Mykhaylo Sapiton, Forbes Ukraine: “Hey, world, this war is not about Ukraine. It’s about all of you”

Mykhaylo Sapiton, tech editor at Forbes Ukraine, twitted about the famous tech companies that conquering the world and why Russian aggression and Putin’s war against Ukraine touches everyone.

Hey, world, this war is not about Ukraine. It’s about all of you. Let me – as a tech editor at Forbes Ukraine – explain it to you in the most direct way, by naming products and technologies with Ukrainian roots. Also asking for RT


  • WhatsApp  – founded by Ukrainain emigrant Jan Koum. He was born in Fastiv where you can hear Russian rockets right now. Moved to US.
  • PayPal – cofounded by Max Levchin, who also emigrated from here. BNPL service Affirm  is his new company.
  • cleanmymac is developed by Kyiv based company MacPaw. If you own a Mac, you know how great is this app for decluttering.
  • Or may be you like fancy email and calendar clients? Thats on Readdle, who made SparkMailApp and was born in Odessa. Here are a few others Odessa entrepreneurs I have covered for Forbes.
  • Using Snapchat? Well, the masking technology was brought by Looksery team, mostly stationed in Odesa and led by bright mind of Yuri Monastyrshin. Snap also have a huge office in Kyiv and Zaporizha.
  • And let’s not forget the elephant in the room. You all are checking you writing via Grammarly. It’s $13 bln company by now, and it was founded by three Ukrainians. Its largest dev office is still here, in Kyiv.
  • But if you are more of a money guy. Revolut cofounder is Vlad Yatsenko. He is from Mykolaiv which is now a hot point for Russian invasion.
  • Love Ring cameras from Amazon? Most of the hardware and software was born in Kyiv by the company of almost 1000 people, even though Amazon for a long time denies its connections to local contractors.
  • Crypto. There is A LOT to uncover, but to name just a few – Solana founder Alex Yakovenko and NEARProtocol founder Illia Polosukhin were born in Ukraine. They are now building the most advanced and  efficient decentralized products and have huge engendering presence in Ukraine



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Support Ukraine!
Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.


There are several other organizations to support:

  • Army SOS, which develops drones;
  • Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
  • Help on the Ministry of Defense website.