Since President Dmitry Medvedev sent his first tweetfrom Twitter’s headquarters during his landmark trip to Silicon Valley one year ago, US-Russia collaboration in technology and innovation has surged.
As the Consul General of the Russian Federation in San Francisco, working at the gateway of both Russia and Silicon Valley, I’ve been witnessing many new bridges being built to connect American and Russian high-tech companies, universities, and investors.
Among them is a new Bilateral Presidential Commission working group on innovation, which has just been created to enhance collaboration between Russia and the U.S. and promote a shared innovation agenda.
Another example is the Russian Innovation Center, representing Rusnano, Russian Venture Company, and technology hub Skolkovo, that opened recently in Silicon Valley to give U.S. investors and venture capitalists direct access to opportunities in Russia.
President Medvedev’s visit to Silicon Valley was a good illustration of Russia’s commitment to further modernize and meet its real technology potential. Learning from the experience of Silicon Valley, Skolkovo is beginning to play a key role in developing Russia’s innovation ecosystem and providing world-class investors, talent and institutions with the access and resources they need. The Russian technology hub now counts Intel, Microsoft, Cisco Systems and Boeing among its partners, with over a billion dollars already committed.
There are already many success stories in Russia.