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4-01-2017, 08:34

First time in Israel I was in 2001 when they were just starting to build their venture industry.
It was the year when there was a big crash in America. They thought that to do with Israel. Because the technology sector was in its lowest point. I then saw a country that really was... while they were bombed, they were sitting in the bunker in the hotel for the annual meeting of the venture Association and decided what to do with Israel. For them it was a matter of survival.
They saw that they started to turn. They saw the first companies that started to break into the American market. It became our business concept of "Israeli model" where a company begins at home, then open an office in America, attracted investment and from there the company began to continue to build. They came out a few of these stories and they began to build an entire industry.
I learned that about 700 thousand people with engineering qualifications from the Soviet Union arrived in Israel. For seven million Israel 10% of the population – people who have such a background. And so they thought how to use these brains in order to build a global company from Israel. What we have today? For 15 years we have the fact that last year, Israel attracted 11.4 billion dollars of foreign investment. $ 3.5 billion – that was the only venture capital investments. And venture capital industry in Israel started with a small Fund of the state.
This program, which brings together public money with private international. They created a joint Fund and put into office people who know how to engage in venture investments. It was 97, 98, 99. They then talked about the fact that they started to turn. They started with this. Then the state share in this Fund were sold to private funds. But they did it. Because today in Israel, a few dozen venture capital funds. If 15 years ago everyone wanted to become an exporter of oranges, today in Israel, every second makes your startup.
Because only for the first half of this year was 64 Ekiti. Moreover, the average check was $ 100 million. This means that 5-10 people get some share when exit. For small Israel, a common situation over the last 15 years, when someone sold his company and then they start a new one. When people talk about Israel as the startup nation, it is not all seriousness. Because that's where everyone involved in a startup. This was the implementation of their national ideas.
First invested in the technology sector only in order to protect themselves. Israel is very famous for heavy hardcoree and hardverski developments because they were associated with. With military use in particular. But they began to build other companies, using technological background. And if there are Parallels between Israel and Ukraine, we have the same thing, only we for these years have not learned to use scientists and engineers to the extent that managed them. We can say that they have a venture capital industry started earlier than us. But for me, Israel is an example of that in Ukraine could be built over these 15 years.
Today we also have our own eco-system. But if you look at the numbers, we drew last year $ 11.7 billion of investment. Due to what? Because there are people in the government and in the private sector was one mission – to protect Israel and to make it a joint effort. And so, as state officials promote Israel, it is possible to learn all officials in the world. There are people that are really attracted 300 international companies that began to build there development centers, open offices. They did, for they traveled around the world and invited them to his country. Because there are people who can work, and second, they've created certain tax incentives for international companies. That is an international company could come and sign an agreement with the government. They have a separate office of the chief scientist, the international businessman, large and small, can come to him fully and create all the conditions for construction of technological business in Israel. There all the processes are sharpened only around it.
The result of a government official depends on how well he managed to attract some company. And not only to attract but also to provide various services to the company were comfortable in Israel. There's the whole eco-system runs on two things. Everyone wants to launch a startup, because he sees that the neighbor did it. Here we are like the Israelites.
Therefore, it has become a social competition of the nation, when they began to compete among themselves who will be more successful in building companies. Secondly, you need to understand that over the years they have built a bridge to Silicon valley. Because a lot of Israelis went there to build your business. But it is very important that they come back and invest in Israeli companies. And in 15 years they built a bridge associated with the promotion of Israeli startups in the us market.
Unlike Israel, Ukraine is the only country in the world where venture capital and it industry was created entirely by the participants themselves, i.e. the private sector. Unlike Israel, which received an initial impetus and assistance from the state. We have already passed this stage. The key point to work with the government are conditions for conducting technology business in the country. When I was in Israel, I have not heard that someone took out the servers of the offices, I have not heard that there were some claims of tax to these companies. When they realized at the highest level that they need to create better business environment, primarily in the technology industry in the country. And KPI of each official is that they perform a service function. And most importantly, not to create problems. As much as anything around the world to tell how well we're doing. But come and ask someone who works in the country, as you well.
In Israel, the company there who have already started to do something, they began to tell others that everything is working, all is good here, come and you. Because the key motivator is the availability of human resource. Now the whole world competition between countries is only one human resources. They have in the country. Another thing is that our political elite has not realized that it is the most basic and the last thing we still have left. Because other countries just compete to those people to invite themselves, so they created a business from them. It's very simple mathematics. If you are creating a business at home, this is how you create jobs, pay taxes and all is well, and come in such investments. Because their outcome – to attract $ 11.7 billion of investment... And the country is in war. There, as before rockets fly over the country. It is in this state for 15-20 years. For venture investors, technological companies, this is not a barrier. This is something that helps us to work with international investors.
Of course, they are interested in how you do business in the country, but for them it is not a barrier to invest in Ukraine. But that is a barrier to invest in Ukraine – these are the conditions of doing business. Of course they much care. Because, on the one hand, they like that it has the human talent, but they don't like it when the government can not protect the business. Some of them were on the barricades during the Maidan, but I didn't see any protection from law enforcement in our Ukrainian startup. But if there is no certainty that the political elite protects people who create a global company from Ukraine, which have become her trademark, the question arises: why others should invest in these companies if they do not protect the native state. On the one hand, the good news is that we have this industry, we have about 25 funds that invest, more than three thousand startups. It's all good. But in order for us to reach the level of Israel, all the same should be done in better times.
I'm not just talking about our internal issues in the industry, but also the state's image and business environment. There are ratings that show the ranking of doing business in the country. Unfortunately, we lose by this measure many countries not to mention Israel, which attracts a lot of international entrepreneurs to create their company. We have not yet learned at the state level. While at sector level we are constantly working with international companies to come to Ukraine and work together to build a global company from here.
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31-12-2016, 05:45

What aircraft do you most like to watch in 2016?" asked the authors of the project. In the survey, which lasted about a day, took part more than 12 thousand Internet users. 
First place (45% of the vote) took the plane Ed Force One, which transports the legendary British rock band Iron Maiden. At the same time, probably for the British, voted by fans of a team that remains one of the world leaders in "heavy" scenes. "Dream" behind slightly to 41%. 
"Dream" took second place in the survey "plane of the year" by the leading aviation site in the world - photo 1
During the year, the views of aviation fans from all over the world were glued to Ukrainian giants twice in may (trip to Australia) and in November (flights around the planet).
Help. An-225 Mriya is created by the Kiev Design Bureau named after Antonov in the late 80-ies of XX century. In 2004 An-225 "Mriya" was included in the Guinness Book of records for 240 records.
Flightradar24 is an Internet - project created in 2007 by the Swedish company Travel Network Ltd, which allows real-time viewing on the map for airplanes in the world.
"Dream" took second place in the survey "plane of the year" by the leading aviation site in the world - photo 2
Ed Force One - the plane, walked "Dream" in popularity.
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31-12-2016, 05:38

Team coordination of international assistance launched in test operation http://OPENAID.GOV.UA – database of international assistance projects and various tools for donors, artists, journalists. According to the initiators, the country still has not been a single public registry. 
It is a Single registry, with the ability to view the list of donors, programs and reforms on which help is available for searching by category. API, manually and web scraproom going all the donor sites , two e-services submission of documents for registration of projects and accreditation of service providers (international organizations), Analytics, news, events, and presentations.

Big Christmas #primogenita from the team coordination of international assistance - most of those grants, which everyone loves. We launched into test operation http://OPENAID.GOV.UA - database of international assistance projects and various tools for donors, implementers, journalists!
1) you probably find it hard to believe (or maybe already not), but there WAS NOT a single public registry. Was a definite sign that the Ministry was paper card registration (the Donor so-and-so starts the project Improve governance at the village for $5 million!) and that's it. 
2) reports on projects bad. They are often nobody provides. Sometimes when there is urgency is gone. What is written is not always clear. When the project closed, his site dies, everything disappears (and often anyone out there know what is this site?)...
3) the entire document of course paper, all call - up check this! convey a copy Tetovo. The most frequent request to the Department - and what are donor programs ottakaa direction?
4) the fellowship of the donors (foreign countries, international organizations, EU, OECD), beneficiaries (state Executive agencies), recipients (public authorities and organizations, NGOs, private companies, citizens), performers (international companies, organizations, Ukrainian private company) passes through us, past us, through other bodies, etc.
Trying to change all that!
- Single register, with search and categories.
- API manual and web scraproom was taken from the donor sites all they could do
- scanned all that we had
 two e-services submission of documents for registration of projects and accreditation of service providers (international organizations)
- news, events, presentations
- where historical information is not available - problem :( Will keep looking... but for new projects will have to fill efficiently.
- further I want to make online classrooms all participants of the process, online reports, subscribing to announcements about grants and tenders, integrated tool for creating websites of international assistance projects in the form of under-the Openaid website the like.
Everything is carried on their shoulders the head of the project Oksana Borysenko! Oksana, her large team of volunteers (believe me, corny to read these fit the texts and correct mistakes a hell of a job!) very cool!!! Congratulations Elena Tregub, Elena Levchuk, Alina Shved and all-all-all Department!
P. S. according to custom, the budget is not affected. Funds for the programming gave the delegation of the EU (Thanks to the European Union in Ukraine!), the rest of the work done for free.
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28-12-2016, 15:03

New year is coming in a few days, and the largest Ukrainian mobile operators are preparing to offer new services in the field of voice and Internet coverage.
New year Kyivstar has completed construction work on the modernization of the radio network. More than 7,000 base stations equipped with facilities that support communications standards 3G and 4G. The result is improved quality and expanded Telecom services, and mobile communication of new generation became available for 62% of Ukraine's population in more than 5,000 settlements.
New year's eve Kyivstar increased the coverage of the 3G network in the area of ATO. So, new communication technologies appeared in the city of Pokrovsk and the nearby villages: Hnativka, Novopavlovka, Novoukrainka, horn, Chunyshyne, Pershe Travnia, rose, Smooth. Today Kyivstar is the only one among the GSM operators offering 3G services in the settlements of the ATO zone.
Special attention Kyivstar paid to an expected increase in traffic. In December 2016 increased capacity of communication channels between the two networks Kyivstar and other Telecom operators of Ukraine and with foreign partners, connected routes for international traffic. Special optimization switches will provide continuity of service during peak loads.
The venue of public celebrations will also be provided with a reliable connection. For this purpose Kyivstar installs additional equipment – mobile base station, the standby transceivers of active BSS, etc.
In Christmas and new year holidays emergency recovery teams will work around the clock. In a special mode will also work, and Clearinghouse Kyivstar. New year's eve here will be on duty employees of the "Star Guard" – team of the best representatives of the Department of relations with customers, service Department key clients and line management subscription.
Every year Kyivstar successfully cope with the holiday "peak" in advance to prepare for it. So, in the holidays of 2016 for two days – December 31 and January 1 – Kyivstar subscribers used 168 TB of mobile Internet, made and took almost 550 million calls and sent 50 million greeting SMS and MMS 706 thousand. While all services are worked steadily.
For its part, Vodafone Ukraine also expects growth in user activity on the network. Experts cited several factors for this:
A substantial extension of the coverage today of the Vodafone 3G services available to more than 54% of Ukrainians;
The increase in the number of data users- the number of subscribers to 3G network, Vodafone has increased almost 5 times;
Consumption growth – today, the subscribers in the network Vodafone use 3 times more mobile Internet than last year;
Promotional offers – part of the winter promotions prepaid tariffs Vodafone has received twice as many minutes and megabytes without increasing fees.
Given these factors, as well as what for Christmas greetings subscribers are increasingly using mobile Internet, with particular attention paid to the transmission of data.
In addition to the increase of the Internet traffic these holidays, the network Vodafone Ukraine is expected to increase calls abroad. Over the past year the cost of calls to 62 countries for subscribers to Vodafone fell by 64%, which led to 38% growth in traffic to international destinations. In addition, the operator offered its subscribers the additional services for calls abroad is a service "Poland", which provides 200 minutes for calls to Polish rooms, and the service is "Unlimited abroad", which allows you to call 3 numbers in Poland and Russia without time limits.
To ensure the smooth operation of the network engineers has conducted a number of activities: analyzed the throughput of the main technical interfaces and made the necessary changes in the equipment settings. Experts have also changed the settings in order to minimize the signaling exchange inside the system, which accounts for part of the traffic. Through realignment of resources, the network will be able to serve the increased number of calls and transfer large amounts of data.
During the holidays, the operator shall suspend the work on the modernization of equipment and software and to change network configuration. New year's eve and Christmas is also suspended sending of information SMS and MMS, to free the network to transmit greeting messages. Provides additional technical support from equipment suppliers. In order to increase the network bandwidth, the operator activates additional transceivers and expands channels of communication between core network elements.
Note that new year's eve is traditionally the most active period of the year and a test of strength when the load on the network increases significantly. The company's specialists have noted in recent years, the trend of distribution peak loads not only between different services of Internet, voice, SMS – but in a wider time interval. 3 years ago the people of Ukraine are most often called to congratulate each other on holidays, in the first hour of the new year, whereas last year the peak voice activity was not so sharp – the number of calls gradually increased, starting from 18:00 on 31 December.
In addition, a significant part of the festive communication has migrated to the Internet. In the new year and Christmas holidays 2015-2016 Ukrainian subscribers have downloaded 508 TB of traffic on the network of Vodafone, more than 60% of the total holiday Internet traffic accounted for 3G services, which at that time was available mostly in regional centers.
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28-12-2016, 12:08

The first solar station for charging of mobile phones appeared in the Swan lake in downtown Yerevan.
As reported by the Armenian Telecom portal, telecom.arka.am, installation financed by Fund Awesome.
The station is "working" on environmentally friendly solar energy. Solar panel charged lithium-ion battery that in turn charges your cell phone. "This means that you can charge your phone even in the absence of sunlight, e.g. at night", — stated in the message.
It is noted that on the same station at the same time to charge six mobile phones.
"To fully charge the solar station requires 4-6 hours of daylight, in this case, the station is able to provide energy gadgets for a period of 40 hours, and more", — stated in the message.
Foundation Awesome Foundation — a global organization, promoting a amazing ideas on the planet. The Fund provides microgrant in the amount of $1000 to individuals or group of individuals working on amazing projects.
Source: Newsarmenia
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