Nikolay Kononov (Russian: Никола́й Ви́кторович Ко́нонов, 15 August 1980 in Moscow, USSR) is a Russian journalist and writer. The editor-in-chief of The Firm's Secret. The author of three books: God without a car: Stories of 20 crazy people who made business in Russia from scratch (2011), Code of Durov. The real story of the social network "VKontakte" and its creator (2012), and Author, scissors, paper. How to write impressive texts quickly. 14 lessons (2017).
In 2002 Kononov graduated from the Department of Literary and Art Criticism and Publicism of the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State University. In 2003-2004 he worked as a reporter for the newspapers Izvestia and Stolichnaya Vechernaya. In 2004-2005 he was a special correspondent in the Expert. From 2005 to 2010 he worked as a columnist and editor in Russian edition of Forbes. In 2010-2011 he worked as one of the four senior editors of Slon.ru. In 2011 he returned to Forbes and took part in launching the website Forbes.ru.
In 2011 he published the book God without a Car: The Stories of 20 Crazy People who Made Business from Scratch in Russia (in 2012 the book was included in the short list of the literary award NOS). In 2012, the second book came out — Code of Durov. The Real Story of the Social Network "VKontakte" and Its Creator. The adaptation rights for it were obtained by AR Films, a company of Alexander Rodnyansky, but the film's release (first planned for 2014) was postponed until an indefinite period. In March 2014, The New York Times published a column of Nikolay Kononov, in which he summarized the further history of Pavel Durov and his social network.
From 2012 to 2015, he was the editor-in-chief of Hopes & Fears – the daily online newspaper about the new generation of entrepreneurs. After the latter had been merged with The Village, Kononov became the editorial director of Look At Media.
In January 2015, Kononov moved to The Firm's Secret as an editor-in-chief. Four key employees of the editorial staff followed him, and then almost the entire team of Hopes & Fears left. According to Kononov, a series of decisions by the holding management prompted him to quit: first – the merge of H&F with The Village, which meant closing the business online newspaper that raised a monthly audience of about 800 thousand people in a year and a half, and then – using a successful name for a new English-language lifestyle newspaper.
Nikolay Kononov was nominated for the title of journalist of the year by GQ Man of the Year 2015 Award.
In the spring of 2017 came out the third book by Nikolay Kononov Author, scissors, paper. How to write impressive texts quickly. 14 lessons dedicated to practical writing techniques for journalists.