Grigory Bakunov joined the company in 2000 as a system administrator, later taking charge of the communication services development department.
Before coming to Yandex, Bakunov was the head of the development department at SWSoft (today known as Parallels), and worked under contract in various countries for a few months at a time. These projects included pattern recognition, audio content and sound, and digitalization of satellite data.
He has a weekly podcast called Radio-T, which he founded and presents. A successful entrepreneur, he has helped to raise interest in programming and frequently appears at conferences on internet technologies. He also invests in technology startups. Bakunov has contributed to the development of a range of open source software, including ASPLinux.