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Ternovskiy gets into a taxi. He has an appointment elsewhere. Buthe seems nervous as he types into his smartphone. He plans to takea trip in the coming weeks -- alone. Without Felix. The taxi stopsin front of a large embassy building. Tern

   Ternovskiy gets into a taxi. He has an appointment elsewhere. Buthe seems nervous as he types into his smartphone. He plans to takea trip in the coming weeks -- alone. Without Felix. The taxi stopsin front of a large embassy building. Ternovskiy is here to applyfor a visa -- for the United States.

Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan

Ternovskiy's head is filled with the things he was told at Milner'soffice before he left. We'll give you all the money you need, theysaid. What do you want in America? Taxes are lower here in Russia.And if you do decide to go, let us go with you. We'll put in touchwith the right people.

"The Internet is my world," says Ternovskiy. "It connects Moscowwith the West." His dream, he explains, is to own his own companyin Silicon Valley, the Californian high-tech region and thebirthplace of companies like Yahoo, Intel and Apple.

The young Russian worships Kevin Mitnick, a legendary Americanhacker who is said to have hacked into the US Defense Department'ssystems a hundred times. When Ternovskiy was eight years old, hismother noticed that he was spending time on hacker sites. At 15, hecracked the systems of the Moscow school authority and, posing as aschool principal, managed to obtain test documents.

Teenage Dream

Chatroulette is running on the other computer. The arbitrary danceof the Chatroulette chatters revolves around a struggle forattention. Anyone who appears dull or uninteresting is clicked awaywithin seconds. And Ternovskiy is working on keeping the "freaksand fuckers," as he calls them, off the site.

Ternovskiy is sitting at home in his small room, roughly 30 squarefeet large. Sparsely furnished, there is a table, a chair, twomonitors and no posters on the walls. He checks his e-mails on oneof the screens. In yesterday's e-mails alone, he has receivedalmost a hundred requests for interviews. He doesn't answer any ofthem.

But Ternovskiy doesn't sign with Milner straight away. He wants tothink about Milner's offer first. How much is his idea reallyworth? Some estimates put it at worth somewhere between €10 millionand €30 million. And should he join forces with a Russian businesspartner or with an American company?

Medvedev, who is an enthusiastic Internet user and occasionalblogger himself, is keen to break the American hegemony incyberspace -- an ambitious plan, particularly as the United Statesis home to many of the market leaders in the Internet economy. Thecombined value of Google, Microsoft and Facebook amounts to roughly$500 billion, or about a third of the Russian economy's annualoutput. So if Russia -- which has more than 50 million Internetusers and boasts one of the fastest-growing markets -- hopes tocatch up, then it will need to keep talents like Ternovskiy athome.

US or Russia?

In pursuing his business strategy, Milner could score points at thehighest levels in Russian politics. President Dmitry Medvedevrecently appointed him to a position on his commission to modernizethe Russian economy, together with four cabinet ministers andoligarch Mikhail Prokhorov, who is Russia's richest man accordingto the US business magazine Forbes.

Still, Milner is determined not to miss out on the latest onlinetrend. With his e-mail services and social networks, the Internetmagnate claims he already attracts 70 percent of allRussian-language page impressions to his sites. So far, he hasmanaged to outpace the foreign competition and Chatroulette couldbe the jewel in his crown.

Milner and Ternovskiy talk for an hour and a half. Themultimillionaire would like to go into business with the teenager,who hasn't been to school in weeks and is on the verge of beingexpelled because of his truancy. After all, Ternovskiy is abusinessman now. Milner wants to buy 10 percent of Chatroulette. Hewants Ternovskiy to name his price but the teenager simply stringsthe entrepreneur along.

About to be Expelled

In late February, the Russian entrepreneur announced that he wasinvesting another $1 billion in the American social networking Website Facebook, along with online businesses. He already owns morethan 5 percent of Facebook, which makes him the only majorshareholder that isn't American. His assets are estimated at about€500 ($680) million.

Felix the limo driver takes Ternovskiy to Moscow's businessdistrict, which is commonly referred to as Moscow City and which isthe Russian capital's answer to Manhattan. Here, on the 57th floorof a skyscraper, are the offices of Milner's company, Digital SkyTechnologies, or DST for short.

"You should invest now," Ternovskiy told his parents at the end oflast year, "because I'm expanding." They gave him the equivalent of€8,000 ($10,800), which he invested in the small server, currentlyhumming away under his mother's table. He also rents additionalcapacity in Frankfurt, Germany. But a lot more is needed to conquerthe World Wide Web, which is why he has agreed to meet withMilner.

Russia's Internet Tsar

Back in November, Ternovskiy still knew everyone who was using hissite -- he had originally developed it for himself and his friends.But strangers soon began to pop up on his acquaintances' screens,strangers from as far away as the United States and Korea, fromCape Town or Berlin. In early December, Chatroulette had 500 users.By January, there were 50,000. Now 1.5 million people visit thesite every day, Ternovskiy says. Representatives of Skype, Googleand Google's Russian competitor Yandex are courting Ternovskiy, asis Moscow Web magnate Yuri Milner. Felix, the driver of the blacklimousine, is taking Ternovskiy to see Milner.

It came to him one rainy afternoon last fall: , anInternet portal that worked more randomly than the average onlinechat function or Web-cam conversation. The site would assign userswho were chatting via online Web cameras, to one another randomly,and from all around the globe. A sort of human lottery, oncomputer. Although it was a novel idea, it has turned out to be onethat is not always appetizing. Alongside the young people who arecurious to chat with people in other countries and on othercontinents, the Web site also attracts an assortment of oddballsand exhibitionists.

A Human Lottery

Because Felix represents people who have money to spend. AndTernovskiy has what all people with money want: A brilliantidea.

In baggy jeans and with short brown hair, Andrey Ternovskiy, 17, isa notorious truant; he doesn't go to school as much as he should.And as he seats himself on the leather upholstered backseat of thelimousine, he wonders what the man -- Felix, with whom he has onlybeen in touch online and on the telephone -- will offer. A millionEuros? Or maybe three?

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A car with dark tinted windows rolls up to an ordinary-looking,lanky teenager in an ordinary neighborhood in northern Moscow. Aman in a black suit opens the door of the limousine. "Are youready, Andrey?" he calls. "We're interested in what you're doing.Jump in!"

Late last year, only 500 people were using the Web site that AndreyTernovskiy launched. Now Chatroulette gets around 1.5 millionvisitors daily. With Russian billionaires offering him cash andGoogle on the other line, the Moscow teenager has to make adecision: America or Russia?

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Winning the Human Lottery




















俄罗斯互联网沙皇-尤里.米尔纳(Yuri Milner)的青睐







去年秋天的一个雨天午后,这个莫斯科少年当下需要作出一个重要的人生抉择:去美国,一边是世界高科技天堂-美国硅谷和互联网巨头谷歌等公司的极力招揽,一边是俄罗斯亿万富翁争相提供的巨额现金投资诱惑,如今这个名不见经传的小网站每天吸引访客已高达150多万人次。现在,对比一下outpace。短短2个月时间,由俄罗斯17岁天才少年安德雷(AndreyTernovskiy)独立开发的随机视频配对聊天网站Chatroulette仅仅只有区区500多人光顾,英文翻译:本杰明 比德(BenjaminBidder)


2009 年末,英文翻译:本杰明 比德(BenjaminBidder)


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