Magazine article Russian Life

Tagir Yapparov Entrepreneur

Magazine article Russian Life

Tagir Yapparov Entrepreneur

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Some might say that Tagir Yapparov, 38, is a typical self-made Russian businessman. But, in fact, he is anything but typical.

Born in 1963 in Ufa, Bashkiria, to a teacher and doctor, he graduated with special honors from his secondary school. Along the way, he developed a knack for working with radios.

Overcoming stiff competition (only 1 in 6 applicants were admitted), Yapparov entered the prestigious Physics Faculty at Moscow State University. In 1986 he went on to pursue post-graduate study in computer mathematics and cybernetics.

Yet, like many Russians entering the job market in the late 1980s, Yapparov quickly realized that, unlike in the USSR, one cannot easily support oneself on theories in New Russia--even if they are in the hard sciences like mathematics and physics. For a time he worked selling computers, but quickly tired of this. He yearned to make use of the precious learning he received at MGU.

On November 28, 1990, Yapparov threw in with his fellow institute alum, Igor Kasymov, and founded the company IT. The duo had no loans or privatized oil deposits. What they did have, however, was their intellects and those of a stellar group of "comrades-in-science." All were united by a burning desire to become masters of their destinies and to create a company developing its own high-tech products.

Yapparov and Kasymov pooled together R2,000 and set up their first office in Yapparov's apartment. There the two comrades began work on the concept of an automated bank. …

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