Nicknamed “the Uber for parking,” this one-tap parking app offers access to “thousands of exclusive parking spots in both gated and open access areas.” Barking also allows its users to book parking spots in advance.
A chain-smoking driver talks on the phone while driving a beat-up car. His passenger is sweating, both because of the erratic driving and the absence of air conditioning – it’s either broken or not there at all. Until just a couple years ago, that used to be what an average taxi ride in Ukraine was like.
But things are changing now. Seeing the huge gap in the market for proper taxi services, tech companies that position themselves as “Uber-like” have started coming to Ukraine. The real star of the market – Uber, the most expensive tech startup in the world in 2015 – launched its services in Kyiv on June 30.
RND64, a US-based product company with Ukrainian roots, has introduced a new AI-powered gadget for a smart kitchen. Dubbed ‘Hello Egg,’ it is presented as a voice-operated kitchen speaker with a display and personality.
Your kitchen “eggspert” will “cue you in, cheer you up, and egg you on whatever you do in the kitchen. What’s more, you can literally talk to the “egg” and get emotional feedback, reports Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.
Ukrainian startup Futo overreaches crowdfunding target to design “the world’s most ultimate air mattress”
Futo, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based startup offering a comfortable twin XL-size mattress, has reached its crowdfunding goal of $15,000 within the first 22 hours after the launch at Kickstarter.
As of October 11, the startup had attracted $39,435 from 564 backers.
The mattress claims to take only 20 seconds to inflate. All you need to do is to open the mattress and catch the air around you “with a few simple movements.”
Taxify, an Estonian copycat of Uber, started operating in Ukraine last month, reported Ukrainian high tech blog AIN.UA. The service has already enrolled 20 drivers to offer rides in Kyiv (Kiev) after training at Taxify’s office.
While Taxify’s user interface and pricing are identical to those of Uber, the Estonian service takes a 15% commission fee on rides, well below Uber’s 25%.
The first edition of Odessa Indoor Positioning Conference will be held in Odessa, Southern Ukraine on November 1-2. Some 150 attendees are expected.
The conference will highlight technical solutions for indoor navigation in such fields as retail, entertainment, healthcare and transport with a strong focus on SAS-systems (Safety at Sea).
Last month PrivatBank, a major Ukrainian bank, launched a business incubator allowing entrepreneurs from all fields, including high tech, to jump start their business from scratch.
The incubator will operate as part of ‘Country of entrepreneurs,’ the bank’s national program for enterprise development and job creation. This program aims to create no less than one million jobs within two years.
Botkin.pro, which claims to be the first telemedicine service in Ukraine, started operating last month, as reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.
The service offer includes online remote medical consultations by videoconferences with an online appointment booking system. It is now available on desktop computers and Android-powered devices. An iOS app will be launched by the end of the year.
As municipal acceleration programs are getting more and more popular in Poland, Krakow’s KRK Road to Success is inviting young Ukrainian startups to join its program.
Together with Ad Ventures, the municipal authorities have opened a call for applications to their first batch of pre-acceleration program. These three days of intensive mentoring, meetings with investors and local startup community will take place in November.