Alex Zhigarev

Partner

With over 15 years of experience in strategy, operations and entrepreneurship, Alex knows сhallenges faced by technological startups and how to deal with them.

Having completed a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, he started his career as a software developer and project/program manager in large IT companies (Luxoft, Dell, Ericsson). He developed an avionics software, managed process improvement initiatives, was responsible for due diligence cases and M&A in engineering and TMT industries and even evangelized agile methodologies before Agile became a mainstream practice.

The thrill of creating something new  defined my career, from a geeky avionics software developer, to a corporate executive and a high-tech entrepreneur and investor. I am happy that I can bring in my experience, spanning over multiple industries.

After obtaining an MBA from INSEAD in 2010, Alex moved to the exciting and unpredictable world of entrepreneurship. He co-founded and managed a number of companies, some of which were successful and some less so. The “airbnb” for Russian speaking markets was one of the largest online apartment rental players on the CIS market by 2012. The “Booking.com” for medical tourists collapsed after the crush of the Russian currency in 2014. The gig he worked on before becoming partner of Speedinvest was Vest Financial – a company backed by Y Combinator and First Round Capital and acquired by Chicago Board Options Exchange in 2016.

Alex is an angel investor in a number of startups and works on board of one of the largest online travel agencies in Russia.