Simpals

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Simpals (in English is spelled "sim-pals") - is a group of Moldovan companies which provides online services and has one of the largest animation studios. According to (Russian)Logos-Press, it is the leading company[1] on the online advertising market in Moldova and the owner of several portals with broad audience, including 999.md – the most visited local website. The area coverage of Simpals’ portals reaches almost 70% of the Moldovan internet.

Activities[edit]

Web portals

The firm owns 12 portals, 5 of them (999.md, point.md, play.md, forum.md, drive.md) being in the (Russian)top 10 most visited sites in Moldova. Simpals’ web platforms are visited by approximately 1.3 million unique visitors per month (over 70% of all internet users from Moldova).

Online advertising

In 2011, Simpals had 48% market share of online advertising (999.md, play.md, point.md, forum.md). According to this indicator, Simpals (Russian)is the leader. (According to (Russian)Logos-Press)

In 2011, Simpals launches Numbers – the first internet sales house, joining the most important platforms of the Moldovan internet.

Animation and computer graphics

Simpals owns of the largest animation studios of the country, which has a portfolio of more than 100 advertising videos and 3 animated short films. Since 2008, the studio works on the first Moldovan 3D animated long film – (Romanian)“Ţigan” (The Gipsy). In 2010, Simpals opened “The School of Monsters” (MONSTERS.MD) – a school of animation and computer graphics.

E-Commerce;

Simpals owns one of the largest online shops in Moldova999.md/Shop.

Venture investment;

In 2011, Simpals launches the first venture incubator – „Simpals Garage”.

The firm's customers include some of the biggest local and international companies and brands: «Orange Moldova», «Moldcell», «Nestle», «British American Tobacco-Moldova», «Microsoft» — Moldova, «Moldtelecom»(local telephony operator), «Efes Vitanta Moldova Brewery» (EVMB), «Lafarge», «Kraft Foods», «Хортица»(factory), «Audi», «Volkswagen», «Finlandia Vodka», «Procter&Gambell», «President».

The Prehistory[edit]

1999[edit]

  • The future founder of Simpals, Dmitry Voloshin, had registered the 999.md domain – the site that was the basis of the company and became (Russian)the most visited web portal in Moldova.

2000[edit]

  • Was launched the (Russian)Gsm.md platform
  • Was launched moldovanin.com. At this stage, the site is the Dmitry Voloshin’s personal webpage containing a portfolio with works and, in future become the company’s corporate website.

2001[edit]

  • Was launched the first Moldovan forum – the Forum.md project. A specific element of the forum became its format and the content generation system – UGS (User-generated content). The platform became unique in this area and offered the Moldovan internet users, the possibility to freely communicate on topics the interest them

The history[edit]

2002[edit]

  • On April 1, Simpals Company is officially registered by the founder, Dmitry Voloshin.
  • On November 14, Simpals Company is established in a new office. The number of company’s employees – 4 people.
  • Was launched the job market – Joblist.md
  • During the MTV Music Awards 2002, Simpals Company is awarded for the best special effects in the video of (Russian)O-Zone” band.

2003[edit]

  • At the “WebTop 2003” contest, Simpals gets (Russian)2 awards for economic development of the (Russian)999.md site.
  • Due to the development of the company, Simpals moves to a new office. The number of employees – 9 people.
  • Was launched the auto portal – Drive.md

2004[edit]

  • Simpals creates the online social platform (Russian)Yes.md, which became some kind of (Russian)symbiosis between the online games and nowadays social networks.
  • Forum.md becomes the internet-project of the year in Moldova and gets the award with the same title during the International Youth Day, celebrated in Chişinău.

2005[edit]

  • On March 23, Simpals moves to a new office. The number of employees reaches 18 people.
  • The daily chat is launched on (Russian)Yes.md.
  • During the (Romanian)"Tineretul în acţiune" (Youth in action) program, (Russian)Yes.md website gets the internet-project of the year award.

2006[edit]

  • On April 1, was launched the Point.md platform – the first informational search engine from Moldova. The portal is the official partner of Yandex Company, in its regional program.
  • On June 1, the (Russian)Yes.md project launches the first online non-reality show – (Russian)"Топка" (The furnace) [2] [3] [4].
  • On September 27, Simpals Company launches a unique project for Moldova – the “SMS-Market” newspaper.
  • Simpals Company got the first place award for (Romanian)the best advertising video: “Rock Festival Старый Мельник”, at International Documentary Film Festival – “Cronograf 2006”.

2007[edit]

  • Simpals Company has launched (Russian)Play.md – the first online television in Moldova. The portal hosts both own news materials made by a team of professional journalists and alternative video versions of the events filmed and posted by the users of the portal.
  • Simpals Company has finished working on Colegi.md portal. It became the first social network in Moldova.

2008[edit]

  • Simpals starts to work on the first Moldovan 3D animation movie (Romanian)“Ţiganul” (The Gipsy). (Russian)[5] [6]
  • Simpals creates the PointMessenger 2.0 software, which synchronizes all services of company’s interactive sites. The software is an analogue of ICQ.
  • December 21 – Simpals moved to a new office. The number of employees reaches 42 people.

2009[edit]

  • Simpals launches the “999” online shop, which allows the Moldovan internet users to purchase goods without leaving the house.
  • Updates the electronic map of Moldova – (Russian)point.md/Map. They worked on the new version along with “INGEOCAD” – The Institute of Geodesy and Cadastre. Simpals added the dynamic map – point.md/Map, on the Point.md portal, so the internet users can freely access the most detailed map of Moldova.
  • Simpals Company works on the video for the song “Hora din Moldova” sung by Nelly Ciobanu, who represented Moldova at the prestigious international song contest Eurovision – 2009. [7] [8] [9]
  • The animation studio owned by Simpals Company launches 3 animated short films in 3D, two of them [10] [11] having the winter holidays as a subject, and one of them [12]April Fool’s Day.

2010[edit]

  • Simpals is changing its office. The number of employees reaches 71 people.
  • Simpals Company inaugurates “The School of Monsters” (MONSTERS.MD – the school of animation and computer graphics.
  • Simpals opens in Moldova the representative of the International Club of the Mafia Game (MAFIA.MD). (Russian)[13]

2011[edit]

  • Simpals launches a real estate company – Imobil.md
  • Simpals launches the first venture incubator of startups in Moldova – “Simpals Garage”.
  • The “Simpals Garage” startup incubator is the co-organizer of the “Startup Weekend in Republic of Moldova” event. [14]
  • Simpals Company launches Numbers.md – the first internet sales house in Moldova.

2012[edit]

  • Simpals starts the process of unifying all its online portals in a single project.

Staff[edit]

The Administration[edit]

The Managing Director is Dmitry Voloshin; the acting Directoris Roman Stirbu.

Social activities[edit]

  • (Russian)“Мальчикам и девочкам посвящается” (Dedicated to the boys and girls) – the social project, in which Simpals helped the orphans from Moldovan orphanages. (2006, 2007, 2011).
  • (Russian)„Wерни Wетеранам Wеру " (Give a Faith to the Veterans) – social project for the veterans, developed by Simpals in partnership with (Russian)Forum.md portal. The projects exists since 2005.

Educational activities[edit]

  • “School of Monsters” – the school of animation and computer graphics. (MONSTERS.MD).

Interesting facts[edit]

  • In 2008, the director of Simpals was invited to visit Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, USA. Pixar representatives were interested in Simpals’ project – the “Ţigan” cartoon. (Romanian)[15]
  • Simpals made the first online video broadcast in Moldova (according to (Russian)Logos-Press).

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Russian)[1]

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