Some of the biggest state-owned and private companies in Ukraine stopped functioning on the afternoon of June 27 due to what appears to be the biggest-ever ransomware attack in the country’s history.
A new outbreak of ransomware known as Petya that has been active since spring 2016 hit computers across the globe, but Ukraine was apparently hit the hardest. The virus blocked the computer networks of Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, telecom companies, banks, postal services, big retailers, and government bodies
Last month Mobile Beach Conference, which presents itself as Europe’s biggest mobile marketing event, held its third edition in Odessa, southern Ukraine.
Some 1,000 attendees from 29 countries participated in the event, which targeted marketers, app developers, startupers, investors, advertisers and publishers.
SendPulse, an AI-powered email marketing service provider, announced it had acquired its Turkish counterpart Mailto in late May. Although the amount of the transaction has not been disclosed, SendPulse’s co-founder and CEO Constantine Makarov told Ukraine Digital News that Mailto has been valued at $300,000.
“As we are focused on the emerging and fast-growing markets, Turkey is a key market for SendPulse. We are planning to enter Mexico and China soon,” commented Makarov.
Earlier this month Igor Smelyansky, the CEO of Ukrainian Post, announced that the national postal operator started testing Berlingo Electric, Citroën’s electric vehicle, for its delivery fleet.
As announced at the beginning of the year, Ukrainian Post expects electric cars to deliver up to 15% of parcels in Kyiv (Kiev) by 2018 and roughly 40% of parcels across Ukraine by 2021.
Earlier this month DroneUA, a Ukrainian integrator of unmanned technologies, attracted an undisclosed amount of funding from several individual investors from the UK, Poland and Moldova. The investment went through Agricultural Systems Studio, a Kiev-based agritech software integrator which represented the investor pool.
The funding will be used to create what the investors hope will become the largest provider of unmanned technology services for agriculture in the country.
The collection features 40 Mac computers from each generation which not so long ago belonged to a legendary Manhattan-based repair shop Tekserve. The shop used to be so famous that it was even featured in the series “Sex and the City” as an illustration of the Manhattan lifestyle.
The Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) has just released its venture capital and private equity overview, a report that features data about angel, venture and private equity investment deals involving companies in Ukraine, or with strong Ukrainian roots, in 2016.
According to the study, 2016 saw the highest number of investment deals since 2010. There were 87 deals in total, which is 32% more than the previous year.
People.ai, a startup which has developed an AI-based predictive tool for sales managers, has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, TechCrunch reports. The startup will use the funding to scale out its product and sales teams, and engage in more enterprise-focused R&D.
Index Ventures and Shasta Ventures also participated in the round, alongside existing investors Y Combinator and SV Angel.
Two weeks after the Ukrainian authorities banned leading Russian Internet sites as part of sanctions affecting 468 Russian legal entities, Yandex announced that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) conducted searches at the company’s offices in Kiev and Odessa.
Yandex.Ukraine management and employees are accused of having gathered personal data of Ukrainian users and transmitted them to Russian security services.
More than one in four Ukrainian online shoppers bought smartphones and mobiles phones in the first quarter of this year, the Ukrainian Retail Association reported, citing a research released by local e-commerce platform Price.ua.
With nearly 5% of online consumers buying them, car tyres were the second most popular category. TV sets (4%), tablets (2%) and laptops (2%) completed the list.