Russian ad tech provider GetIntent enters Ukrainian market

GetIntent, an international programmatic technology solution provider with Russian roots, is coming to Ukraine, Russian tech blog Firrma reported last week. The company will offer its solutions on the Ukrainian market via a local partner, Programmatic Media.

Founded in 2013 by Russian mathematicians George Levin and Vladimir Klimontovich, the company moved its headquarters to New York city one year later, while keeping its development center in Moscow.

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US computer data storage company launches R&D activities in Ukraine

Earlier this month Violin Memory, a Silicon Valley-based company based that designs and manufactures computer data storage products, announced a strategic partnership with GlobalLogic, a leader in digital product development services.

The GlobalLogic engineering center in Kyiv (Kiev) has already begun working with Violin Memory on software QA. Operations will be expanded to other areas of product development starting from this month, according to Violin Memory’s press release.

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Ukrainian railways company to sell tickets via smartphone app

Ukraine’s state railway network administrator, Ukrzaliznytsia, plans to develop its own mobile application to sell train tickets, its chief executive officer has announced.

CEO Wojciech Balczun said during an Aug. 10 meeting with representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce that Ukrzaliznytsia plans to launch an Android app to selling railway tickets by the end of 2016, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

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Playtika acquisition: 600 Ukrainian IT specialists to work for Chinese investors

Last month a consortium of Chinese investors led by Shanghai Giant Network Technology Co. agreed to acquire Playtika, the social and mobile gaming branch of Caesars Entertainment Corp., in an all-cash deal of $4,4 billion.

Almost half of Playtika’s staff — 600 out of 1,300 employees operating globally — work in Ukraine, noted Ukrainian high tech blog AIN.UA.

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Hewlett-Packard’s corporate venture fund eyes Ukrainian startups

Last month HP Tech Ventures, the venture arm of the US computer company launched in May, joined the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA).

The fund has not opened an office in Ukraine, but has appointed Vitaliy Golomb to represent its interests in the country. The fund is “delighted to support the growing startup ecosystem of Ukraine,” stated Golomb.

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Nova Poshta improves e-commerce deliveries from US online stores to Ukraine

Last week Nova Poshta, Ukraine’s leading e-commerce shipping company, launched ‘NP Shopping,’ a mail forwarder service allowing Ukrainians to make purchases in more than a hundred US online stores.

Ukrainian online shoppers need to enter product reference data on the NP Shopping website. The item will be delivered within just five days.

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CallPage secures $500,000 from Polish investors

Last month CallPage, a Polish startup with Ukrainian roots, attracted $500,000 from Polish venture fund bValue and a few individual investors. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

CallPage helps commercial sites convert page views into inbound sales calls through immediate callback to the real phone numbers. Thus, the startup claims that its clients may “gain 75% more calls, conversion, leads and deals.”

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How American-Ukrainian startup People.ai is making its way in Silicon Valley

“American-Ukrainian startup People.ai is emerging from stealth,” writes TechCrunch in an interview with this startup’s Ukrainian founder, Oleg Roginskyy.

People.ai’s solution helps sales person benchmark their skills, track their improvement and receive personalized advice to become “sales rockstars.”

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Crimea maps scandals: Google offends Russia, then Ukraine

A controversy sparked last week over Google’s decision to change the names of Crimean settlements appearing on Google Maps, in accordance with the Ukrainian authorities’ “decommunization” campaign.

In May 2016, the Ukrainian parliament renamed 70 settlements in Crimea, mostly choosing names of Crimean Tatar origin. Thus Krasnogvardeyskoe (‘Red Guard’) became “Yany Kapu” while Sovetskoe switched to “Ichi.”

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Ukrainian companies invited to Berlin to discuss EU-Ukraine e-commerce

The Embassy of Ukraine in Germany is inviting Ukrainian companies to attend “#EU-Ukraine,” an event dedicated to e-commerce trade between Ukraine and the European Union, which the embassy will host on September 1.

The event seeks to show the potential of the Ukrainian e-commerce and online market powered by the Ukraine-EU association agreement, which was signed in 2014 and came into full force in January 2016.

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