OnAir3G, a Russian mobile startup still in stealth mode, has picked up $2 million in funding from Runa Capital, a new VC in Russia with a focus on early-stage investments. OnAir3G is due to launch its service in Q2 2011.
Little is known about OnAir3G but its description on Quintura as a “voice-enabled mobile social networking platform” ticks the right boxes for a start-up in the mobile-data-hungry, social-media crazy Russian market.
Its CEO (and co-founder) is Andrey Vasilevskiy, who had co-founded mobile navigation software developer SmartCom and sold it to Russian search engine and portal Yandex. Vasilevskiy’s LinkedIn profile also indicates that he also held roles as the head of mobile for Yandex; and director of Mail.ru.
Meanwhile, Runa, which started up only in August, 2010, is run by “serial entrepreneur” Serguei Beloussov, who has made his name in enterprise startups. The company has a $30 million seed fund, according to TechCrunch, that it will be investing in early-stage technology companies in areas such as internet, mobile computing and cloud applications.