While its charming tourist spots and rich history are well-known, Ukraine also happens to be Europe’s bread basket as a software powerhouse. The rise of Ukrainian product companies in the international market speaks volumes about the country’s potential as a tech hub.
These are some of the products and technologies that have Ukranian roots:
A web-based service that helps to improve the quality of the writing by eliminating grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in English, Grammarly was created by Dmytro Lider, Max Lytvyn and Alex Shevchenko – all three, Kyiv natives, in 2009.
Today, Grammarly has nearly 6.9 million users per day. The company, valued at $13 billion, still has a giant office in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
Readdle is a mobile application development company based in Odessa, Ukraine. The company has a host of products that are available internationally, including two very popular apps; PDF Expert and Spark. It also builds the productivity tools and apps for Apple.
MacPaw was founded by the Kyiv native Оlexander Kosovan in 2008. The company develops apps to improve the productivity of Apple computers. MacPaw’s CleanMyMac app is one of the best-selling applications for cleaning up MacBooks. In 2021, the company announced that it was opening its own Apple Museum in the Ukrainian capital.
YouScan is a social behavior analysis platform powered by image recognition technology. It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyse brand sentiments. The major clients of YouScan include Nestle, Coca-Cola and Michelin.
Snapchat’s masking technology was the brainchild of the Looksery team, mostly working out of Odessa. They also have offices in Kyiv and Zaporizha.
Possibly the best-used payments platform in the world, PayPal has Ukranian roots. Co-founder Max Levchin was born in Ukraine to a Jewish family. He now runs Affirm, a company whose goal is to build the next-generation credit network.
WhatsApp founder Jan Koum was born in Kyiv and grew up in Fastiv, until he moved with his family to Mountain View, California at age 16.