Spotify’s Daniel Ek wants to turn VKontakte’s users into paying customers, but he won’t get any help from his former Euro VP Chris Maples, who just left the company.
Russia’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg either has a very weird sense of humor, or he is genuinely preparing to fight censorship of the platform he founded until the bitter end.
Pavel Durov is no longer CEO of VK, saying in a resignation post on the social network that he was no longer able to defend the site’s founding principles.
Russian social network VKontakte has built a billion dollar business by cloning almost every aspect of Facebook for the local market. It seems a little rich, then, that founder Pavel Durov says his long-term ambition is to prove that Russian products can be global leaders.
Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko is the latest dictator to try and quash unrest by banning social networking sites. But whether or not his fears are accurate, the truth is simple: many countries now think the success of the Internet is indistinguishable from America’s political ambitions.