Fort Ross Ventures Invests in Tech Firm Working on Robotic Process Automation

Russia-focused U.S. company Fort Ross Ventures has made an investment in multinational technology firm Kryon that is expected to boost the use of its automation solutions by Russian businesses, ComNews reports.

Kryon has developed a platform that comprises process discovery and robotic process automation (RPA) tools. The platform is used by companies including AIG, EY, Deutsche Telecom, Microsoft, Spanish bank Santander, Russia’s biggest lender Sberbank and U.S. telecoms conglomerate Verizon.

The investment of Fort Ross in Kryon, which operates from offices in New York, Atlanta, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv, is expected to promote the adoption of the platform in Russia’s banking sector, financial services, insurance, and manufacturing, according to a statement from Sberbank.

The deputy CEO of Russia’s biggest bank Lev Khasis is a member of Fort Ross’s advisory board.

Silicon Valley-based Fort Ross, which is mainly staffed with Russians, specializes in helping companies, mainly technology start-ups, to gain access to the Russian market.

Companies that have been helped by Fort Ross to launch the business in Russia include ride-hailing company Uber, mobile financial service provider Moven and information technology firm GridGain, all three being based in the United States.

Fort Ross has a new $235 million fund whose main purpose is an investment in financial technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and online marketplaces.