Mobile Category: Mobile

Ukrainian leaf measurement startup ranked among “world’s 20 hottest startups”

Kyiv (Kiev)-based startup Petiole, whose mobile technology can perform plant leaf area measurements, has been ranked in the top 20 of the world’s hottest startups in 2015 by CNBC.

The plant leaf area is measured in less than one second. “This is 1,000 times faster than using graph paper and 100 times faster than scanning and processing leaf image in Photoshop,” the startup claims.

Beyond leaf measurements, Petiole has developed a recommendation system for precision agriculture. A data cloud service allows users to collect and process data, and shows dynamics of growth in an affordable manner.

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Canadian mobile solution provider acquires Ukrainian notification service Jeapie

Canadian mobile e-commerce solution provider Mobify has acquired Jeapie, a Ukrainian startup offering an advanced mobile notification service. The amount of the transaction has not been disclosed, but a Jeapie shareholder told Ukraine Digital News it was “a seven-digit number.”

In the nearest future, the Jeapie solution will be integrated to Mobify’s cloud-based Entreprise-SaaS platform for e-commerce, Jeapie’s founder and CEO Alexander Mikhaylenko told Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.

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Ukrainian camera flash iBlazr lands in Apple Stores

iBlazr 2, a flash add-on for mobile devices, is now available in 108 official Apple retail outlets in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

This technology has been developed by Concepter, a Ukrainian startup — a unique case so far in Apple’s retail network.

Manufactured in China, iBlazr 2 describes itself as “The World’s Most Ultimate Wireless Flash” for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and digital cameras (synced with native camera apps).

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Turkcell executive sees “huge potential” in Ukrainian telecom and IT sectors

Picture the scene: Ukraine in 2035 has become a hub of IT innovation, with some of the sector’s leaders having their gleaming new headquarters located in the high-tech capital of Kyiv (Kiev).

Seems far-fetched? Not to Burak Ersoy, newly appointed CEO of Life :), Turkcell’s subsidiary in Ukraine. “Due to its huge human capital in terms of IT development, Ukraine might give birth to national IT giants and become the Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe,” he told The Kyiv Post.

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2,000 TMT professionals from across Europe gathered in Kyiv to discuss industry issues and prospects

Earlier this month, TIM Ukraine 2015: Telecom, IT, Media, a two-day international conference, expo and meetup, was held at the exhibition center Acco International in Kyiv (Kiev). The event brought together 2,000 industry professionals (top managers, owners, investors, CTOs and CIOs) from 117 companies representing 9 countries.

These included Belarus, France, Germany, Georgia, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia, in addition to Ukraine.

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Restaurant booking app Settle completes $1.5 million round, launches in US market

Ukrainian startup Settle has completed the round of funding which it initiated earlier this year to commercialize its mobile booking and payment service for restaurants in the US market.

The company — which initially hoped to deal with US investors — raised $1.5 million in total from SMRK, a Kyiv (Kiev)-based fund, and Alexander Chernyak, a startup entrepreneur operating in the USA, Russia and Ukraine, as reported by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA.

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MacPaw and the Ukrainian app revolution: From passionate student to successful entrepreneur

Oleksandr has been an Apple fan since he was a student. In the middle of the first decade of the 2000s, earning only 200 hryvnas (about 20 dollars) a month, he couldn’t afford much. In one of computer shops in Kiev he was attracted by the desk-lamp-like iMac G4, but figured that he could only afford the Apple keyboard that went with it.

Oleksandr’s father and brother — like many Ukrainians — emigrated to the West, to Paris. Thanks to their support and his own savings, Oleksandr bought a PowerBook. At that time he was probably the only student at Kiev Polytechnic who was working on a Mac. He remembers that lecturers were glowering at him, since he was the only student who was taking notes not on paper, but on his laptop. Oleksandr’s diploma work was done on the Mac — a neural network app using image recognition to register the state of water meters.

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‘Ukrainian Uber’ claims 7,000 users, secures angel funding

WinTaxi, a Ukrainian copycat of Uber, has received an undisclosed amount of funding from Evgeniya Dubinskaya, reported last week tech blog AIN.UA. The business angel has received a minority stake.

The startup, which claims to have registered 400 taxi drivers and 7,000 users since its launch in spring, will use the money to develop new functionalities and relaunch its mobile app.

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Snapchat acquires Ukrainian technology Looksery in reported $150 million deal

Yesterday Snapchat announced the launch of “Lenses,” a new feature that enables users to create a variety face effects while making selfies. These augmented reality filters will allow you to change eye or skin color, alter your face to remove blemishes or look thinner.

Behind these new types of avatars is a technology developed by Looksery, a startup originated from Odessa, Ukraine, with offices in San Francisco.

The startup itself has been acquired by Snapchat with Looksery’s team joining the company. The details of the transaction have not been disclosed, but AIN.UA, an authoritative Ukrainian tech blog, heard it amounted to “around $150 million.”

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Giant investment firm CIG invests $1 million in Israeli startup Kidoz

In early August Chernovetskyi Investment Group (CIG), an investment company backed by businessman and former Kiyv (Kiev) mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi, contributed $1 million in a funding round secured by Israeli startup Kidoz.

The round also involved several other investors, according to a CIG announcement reported by the Ukrainian media. However, neither these investors’ identity nor the total amount of the transaction were disclosed.

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