Rustam Gilfanov is an IT entrepreneur, a co-founder of a large IT company, and a venture partner of the LongeVC Fund.
Rustam Gilfanov was born on January 6, 1983, in the village of Basim, Perm Province. The future businessman’s mother worked as a teacher, and his father was military. As a child, Gilfanov was interested in mathematics and science fiction.
After graduating from high school, Rustam Gilfanov enrolled at the Udmurt State University. The future IT business star received his Degree in Law in 2005, later post-graduating in Arbitration Management. As a student, Rustam Gilfanov took an active part in various events and conferences.
Gilfanov studied in university at the time the Global Network was developing actively. During his undergraduate studies at the Department of Law, the future investor showed keen interest in information technology, which eventually brought him to the idea of establishing his own IT startup company. But first, Gilfanov had gained a lot of experience in working on several unique international IT projects. Rustam Gilfanov’s thorough knowledge of Law helped him in his self-confidence at that time.
Having enlisted his partners’ support in 2006, Rustam Gilfanov announced a foundation of a small IT company that has by now deserved the reputation of one of the leading software developers in the financial, gambling, and marketing sectors. His company has created over a hundred unique game apps and opened branches in Malta and Cyprus, working productively in Ukraine and Latvia at the same time.
Since the company’s foundation, Rustam Gilfanov saw in his brainchild a new format of modern entrepreneurship. His company has mainly concentrated on providing high-quality support for young talents and creating the most comfortable conditions for personnel development. In five years, the company was employing 1,000 professionals, providing them with maximum opportunities for actualizing their work potential.
Rustam Gilfanov is a philanthropist and constantly integrates various projects of developing corporate social responsibility in his IT company. The company maintains a particular focus on initiating educational projects for the youth.
One of Rustam Gilfanov’s most famous charity projects is LakiBuks, co-founded by the ‘I Am the Future of Ukraine’ Foundation. The project’s primary goal is to support talented authors and popularise teenage non-fiction in Ukrainian.
They announced LakiBuks at the Book Arsenal Festival in 2017. A year later, the project became a partner in the children’s program of that most notable Ukrainian book festival. LakiBuks has toured numerous cities in Europe as well as in its native land.
LakiBuks has its roots in the cooperation among several children’s libraries located in Eastern Ukraine. To date, it already boasts 200 libraries across the country. One of its particularly notable achievements is the distribution among the libraries of over 5,000 copies of teenage pop-science books in 2018. The South and East Ukraine libraries were the first to receive the copies since Ukrainian non-fiction literature is in a particular undersupply in those regions. Rustam Gilfanov calls LakiBuks one of his most personally valuable projects.
Another significant enterprise actively supported by Rustam Gilfanov was the maximum possible restoration of Kyiv Children’s Library to transform it into an innovative library hub, the idea implemented in collaboration with the Maybutnyy Library Project. The renovated library has a computer lab and holds open lectures read by the company’s top employees. Initially conceived as a one-off project, it has now spread over the entire country.
Rustam Gilfanov has long been actively cooperating with the famous ‘I Am the Future of Ukraine’ Foundation, sponsoring its numerous social enterprises. Apart from that, the businessman provides financial support for single mothers and families in crisis.
Private Equity Financing
Rustam Gilfanov has recently announced quitting his executive activity to concentrate on financing the most attractive, for him personally, IT projects in the live-streaming, financial technologies, and the recently-activated gaming industries. Currently, Rustam Gilfanov is a venture partner of the LongeVC Fund.