Yandex is a Russian multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. Yandex operates the largest search engine in Russia with about 60% market share in the country. It also ranks as the fourth largest search engine worldwide after Google, Bing, and Baidu.
Yandex has been expanding its operations beyond Russia. In February 2014, Yandex acquired a controlling stake in the Russian social network VKontakte. In May 2014, Yandex acquired the Israeli startup Navitel, a developer of mobile GPS navigation software. In July 2014, Yandex announced the planned launch of a research and development office in Berlin, Germany.
In December 2014, Yandex opened a data center in the Netherlands. In 2015, Yandex announced plans to open data centers in Switzerland and Singapore.
DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by deliberately showing all users the same search results for a given search term.
In March 2014, the Wall Street Journal said that Google was concerned about DuckDuckGo’s growth, and that DuckDuckGo was “gaining ground” as a search engine that “doesn’t track users”. In January 2015, Forbes named DuckDuckGo as one of “The 100 Greatest Websites of 2014”, and in 2017, PC Magazine ranked DuckDuckGo as the best alternative to Google Search.
Grubhub is an American online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace that connects diners with local restaurants. The company was founded in 2004 by Matt Maloney and Mike Evans.
Grubhub went public in April 2014, and in 2017 it acquired the food-delivery service Eat24 for $287.5 million. In March 2018, Grubhub announced it had acquired Tapingo, a food-ordering app for college campuses, for $150 million.
In July 2018, Grubhub announced plans to acquire UK-based Just Eat in an all-stock transaction valued at $7.3 billion.
The Financial Times is an English-language international daily newspaper headquartered in London, with a special emphasis on business and economic news. The paper was founded in 1888 by James Sheridan and Horatio Bottomley, and merged in 1945 with its closest rival, the Financial News (which had been founded in 1884).
The Financial Times has an average daily readership of 2.2 million people worldwide (PDF), 80% of whom are digital subscribers (as of March 2018). FT.com has 4.5 million unique visitors per month, making it one of the world’s most popular news websites.
In 2017, the FT received more nominations than any other news organization in the British Press Awards, with a total of 27 awards.
Yandex, DuckDuckGo, and Grubhub are all companies that have been growing in recent years. Each company has its own unique story, and each one is worth watching in the coming years. The Financial Times is a trusted source of business and economic news, and it is clear that these companies are on the rise.
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