• Mick Jagger, Catherine Deneuve & Andy Warhol @ Kuznech

    A couple days ago Kuznech revealed its Face Detection and Face Recognition product demo, the demosystem for which is available here.

    There are 100 photos of EU, US, and Russian celebrities in the demosystem, and you can upload your own images to the system to see how face detection and face recognition algorithms work. Here are our results.

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  • Kuznech develops all-purpose image search tools for businesses

    Facebook alone claimed that that it received 7 petabytes worth of photo content monthly and 300 million photos per day from users in 2012 and that those figures were continually increasing. Attempting to search through photos on that and other sites is an enormous task, but Russian-founded Kuznech attempts to satisfy that need by offering companies technology such as facial-recognition and detection, similar-image search (by color and other parameters), duplicate-image search, and visual merchandise monitoring.

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  • Face Detection Technology in Odnoklassniki

    November 21, Moscow — A famous Russian social network Odnoklassniki (Classmates), project of Mail.Ru Group, announces about a deployment of face detection technology, developed by Kuznech.

    Now when all users of a social network Odnoklassniki will search their friends or simply familiar people, they will find more clear content. Firstly they will receive on search request profiles with human faces on avatars, instead of those on which other parts of a body, animals or other foreign subjects are settled.

    Methods of algorithm of face detection allow to moderate a content in an automatic mode. The detector is capable to find faces in portrait and group photos, even when there is a head slope on the picture.

    Users upload daily from 12 to 18 million photos to social network Odnoklassniki. 7 million photos are personal and go on a moderation. About 10% from them don’t pass check.

    “One of our main goals is to make the process of searching friends, relatives and acquaintances more simple for our users. We constantly upgrade own mechanisms but to make search querries even more relevant, we agreed about cooperation with Kuznech. We believe that new technologies will change search process of people in Odnoklassniki substantially” — Ilya Grabovsky, the press secretary of a social network told.

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  • The 20 Hottest Startups in Russia

    Previously defined by the way it cloned western companies, Russia is gradually becoming a place where its undoubtedly strong education and engineering standards are blending with original entrepreneurship.

    The Russian startup scene is buoyed by the impressive Skolkovo project, which already incubates more than 1 000 domestic and foreign startups from its campus in Moscow.

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  • A victory in a competition does not substitute for real business expertise

    As it happens, most of startups usually need money — to grow, pivot, add features, hire people, pay for server capacities and so on. There are plenty of ways for teams to get some funding, including «normal» venture investments, accelerators, loans, support from friends and family (and fools too, yes), grants, and various startup challenges. The latter is not the worst way to get money, as in this case you won’t have to cough up a share in your project in exchange; also, it brings — at least temporarily, — quite significant attention to the winning startups.

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  • Kuznech ready to help Internet users enjoy Web with «grasshopper’s eyes»

    Russian IT developers have created what might be identified as an image-focused search alternative to Google or Yandex. Inspired by Mather Nature’s sophistication in giving the grasshopper its uniquely rich eyesight, St. Petersburg-based Kuznech is said to have applied similar finesse to developing a technology that enables users to index and compare a host of images online. It’s not just for fun; the Kuznech technology has already brought about solutions that help shoppers find like goods in stores. With a few million dollars invested in the two-year effort, and with about $1.5m in external funding currently under its belt, the start-up focuses primarily on the vast US markets.

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  • What happens after you win a big startup competition? We asked 7 champions from major events

    Nowadays, every self-respecting conference organizer seems to add a startup competition to their program. Just look around and see for yourself, they’re everywhere. And it seems like these competitions never lack participants, be it fresh aspiring startups or seasoned teams that have raised Series B rounds.

    The winner takes it all — but what exactly does a winner of a startup competition take? We asked 7 teams about the results they got after winning a startup competition in 2012, what happened afterwards, and what a startup should keep in mind when entering a contest.

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  • Kuznech Wins IDCEE Startup Competition

    IDCEE 2012 start-up competition has been won by Kuznech, a Russian web start-up. Kuznech got EUR 15 000 cash prize. The other Russian startup Flocktory got the 2nd place and EUR 10 000 in cash. The Czech start-up realPad was named the 3rd at IDCEE 2012 startup competition and won EUR 5 000 in cash.

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