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From Russia, With Robotics

Dmitry Grishin knows a lot about the virtual world, serving as CEO of Mail.ru , a Russian social networking and games website worth more than $6 billion. But when the 34-year-old decided to start his own company on the side, he opted instead for something far more physical -- robots -- stemming from his own childhood passion for playing with construction sets.

Last year, Grishin set aside $25 million to found Grishin Robotics, which invests in companies creating consumer robots.