Pavel Cherkashin

Managing Partner, Mindrock Capital

Pavel Cherkashin is a venture capital executive and entrepreneur with a successful track record of building billion-dollar companies as a founder, investor and board member.

Experience As the co-founder and partner at GVA Capital Pavel is leading fund’s effort to help outstanding entrepreneurs build profitable, lasting and category-defining IT companies.

Pavel was named “Angel investor of the year” in Russia in 2011 by RVC and “Russian Entrepreneur to Watch For” by Mashable, he was invited several times as keynote speaker at TechCrunch conferences, served on the venture board of Skolkovo Foundation and several other venture associations.

In 2009-2011 Pavel was with Microsoft, where he led Consumer & Online department in Russia. In this role, Pavel turned Microsoft Online Services into a profitable operation, introduced Windows Mobile platform and implemented the first consumer-oriented marketing strategy for Windows in Russia.

Previously in 2006 Pavel established and managed offices for Adobe in Russia & CIS. In 3 years his team had build sales, marketing and support infrastructure, including more than 1500 partners across 11 countries, increased sales more than 10 times and becoming “best subsidiary of the year” worldwide.

Earlier in his career, Pavel has founded several IT companies, including Sputnik Labs (leading CRM provider in Russia, now part of TechnoServ Group), AdWatch (leading digital agency, now part of Dentsu/Aegis) and Actis Systems (web-design and new media agency, now part of Wunderman).

Pavel graduated from Moscow State University with MA in computer analysis for satellite imagery and global ecology. He wrote more than 200 scientific and business articles.

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