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Gbooking (an English version available here), a Russian service founded in 2010 which offers a web-based platform for search and booking services, announces that they have raised $1 million (750,000 Euro) in new funding from investors Igor Ryabenkiy, Pavel Cherkashin, Konstantin Siniushin, and unnamed Israeli investors. For Ryabenkiy, this is the second reported investment today, as his Altair Capital just invested in Zet Universe. Last spring, Gbooking relocated to Providence, Rhode Island, USA to become a member of the Betaspring accelerator and then in November 2012, they announced a partnership with the Yandex Maps service, through which they are able to offer their booking service. In May of this year, the company made further news when they became a member of the Skolkovo Foundation.
Founded by Alexander Naslednikov, Alex Frenkel and Fadi Karkaby, Gbooking offers a widget which can be integrated into search engines, discount sites, and online yellow pages. The main benefit of the service is integration of the service advertisement with the booking mechanism that allows interested parties make a booking at the time of seeing an ad or a discount online.
Through the widget, service-oriented companies can offer discounts, manage orders placed through the internet, add/remove employees and customers, and access a choice of special services based on the “taxonomy” of their particular business, among other features. For their part, customers can find information about the business like operating hours, location, discounts and can book appointments.
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