CO-FOUNDER OF PETCUBE
CO-FOUNDER OF PETCUBE
He has turned his own problem into an international startup that is now helping hundreds of thousands of people (and animals) across the globe.
Initially, it was the “Internet of Machines”, when the network connected only powerful scientific and military centers. Next came the “Internet of People” – the system that allowed people across the globe to communicate and share ideas. Then came the “Internet of Things”, which gathered many items and gadgets online: from watches and navigators to toasters and fridges. And the next stage may be the “Internet of Animals”, which will closer connect them with humans. According to many researchers, the connection of animals to the network will be the next round of evolution of the digital world.
One of the leaders of the “Internet of Animals” is the Ukrainian company Petcube. As it often happens with successful businesses, it all started with a trouble. In 2012, Alex Neskin, from Dnipro, faced one of the most serious things that can happen to people – his dog was sad. At the time, Alex was professionally engaged in site development and collaborated with such major customers as Microsoft, Discovery channel, Kyivstar and X-Factor. And his dog was sitting at home alone and was suffering. He suffered so much that he spoiled things and barked about the house, and once the neighbours even called the police.
The founder of Live Animations, a company that transforms books into interactive adventures and creates augmented reality for customers around the world.
In his youth, Andrii Tymoshenko dreamed of being a military officer, so he enrolled in Kyiv Higher Tank Engineering School. However, he finally realized that he did not want to devote his whole life to doing it, and went into business.
Before creating Live Animations, Andrii managed to try his hand at other businesses 13 times. They were completely different, by the way: he rented apartments, repaired and let them daily, sold air purifiers, rented cars, and launched a factory for the production of machines for advertising and souvenir production (he developed the machines himself).
According to Andrii, he stopped doing some business because he was bored with doing monotonous job. So when one day he saw how augmented reality technology works, he realized that he wanted to try himself in this area. He initially offered to cooperate with the British company Zappar, but his partnership was refused. Then Tymoshenko decided to start a business from scratch.
Co-founders of Grammarly, the world’s leading spelling and grammar checker service in English.
Grammarly co-founders Oleksii Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn met and became friends in Kyiv while studying at International Christian University, where Americans provided tutoring in English. The friends noted that many students downloaded reports from the Internet, and as the boys themselves tried to study honestly, this practice somewhat embarrassed them. Therefore, in the early 2000s, they decided to develop a system for checking texts for plagiarism. At the time, it was a breakthrough idea, because such a service had almost no competitors.
In a few years, Shevchenko went to study in Canada, and Lytvyn went to the United States. They continued to develop their product remotely, turning it into a service called My Dropbox. It effectively tested texts for plagiarism, and that is why, it quickly became popular among numerous universities around the world.
An ideologist of the WhatsApp messenger that is used by over a billion people.
Jan Koum was born in a Jewish family in Kyiv. His father worked as a builder and his mother kept the household. Koum’s childhood was in the town of Fastiv and it was very poor – electricity and heating often did not function in the house.
So in the early 1990s, when he was 16, he moved with his mother to California. In the US, it was not easy at first: under the social support program, they got a small apartment, his mother got a job of a baby-sitter, and the teenager worked as a cleaner in a store.
But the immigrants were fortunate enough to accidentally settle in Mountain View, located in Silicon Valley. It was there where there were offices of the largest technology companies and the atmosphere of startups reigned.
Co-founder of the international PayPal payment system, which is used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Maksymilian Levchin was born in 1974 in Kyiv in an extraordinary Jewish family: his mother devoted herself to Physics and Programming and his father wrote poetry and prose. The son was named after his father’s literary preferences – in honour of poet Maximilian Voloshin. The future startupper loved technology from early age, and with his father he even belonged to the Kyiv sci-fi fans club “Star Trek”.
In 1991, when Levchin junior was 16, his family moved to the United States. After finishing Chicago high school, Max entered the prestigious University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated receiving Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
While studying, he took up technological startups. Later, Max mentioned that he had set up four companies at the university, including a developer service and advertising space. They all failed, but they gave the student an understanding of what he wanted to do – to create new products and develop them. Moreover, it is preferable to succeed.
He has discovered and introduced new methods of fluorescence cell research that are now being used around the world. The researcher in the fields of molecular biophysics, protein and membrane spectroscopy. He successfully developed new spectroscopic methods of analysis. He has taught and collaborated with universities in different countries and has one of the highest citation rates in Ukraine.
I am a native inhabitant of Kyiv, so I studied in a school of the capital. Then I joined the faculty of Physics at Kyiv National University, graduating in 1967. My future conscious life was connected to the Institute of Biochemistry, although I worked for some time in France and Turkey. After returning to Ukraine, I created a nanotechnology laboratory. And now I have retired so as not to be distracted, because it takes me a while to complete several research projects.
In particular, I plan to prepare the third edition of my book for scientists on fluorescence technologies. The first two were released by the well-known “Springer” publishing house, and now – by “Nature”. It is a pleasure that the book is on the list of the most successful books of this publishing house, of the best scientific books of the world.
He has discovered and researched rare XLPDR syndrome. As a result of his work, a new type of biomolecule was discovered and prototypes of drugs were developed for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases.
Born and raised in Lviv, he got his Ph.D. in Kyiv, and he lives and works in the United States. In addition to the discovery of XLPDR, he is actively promoting science, in particular, on the pages of his own blog. The author of researches on philosophy of science and theoretical biology.
As a kid, I dreamed of becoming an artist because I once saw a painter with an easel in the street and was amazed by the appearance of the painting on a blank sheet. Once in 6th grade, a biology teacher brought a microscope and a skin of onion to a lesson. Seeing the micro-world with my own eyes, I was no longer able to recover – and still cannot. I was amazed that there was a whole microcosm right in front of us. We do not see or feel it, but it surrounds us, fights with competitors and collaborates with symbiotes. It also controls our life and health.
In fact, we exist because cells, according to very simple rules, organize themselves into new-level structures – organisms that, in turn, are organized according to the same rules into groups, ecosystem populations. This is the same way that individuals organize themselves into work teams – in such an analogy the city will be an organism and the individual citizen – a living cell, a structural cog of the system. But we, humans, can negotiate and get organized. However, why are unicellular organisms also capable of such a super-organization? Unfortunately, we do not know it today.
He developed an important concept of dynamic domains in proteins and created an analytical theory of multi-ion simple grid diffusion.
Born in Kyiv, he is currently working in France. He is engaged in advanced research on the intersection of biology, physics and information technology, enabling the creation of new effective drugs. An active promoter of science and critical thinking.
At school, I was most interested in the natural sciences. I went to various competitions, got a gold medal of the international Olympiad in Biology. I had less interest in the Humanities. I am still sceptical of those who we call humanitarians. There is such a saying that a true humanitarian is a person who knows ten languages, but we call humanitarian anyone who does not cope with mathematics. My attitude to such “humanitarians” is biased.
As a rule, people accidentally fall into a particular field of science. When I started, I was already a rather good programmer, and my teachers directed me into the field that can be called “computational biology,” which I still do.
A Ukrainian scientist who is thanked by Nobel laureates. He envisaged important features of one of the key materials of our time – graphene.
He worked in many countries around the world, but returned to Ukraine. In addition to teaching and scientific work, he is actively fighting plagiarism and pseudoscience.
I was an excellent student at school. But then, a fairly typical story happened to me when an ordinary school student transferred to the one specializing in Physics and Mathematics – and stopped receiving high marks. But later, at university, I went to “excellent” again.
I could never even imagine being able to leave Physics. Therefore, in order not to change the profession, I had to change the country for a while. I left when Ukraine offered no opportunity to do science, I worked in South Africa, Switzerland, USA, Canada and Italy, but eventually I returned.
She works at the cutting-edge of stem cell research to combat rare brain diseases.
Born in Bila Tserkva, she is currently working on stem cell research at the Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology in Bonn, Germany. She got Bachelor and Master Degree at the Faculty of Biology of Taras Shevchenko National University, Department of Cytology, Histology and Developmental Biology. She specializes in cell biology. After that she moved to Germany to work on her doctoral thesis.
I have always had an “excel syndrome”: I finished school with a gold medal, graduated from MSc with honours. The fact is that learning has always seemed like a game to me – it is extremely interesting: to learn new.
For a very long time I could not decide what I wanted to become: my interests ranged from journalism to political science. However, from the 8th to 9th grade I was interested in scientific research and participated in the work of the Junior Academy of Sciences. My love for literature and the humanities has never disappeared, but professionally I do biology.