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Why Ukraine is so successful in software


The war in Ukraine has highlighted the important place occupied by this country in the world of software. Many users discovered on this occasion the Ukrainian roots of Spark, CleanMyMac, Luminar…

In the Apple ecosystem alone, there are at least four Ukrainian publishers of international stature with Readdle, MacPaw, Skylum and Belight Software. And that’s without counting the services born from Ukrainian developers who emigrated, in particular WhatsApp, co-created by Jan Koum, who grew up near kyiv. How can this influence be explained?

“During the time of the Soviet Union, most universities and institutes specializing in new technologies were located in Ukraine.explains Ivan Kutanin, CEO of Skylum. It is for this reason that there is a very solid technological training in the country. »

An unmistakable sign, the Small Electronic Calculating Machine (MESM), considered the first computer created in continental Europe, was invented at the end of the 1940s by the Russian Sergei Lebedev in Ukraine. This computer pioneer held the role of director of the Institute of Electrical Engineers in kyiv.

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