GigaOM recently reported AOL is considering spinning out CrunchBase, the TechCrunch database that has become a valuable source of information about tech startups.
Now a Russian equivalent site is hoping to grow its own influence, by taking American funding to go global.
For the new launch, it has just taken $3 million from New York-based early-stage digital media investor and incubator Black Ocean, which says it wants the site to showcase Russian tech startups to an audience of investors.
Black Ocean and Startup Afisha, led by CEO Marusya Podlesnova have not spelled out why the money is needed. After all, the whole idea is for the sites to be low-maintenance. According to the announcement:
Russia is a fast-growing internet market with the largest online population in the wider European area. Although the industry has been treated to the sight of Russian investment in firms like Facebook and Twitter through DST, Startup Afisha is also betting that western investors will regard the site as a qualified source of information about potential investments in Russia itself.