Senstone, a Ukrainian-designed AI-powered wearable voice recorder, reached its fundraising goal of $50,000 just 36 hours after the launch of its campaign on Kickstarter. It has even been listed among the top 20 most popular projects in all categories.
As of today, Senstone has attracted nearly $63,000 from 677 backers.
Almost simultaneously earlier this month, Uber and its Russian competitor Yandex.Taxi announced their expansion to Odessa, a major city in southern Ukraine.
Both companies offer their services at the same minimum price of 14 hryvnias (roughly 50 cents at the current exchange rate). However, unlike Uber, which supports both cash and cashless payments, Yandex.Taxi accepts only cash payments.
Earlier this month Nielsen released its “Connected Commerce Survey,” covering different aspects of online shopping throughout the world. More than 30,000 Internet users were polled in 63 countries throughout Europe — including Ukraine, — Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East/Africa and North America.
Globally, more than 93% of the respondents say they already have an online shopping experience. In Ukraine, where Internet penetration reaches no more than 43%, this index reaches 91%, which is twice as much as back in 2011.
BrainBasket Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO dedicated to IT education, has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with a flexible goal to raise $50,000 for its national education program Technology Nation in two months.
“We want to demonstrate that Ukraine and its potential in IT is a global matter, as the future developments created by our graduates can benefit anyone in the world,” BrainBasket’s PR manager Andrii Petrunia told Ukraine Digital News.
The acquisition took place a month after US tech giant made its video offer available in Ukraine along with other 200 countries and territories around the globe.
Earlier this month SoftServe, a major IT outsourcing company headquartered in Lviv (Lvov), Western Ukraine, announced that it has acquired Coders Center, a privately-held enterprise technology firm headquartered in Poland. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed.
“Coders Center brings valuable experience in the implementation of enterprise content management systems, and this acquisition supports SoftServe’s strategy to strengthen our platform and cross-vertical industry expertise,” said Brian Borack, SoftServe’s COO.
Nova Poshta, Ukraine’s leading e-commerce shipping company, has teamed up with SF Express, a major Chinese logistics provider, to ship goods from Chinese online stores to Ukrainian customers.
The service was launched last month after a successful test period. In November, as part of the test, Nova Poshta had delivered more than half a million parcels and small packages from China, the company announced.
At the end of each year AIN.UA, the leading Ukrainian tech blog, offers its ranking of the country’s most successful startups. The ranking, based on a survey among local business angels and venture investors, features projects which were created or pivoted, over the past three years. Although they were created by Ukrainian teams, some of these companies have established their headquarters in another country.
This year’s ranking includes 10 startups, to which Ukraine Digital News is adding an additional list of companies which have drawn particular attention on the global high tech scene.
The Crimea prosecution office, whose role is to apply Ukrainian law in a territory which has been under Russian control since March 2014, has filed a lawsuit against Booking.com.
The company, which is incorporated in the Netherlands, is accused of “violating Ukrainian and international law, as well as sanctions, not only by cooperating with bandit self-constituted authorities, but also by advertising and letting book accommodation in Crimean hotels which were stolen from Ukraine.”