of mutual aid in the society”.

Among the disadvantages — high cost of living and high costs for housing, transport and services. Besides constant tension in relations with neighboring Muslim countries and periodic terrorist attacks. And although the number of victims of the terrorist attacks is incomparable with the victims of “ordinary” crime in Moscow, for the psychological effect of non-comparable. This is impossible to get used to, but we can live with it.

If you are alone, the feeling of fear goes away after a few sirens. If youre not alone – all the more complicated. Once the “tseva Adom” — “red color” siren, caught us with his wife and newborn son in the Jerusalem Hadassah hospital. It happened on the next day after delivery. Seventh floor, house rehabilitation, and you have fifteen minutes to make all together to reach a shelter.

And the chance to get there. So even today, I very well discern the overtones of the siren the sound of the washing machine or the revving of a motorcycle. Funny, I guess. Although there is not very.

However, in no other country, I do not feel as calm and relaxed as in Israel. I think the balance of dynamism in society and absolutely Levantine peace on the verge of apathy is extremely difficult to recreate in any other place.

Speaking of tel Aviv, Filipova is not recommended to stay in hotels. “They cant always afford even the Israelis”. She advises to look for accommodation through Airbnb or staying in a hostel (Abraham Hostel she likes). “It is best to find relatives or friends. In Israel the people are very hospitable and are always happy to accept.”.

Real estate prices in tel Aviv can be compared with Moscow. Buy a Studio apartment on the outskirts will cost $150 thousand, and in the center (not in luxury housing) — $200 thousand. “Israel has very few one-bedroom apartments.

The Jews love children and enjoy doing them. So that the vast majority of the housing Fund accounts for 3-5 bedroom apartments. The cost of two-bedroom apartment in new building in the center of tel Aviv — from $1.3 million. A 30-year-old house — $700 000,” says Roman gold.

Among the local mobile operators it recommends that Golan Telecom, as it allows you to manage your account online in Russian and English languages. “For $11 per month you can get unlimited plan including calls to 56 countries, and with 15 GB of 4G traffic.”. In Israel, many people live in the suburbs but work in the big cities.

“For us to get more hours in Israel to his place of work is considered a feat. Usually people get within an hour or less,” — said Filipova. In tel Aviv its hard to have a car because Parking spaces are few and the majority is intended only for residents of the city, says Isabel Filipova. “There is a special marking of curbs — blue-white — which allows Parking only by residents of tel Aviv.

For this they receive a special sticker on the windshield from the municipality. If a sticker no driver will be fined”. “Corporate Gett and Israeli trains with power sockets and Wi-Fi completely suits me, — said Roman gold. €? Private car in the Israeli reality — reduced mobility and quality of life because of the eternal traffic jams”.

Why people try to use applications for joint trips, or take the bikes, scooters or e-bikes, which have recently become popular in Israel. Subway in the city, but it should appear by 2021.

“It will be partially underground, partially overhead. Tel Aviv was planned so that metro is not quite expected. Now due to the construction of horrific changes in transport, has blocked many streets,” says Filipov.

In tel Aviv hosts a number of events, “which are difficult to follow,” says Filipov. “Of the famous — Digital Life Design conference, which is held around the world — in Germany, in America, and certainly in tel Aviv”. “This year the conference will take place on 3-7 September.

If you need free tickets (on the website they will be exhibited for about $550), please contact us we have several years headed the Russian delegation at the DLD” — says Roman gold. Also in tel Aviv is a major conference in the field of mobile Internet, GMIC Tel-Aviv, which hosts Chinese companies to enhance cooperation with Israel.

In addition, the city hosts the annual conference for entrepreneurs who want to cooperate with large companies. Its like the firm Axis. “Representation of the Axis is in Moscow. They are also invited to tel Aviv investors from Russia — from the funds of Runa Buran, Altair Capital, as well as representatives of Sberbank,” says Isabella Filipova.

Very interested in cybersecurity conference, Israel CyberTech, good audience gathers conference at tel Aviv University TAU Innovation Day. Just warning you. The level of organization of the Israeli start-up activities does not go to any comparison with the US and Europe.

Much was disorderly, but networking is just gorgeous. Speaking of networking — dont focus on big events, all the fun is happening in Israel on numerous meetup. “This is probably the most multicultural place in Europe.

I cant imagine where else in the Old world can be such an environment. Nobody cares where you come from, where youre from. All speak English, business is done in English, and all are open to dialogue with absolutely anyone,” says Russian businessman Kirill Logachev.

He lives in Monaco for the fourth year and develops own marketing Agency Adc.agency and communication Agency for interaction between brands and bloggers OhMyHype. In Russia he remained repair business Apple technology for private and corporate customers, “Jabuka”, founded jointly with Eugene Umbrosum. According to him, in the Principality are not enough specialists in any field related to it, digital and innovation. This is due to the fact that the local creative class is far from global trends.

“A year ago, it launched a local project, like Russian. Marketplace for buying or selling used things. Called Click.mc. Only it looks like it did at the time of occurrence Craiglist.

So outdated visually and technically, I dont know where they would unearth such an old platform. Technically its the middle or the beginning of 2000-ies”, — said Logachev. In addition, local developers have launched a local social network called Opportunity.mc.

“I do not know who they are going to compete. Anyone here actually need their own social network?”, — says Logachev. Both projects have actively promoted and developed with the support of the state, however, Logachev do not know of their environment neither single person who uses the services.

According to the businessman, the Monegasque authorities support almost any initiative in the field of digital and it let record companies in a simplified form, maintain or introduce advertising resources with the right people. “Here, you can directly come to the man who makes the decisions, and if in his opinion the project can bring at least some benefit to the state, he can support it,” says Logachev.

According to Logacheva, in Monaco is very friendly business environment — entrepreneurs are open to communication and do not appreciate other people “neither age nor nationality nor in appearance”. In Moscow you can deal with the fact that if you come to the meeting on the Porsche Cayenne, then youll never be taken seriously. Or, if you come to a meeting in sneakers or, if youre 25, and you came to the meeting with a serious 60-year-old uncle.

These stupid stereotypes are, of course, recede into the past, but still have a place to be, especially when you work with all sorts of “majors”. In Monaco such moments at all. And in business there is no concept of age. If youre 18-20 years old, you come and present your product, no one will have relations like.

“Well, you boy is still young and dont understand. Lets get out of here, and we will work in his age category”. On the contrary, people here tend to work with the younger generation because they see the changes and understand that they need it. There are companies that understand that they are not represented in social networks, and they need it because they work in tourism, but to engage in SMM can not do so quite openly working with the younger generation.

Among local entrepreneurs decided to put their luxury on display, to move around the city in motorcades with security. In Monaco people with a fortune of billions of euros in the evening walk in the shales in the store to buy bread, “and it does not bother”.

“No one you meet on clothes, because it may be that some guy in torn shorts and flip-flops the state €20 billion, but he was so comfortable to walk in. I think such can be found, except that in the Valley, in big cities, people behave differently,” says Logachev. In addition, even when people understand that their companion is a much lower financial situation, they dont pay attention to it.

“Someone of your friends can call you for a ride on a yacht, which he bought for €50 million, and do it just to spend time in good company, and it is not necessary that everyone in this company had the same financial capabilities,” continues the Russian businessman. You can come here from Russian villages in their 18-20 years and start doing some business. Here you will be treated quite openly. Just need to be adequate, not ****** (unpleasant person — vc.ru).

You must have a clear understanding of what youre doing. And understand that a reputation — then there will be no obstacles.

Local entrepreneurs quickly introduce new friends to your social circle. However in Monaco there is a common rule — in that case, if due to such acquaintance was able to find a business partner, then the mediator is entitled to remuneration. Once Kirill Logachev proved in such a situation, when a friend protested, why he was not paid for networking.

“I was surprised by this question, because people couldnt even imagine me personally, but simply invited to the event. But later, learning the details of local life, I realized that its not bad, because you can easily and quickly get access to good contacts. From a business point of view this is probably nothing wrong — it can be called some Agency Commission.”. According to the entrepreneur, such an approach is characteristic Monaco.

He works in the “Formula 1”, and if the agent brings him the client, he will get a bonus not only for this deal but for all subsequent transactions with this customer. “Even 10 years later, when the client have made friends with comes to pay, the company still pays the agents fee. Heres an interesting feature,” says Logachev.

According to Logacheva, Monaco is virtually crime free and very safe. However, at the end of March 2017 an emergency (by local standards) incident — the three attackers raided the Cartier jewellery boutique at the place du Casino. As a result, the police shut down the roads around the Principality and SMS urged all residents to stay home.

The robbers were three. Two were immediately detained at the scene, and the third managed to get in the car, drive a few tens of meters and set fire to it. According to local edition of the Monaco Matain, in the arrest operation involved about 30 employees of local special forces.

“I do not understand what they hoped. To Rob a store in a big city is one thing, but on the coast — quite a clinical idiocy. You have on one side the sea and on the other the mountains. And you can go only one way between sea and mountains. Enough to block, and youre not going anywhere.

Dont know what was in the mind of the robbers, but the show was noble”. The main feature of the Monaco is the size of the territory. The Principality stretched for two kilometers along the Ligurian sea coast, while its width does not exceed 500 meters.

Due to high demand the property prices start from €1 million for a Studio apartment. “You should be prepared for the fact that the view from the window will rest on the rock, or to the building difficult to approach. Decent options in which you can live well, start at €2 million. This Studio of 20 m2,” says Logachev.

To rent a house is also not so easy. First, monthly renting a Studio costs from €3 thousand. Plus in Monaco decided not to pay for housing monthly.

It is necessary to pay immediately for six months to a year. “Plus, you will pay Agency fee from 100% to 300% of one month rent and same Deposit. Therefore, to rent a house, you need to have on hand €15-20 thousand,” — said Logachev.

Average salary in Monaco at regular positions in the service sector — €2,5 thousand, so most employees cant afford to live in the Principality, and are forced to take shelter in the French towns or cities nearby.

“It is simple and not far — about 15-20 minutes by train. There is no difficulty, except for the device to work. In France the average salary of €1800, the difference is noticeable for the French,” says Logachev. And most interesting is that in supermarkets, Monaco prices are lower than in France.

You can go to Carrefour in Monaco, or cross the border and go to exactly the same Carrefour in France — most likely, there will be more expensive. This is due to the fact that in France the ******** (exceeding reasonable limits — vc.ru) taxes, and in Monaco there are almost no. Because of this, they can afford to keep lower prices than in France. As strange as it may seem.

Services home Internet and mobile communications in the Principality grants the company a monopoly Monaco Telecom. In the mobile segment, the company rents a frequency from the French operator Orange, which “catches” on the coast and gives you the opportunity to use 4G. “Monaco Telecom has tariffs where roaming even in France. That is, when you leave here this microcosm 2 km and you enter in roaming.

And the border you cross, sometimes 20 times a day because virtually no border,” says Logachev. According to the businessman, all institutions that fall in the ratio “price-quality” are also overseas. “There is a rule.

Want to eat — sit in the car and go to Italy. In Monaco all the restaurants totally over-price and youre good feed”. In France Logachev recommends that institutions in nice or Menton (20 km and 10 km from Monaco, respectively).

To join the circle of communication with local entrepreneurs, Logachev encourage you to find your interest group. The most influential organization of yacht club Monaco. “He has these events where people come and Prince, and the Royal to know.”.

They also have a community car lovers or tennis clubs. According to Logacheva, sport gives more opportunities to meet interesting entrepreneurs.

“Since the space is very small, we all go to the same gym, one tennis court, keeping the yacht in a club. Its not like in Moscow, when all the stars dont go to public sports facilities, because that will start the whole circus of self and other here it is. Therefore, there is no such that you need to try to get to where you dont really need or really want,” he concludes.

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