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Russian Software Entrepreneur Draws Backing Through Specialty Offering

Excerpts. The Deal is a media channel of TheStreet.com

The Russian founder of a New York-based software startup called TransparentBusiness Inc. has drawn backing from Fortune 500 executives through a relatively new type of securities offering called 506(c) as part of an effort to raise $10 million this year.

Alex Konanykhin, CEO of TransparentBusiness, said he decided to reach out directly to accredited investors by purchasing ads in financial publications. One particularly bold ad includes the figure, 90,000%, with a question mark next to it.

Konanykhin said the ad speaks to the large market opportunity for his company's software, which helps governments eliminate fraud by verifying billable hours charged by outside contractors...

Thus far, TransparentBusiness Inc. has raised about $500,000 under the 506(c) offering plus an earlier round of about $1.5 million through a convertible offering. It's currently offering 10 percent of the company for $10 million, with a minimum investment of $50,000.

The company's investors in the convertible offering include: ... Javier Polit, CIO, Procter & Gamble ($100,000); Ken Arredondo, former President of CA Technologies and a TransparentBusiness. board member ($150,000); Jorge Titinger, former CEO of SGI ($100,000); Ximena Querol, CEO of Sector3 Social Venture Group ($125,000) and Andrew Winn, former portfolio manager at BarclaysGlobal Investments and now senior vice president of TransparentBusiness ($110,000).

One of the investors, Ken Arredondo, told The Deal he invested in TransparentBusiness and agreed to serve on its board of directors because of the company's strong management team and the huge market opportunity to increase transparency of outsourced contracts worldwide. He believes in the company's product and said it's unique.

"It's a Saas-based, easy-to-use tool," he said. "There are a lot of technology players out there that are a lot bigger, but none of them have what they have. There will be competition, but they have the product now. They have first-mover advantage.

Arredondo plans to keep his investment in the company for at least two to five years. By then, the company could be large enough for an IPO or a sale.

A 506(c) offering, unlike other private offerings such as private-investments-in-public-equity, or PIPE deals, don't carry the same restrictions around the marketing of private offerings. The 2012 JOBS Act laid the foundation for these offerings, to allow more public marketing around private offerings to stimulate investment and economic growth.

Konanykhin said some U.S. states are in the process of introducing legislation to monitor billable hours, which would mandate the use of TransparentBusiness's software as the only platform available to do this.

The passage of any of the bills would drive new business at the company, which uses block chain technology in its software to track billable hours.

Konanykhin has led the company since 2015, said the 506(c) offering and accompanying ads will help raise the brand profile of the company and help it reach out to more state and local governments.

It's not his first business, by a long shot. He was once known as the Russian Bill Gates as Russia privatized under Boris Yeltsin.

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Media About Alex

Washington Post:
Konanykhin, one of the first Russian millionaires after the fall of the commies, left in 1992 and was granted asylum here in 1999. He's built a very successful Web advertising business in New York City. He had been chosen "New York Businessman of the Year." "As such, you will be honored and presented with your award," NRCC chairman Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.) said, at a "special ceremony" April 1. " President Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are our special invited guests.
CNN:
Alex Konanykhin controlled Russia's largest commercial bank in the 1990s
Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Konanykhin was a whiz-kid physics student who became a pioneering Russian capitalist in early 1990s, building a banking and investment empire valued at an estimated $300 million all by his mid-20s. He was a member of President Boris Yeltsin's inner circle.
The Baltimore Sun:
Business whiz kid.
WJLA TV / ABC:
Russian Bill Gates.
The Times:
By the time he was 25 he was one of the most important figures in post-Communist Russia. But in 1992, while on a business trip to Hungary, Alex Konanykhine was kidnapped.
The New York Times:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation notified Konanykhin that Russian organized crime figures had paid to have him killed.
CBS "60 Minutes":
Alex Konanykhin didn't only have KGB after him… He had the FBI, the Justice Department, even the CIA all on his case, as a favor to the Russians, part of a deal to allow the FBI to keep a bureau in Moscow.
Los Angeles Daily Journal:
Representing himself through much of the process, Konanykhin managed to convince an immigration judge of an alleged INS and KGB conspiracy and cover-up. Following the court's admonishment, the INS agreed to drop all charges and also pay $100,000..The judge also ordered an investigation of the Justice Department. In separate actions, Konanykhine subsequently won multimillion dollar libel judgments against two Russian newspapers. A $100 million lawsuit against the Justice Department is pending, alleging perjury, fraud, torture and witness tampering by U.S government officers on behalf of the Russian Mafia.
Profit Magazine:
Imagine you are a teenage physics genius who quickly amasses a $300 million empire of real estate and banking ventures, has dozens of cars, six hundred employees, several mansions and two hundred bodyguards—but you are nonetheless kidnapped by those you trusted, threatened with torture and death, and have your entire empire stolen from you one dark night in Budapest. You escape with your life by racing through Eastern-block countries and flying to New York on stashed-away passports—only to have the KGB and Russian Mafia hell-bent on your hide and the U.S. government jailing you and conspiring to serve you up into their clutches. All this before your 29th birthday. Sound like a Tom Clancy thriller? No. . . just a slice in the life of Alexander Konanykhine.