Dmitry Volkov's biography
Dmitry Volkov, co-founder of Social Discovery Ventures (SDV) was born on July 9, 1976 in Moscow. Due to his education in Russia and the US, his character successfully combines Russian Culture with the American entrepreneurial spirit. He began his career with a starring role in the Russian mafia blockbuster, and also with participation in dance performances on Broadway. At the age of 20, he founded his own company, with just $ 2,000 as seed capital. In 2003, Dmitry together with his foreign partners created a holding Social Discovery Ventures (SDV), which comprises more than 50 projects, including Shazam, site for searching travel companions TripTogether, dating sites (AsianDate, Zang), etc. Dmitry graduated from the historical and philosophical faculties of Lomonosov Moscow State University, holds three degrees – CSc in Philosophy, MSc in modern US history, Executive MBA in Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, and also has several certificates of Harvard Business School and Microsoft. Dmitry successfully combines business and personal interests. Thanks to his dedication to philosophy he became one of the founders of the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2010. This center promotes and supports consciousness researches and analytical philosophy in Russia. The philosophical expedition to the shores of Greenland, devoted to "the problem of free will in analytical philosophy", which took place in the summer of 2014, has become one of the most notable projects of the Center. The participants included such eminent philosophers and researchers as Daniel Dennett, Nick Humphrey, Andy Clark, Jesse Prinz, Derk Pereboom and David Chalmers. Dmitry Volkov is the author of several philosophical books, including the book "Boston zombies: Dennett, D. and his Theory of Consciousness," which was published in 2012. Being a great admirer and connoisseur of modern art, Dmitry Volkov supported the release of a series of albums "Contemporary Art", devoted to the works of Russian contemporary artists and their role in the context of the development of national and world culture. Dmitry’s numerous hobbies include aviation, heli-skiing and piano playing. He tries to devote time on a regular basis to each of these activities. Dmitry conducts stratospheric and aerobatic flights on sport airplanes and fighter aircrafts, loves memorable ski trips to unusual places (eg., Greenland and Kamchatka), and also plays piano with a jazz trio band every week. Dmitry’s projects include LoftMusic.ru, private lecture hall and mini concert hall, where interesting personalities including well-known artists, philosophers, collectors and "storytellers" meet together to share their interesting stories.