At 66 years old, factory owner and successful businesswoman Elizabeth Adeney is the oldest woman to have given birth in the UK. She became pregnant in 2009 after years of unsuccessful attempts via IVF. She had to travel to Ukraine to undergo another round of the $15,000 treatment due to her age; clinics in the UK do not treat women over 50.
The Biggest Tech Companies Are Already There
If you decide to open an office in Ukraine, you won’t be a pioneer. In fact, the Eastern European country already hosts teams from Boeing, Ericsson, Siemens, Oracle and Magento. Tech giants such as Snapchat, Opera Software and Wargaming operate offices in Ukraine as well.
The country also ranks among the world leaders in terms of outsourcing, holding the 24th position, according to the Global Services Location Index by A.T. Kearney. Moreover, 13 Ukrainian outsourcing companies made it into the world’s top 100 in 2017.
Hiring in Ukraine is what major brands are already doing. But not only that — Ukraine is home to a range of world-class product companies including Readdle, Grammarly, Jooble, Depositphotos, TemplateMonster, GitLab and others.
As Central European governments fight to block EU-mandated quotas of asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq, Ukraine has emerged as the region’s source of desirable guest workers.
Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, and Estonian governments have set up recruiting programs in Ukraine. Poland’s government is changing its laws to bring in more Ukrainians, adding to the 1.3 million who are already working there.
“CzechInvest and SlovakInvest opened offices here,” said Daniel Bilak, director of UkraineInvest, the nation’s new investment agency. “And they are not here looking for Ukrainian investments. They are looking for Ukrainian workers.”
On the pull side of the region’s push-pull equation, Central Europe is now Europe’s high-growth, low-unemployment zone.
Arber clothing (https://shop.arber.ua/) is my new favorite all-Ukrainian brand, together with Nova Poshta & Epi Center.
n 2015 potential real estate investors from overseas were largely pre-occupied with the war in eastern Ukraine and the ensuing financial crisis and falling hryvnia currency. In 2016, the chief concerns of foreign investors on Kyiv’s property market often revolve around Ukraine’s hard currency controls and ways to bring money into and out of the country.
Despite the imposition of tough currency controls, foreign investment in Kyiv’s promising residential real estate market is possible with proper planning and structure. In many cases, this will include obtaining qualified legal advice to help you structure your purchase. This article outlines basic strategies to legally bring hard currency into the country to purchase Ukrainian real estate. It also explores ways to expatriate rental income for properties owned by non-residents as well as expatriating the proceeds from property sales.
Turnkey Lender – a software-as-a-service (SaaS) fintech startup – recently closed a series A funding round worth US$2 million. Vertex Ventures was the only participant in the capital raise.
This is the company’s first institutional funding round. It had previously secured seed funding from SMRK VC Fund.
Turnkey Lender gives financial services providers a cloud-based solution for managing the loans that they give to their clients and customers. It uses machine learning technology to analyze and assess loan applicants.
I don’t know much about it. Two earlier attempts at Ukrainian crypto currencies, KozkCoin and UkrCoin both failed.
But this one seems viable. As of today, its total value is about $420k, which puts it at #419 on list 825 viable crypto currencies: https://coinmarketcap.com/all/views/all/.
To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.
Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform “unauthorized” repair on farm equipment, which farmers see as an attack on their sovereignty and quite possibly an existential threat to their livelihood if their tractor breaks at an inopportune time.
Founders Max Lytvyn, Alex Shevchenko are Ukrainain.
One of the most basic human activities, writing, is getting an assist from machines.
Startup Grammarly uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help improve people’s writing, from basic spelling, grammar and style to more advanced suggestions on tone and context-specific language.
The San Francisco company has been bootstrapped since its founding in 2009 but has now raised $110 million in its first institutional funding as it looks to expand and ramp up hiring. General Catalyst led the growth equity round with participation from Breyer Capital, IVP, SignalFire and Spark Capital.
The 110-person startup has grown rapidly since it became a free service two years ago—it now has 6.9 million daily active users and has been profitable since early on, according to the company. The app has 18,000 reviews and more than 10 million downloads on the Chrome Web Store.
The Ukrainian IT industry now employs 99,940 people — up from 89,300 last year — according to the latest report of DOU.UA, an authoritative industry resource. The figure includes programmers, QA specialists, project managers and other IT-related professionals.
Almost half of these professionals live in Kyiv (Kiev). Others are inhabitants of such other major Ukrainian cities as Kharkiv (Kharkov), Lviv (Lvov), Dnipro (previoulsy known as Dnipropetrovsk), and Odessa.
With its Ukrainian offices in Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Kharkiv and Vinnytsia, US-headquartered EPAM is the biggest employer in the industry. Among other industry leaders are such companies as SoftServe, Luxoft, GlobalLogic and Ciklum, if judging by the number of employees, says the report.
With monthly salaries reaching or exceeding $3,000 for certain specialties, remunerations in the Ukrainian IT sector are high or very high by local standards.
Women are becoming more interested in the field. This year the share of female specialists now reaches 15%, up two percentage points from last year.
Prominent Ukrainian capital investors and business angels discussed their algorithms for investing in Ukraine’s tech industry at the Lviv IT Arena conference on Oct. 1.
And all agreed that the process of investing, either in big tech companies or small startups, could be made simpler and easier if the government did its part by passing better laws and improving the economy.
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By Igor Kossov
KYIV — Ukraine plans to test locally-made military attack drones next year, according to President Petro Poroshenko and state defense giant Ukroboronprom.
Poroshenko called for “new, modern weapons to defend against the aggressor,” in a speech last week in Kharkiv. To that end, he said that a priority is to develop cruise missiles and attack drones.
Earlier, Ukroboronprom general director Roman Romanov told Poroshenko-owned Channel 5 TV station that armed UAVs are in development by state aircraft developer Antonov, a part of Ukroboronprom.
“This UAV model that we are making now at Antonov will be tested soon, I want to say next year,” said Romanov. “It’s designed to carry weapons, rockets.”
UKRAINE’S BIG DEFENSE INDUSTRY
Ukraine was the world’s 12th largest arms exporter in 2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Multiple requests for comment to Ukroboronprom and Antonov were not returned last week.
Talk of developing military drones had been circulating since the start of the conflict with Russia in 2014. Several light drone models, designed for recon and artillery targeting were designed by volunteer civilian engineer groups such as PeoplesProject and Army SOS.
Alexander Turchinov, the National Security and Defense Council Secretary, stated earlier this year that Ukraine’s military has a “huge demand for combat UAVs” and that production will be prioritized by Antonov.
Ukroboronprom unveiled the design of its first UAV in July 2015 and showcased the completed model in February. The BpAK-MP-1 Spectator, built by Ukroboronprom subsidiary Meridian and a team from Kyiv Technical University, is a light fixed wing recon drone that can be launched by hand and can carry an electronics suite with a mass of up to 1.5 kilograms.
JOINT VENTURE WITH POLAND
Future UAVs, possibly including the much larger attack drones, will have help from Poland. Ukroboronprom signed a memorandum of understanding with Polish developer WB Electronics SA in 2015. Among the MOU’s provisions was an agreement to cooperate on UAV production.
According to Ukroboron deputy director Arthur Kheruvymov’s comments to the media last year, combat drones may be part of the agreement. He mentioned that WB Electronics will help develop a machine with a 14-meter wing span that can find and destroy targets.
The MOU was broadened this year in September. In public, the Polish and Ukrainian sides were vague about what new agreements were reached.
Three separate drone developers at this year’s thirteenth annual International Arms Exhibit in Kyiv said that despite strong pro-UAV statements by military and Ukroboronprom officials, they have not seen real demand for their products this year. As a result, they are turning to the more lucrative civilian agricultural sector.
With reporting from UBJ Kharkiv Correspondent, Kate Sukhopleshchenko — email@example.com
For comments and news tips, please email UBJ Defense Correspondent Igor Kossov at igor.kossov@the ubj.com.
Photo: Poland’s WB Electronics displays its Fly Eye reconnaissance drones on its website. WB Electronics made a deal with Ukroboronprom to help it develop unmanned aerial vehicles. (supplied)
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