For 17 years (from 1995 up to 2012) Kirill Nikolaev was a successful IT entrepreneur. He collaborated with top-250 companies in Russia, including Gazprom, MTS, Shell, Nobel Biocare, Trust Kalina, Yota, Russian National Library, Saint Petersburg State University, Pyaterochka (X5 Retail Group), Sibneft (Rosneft), Baltika Breweries, Heineken, Lenspecsmu, and the consulates of Great Britain in Russia. Since 2013, after the successful sale of his business, Kirill Nikolaev has been running his M&A boutique N Capital, helping entrepreneurs in closing cash-in & cash-out transactions on the basis of capital market in Russia, Europe and America. He has been a sponsor of State Hermitage Museum since 2003. He graduated from Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance (Marketing) and studied Financial markets and Corporate finance in Yale University in New Haven, USA. In addition, he has been giving master-classes and leading educational programs in Skolkovo (Moscow), Stokholm School of Economics, Higher School of Economics and the national summer camp at Seliger (Russia).