The Youth Public Chamber unites young people with a “unique success story”. Each of them has achieved incredible heights in consequence of their professionalism, will and leadership qualities.

Shpilman Felix Mikhailovich

CEO, Ostrovok.ru
Date of Birth: 02 October 1985
Age: 37

Education

University of Southern California

Felix graduated from Marshall Business School at the University of Southern California, where he studied business strategy, and received degrees in Finance and Strategy.

Professional activity

General manager

Ostrovok.ru, 2017 - present

Partner

Start Fund, 2011 - present

Executive Director

Ostrovok.ru, 2013 - 2017

Investment management

DST Global and DST Russia (later renamed into Mail.ru Group), 2008 - 2011

Investment banking

Citigroup, Moscow, Russia, 2007 - 2008

Summer Program, Analyst

Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, 2006 - 2006

Junior analyst

UBS Private Wealth Management, LA, USA, 2005 - 2006

Internship

Northrop Grumman, SonyConnect, 2005 - 2005

Professional achievements

Since January 2017, he has been CEO of Emerging Travel Group (manages brands Ostrovok.ru, B2B.Ostrovok.ru, ZenHotels.com, RateHawk.com). Felix joined the company as VP of Strategy in April 2013. In 2014, he took up the post of executive director of the company. While in this position, he reviewed all commercial, operational and financial processes and business functions. Becoming CEO led the company to profitability - with a growth rate of + 50% compared to the previous year. Today Ostrovok.ru is the largest online travel company in Russia.

Prior to joining the Ostrovok.ru team, Felix was a co-founder and general partner of Start Fund, a San Francisco-based fund that finances early stage startups. The fund has invested in over 400 projects. Significant investments with Felix's participation were projects: Uber, Gusto (fka Zen Payroll), Lendup, Instacart, Evernote and AngelList.

Prior to that, Felix worked at DST Global and DST Russia, where he was one of the first employees (later renamed Mail.ru Group). At DST Global, he was part of a small investment team that has invested in Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, ZocDoc and Spotify. At DST Russia, Felix was responsible for managing the

fund's investments in the VKontakte project (the largest Russian social network) and Qiwi (the largest payment service in Eastern Europe, listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange).