6 APPS ROOTED FROM UKRAINE YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW
Ukrainian apps might run in most of your daily digital communication, but perhaps you might not know about their origin.
Unlike many industries that experienced a decline, Ukraine's informational technology industry managed to persevere through the economic and political turmoil.
Though the Russia-Ukraine conflict must have impacted Ukraine, it is safe to say that Ukraine is the birthplace of some of the world's biggest technology brands.
Also known for its agricultural exports, the country has emerged its digital product to occupy today's space globally. However, not every worldwide user knows this, including Indonesian users. If you are one of them, here are some famous apps that we picked which were born in Ukraine.
Maksymilian Rafailovych "Max" Levchin is a Ukrainian-American software engineer. He was the co-founder of the company that eventually became PayPal. The global payment service was one of the pioneering companies to make digital payments. The company is aiming to build the next-generation credit network.
Whatsapp was actually founded by Ukrainian emigrant Jan Koum. Jan is a Ukrainian-American businessman and computer engineer. He was born in Kyiv and grew up in Fastiv, which now is used for Russia to start its military operation. Later, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19,3 billion (Rp 27,7 M) in 2014.
Grammarly is valued at $13 billion (18,7M) in 2021. The software developer behind the popular writing assistant is three Ukrainians--Max Lytvyn, Alex Shevchenko, and Dmytro Lider. As the title suggests, the software plus app is dedicated to helping people with grammatical and error-free content writing. Its largest headquarter continues to be in Kyiv.
Though Snapchat was created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, the masking technology of Snapchat was created by Looksery. Looksery is a company from Odessa in Ukraine. Led by Yurii Monastyrshin's team, all the filters that some of you are probably using from Snapchat are thanks to Yuri's team. Now, the company has offices in both the United States and Ukraine.
Mac users must be familiar with this product. CleanMyMac is the all-in-one Mac cleaner that removes excess and unnecessary gigabytes used from junk and malware. It was developed by a Ukrainian company, MacPaw, based in Kyiv. In 2021, the company announced that it will be opening the Apple Museum in Kyiv.
The software close to the heart of programmers, Gitlab was co-founded by Dmitriy Zaporozhets who lives in Ukraine. From his house, Dmitriy build open-source tools to help the teams of developers collaborate more efficiently in 2011. Organization giants like NASA, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, AT&T, and IBM are its users. Since its launch, GitLab has grown to hundreds of employees and raised $25,6 million.