Alyona Mysko, the founder and CEO of Fuelfinance, a native of Ukraine’s capital, is one of the many startup founders and employees whose lives were upended when Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. They’re finding ways to keep working from bomb shelters and home rentals, while scrambling to make sure their employees are safe and to provide them with whatever aid they can.
We still want to realize our mission to help businesses avoid financial mistakes, and in such a way, we can make an impact on GDP growth,” she said, adding that healthy homegrown businesses supported Ukraine’s economy.
On March 22, Fuelfinance logged a major milestone for any fledgling startup: It debuted on Product Hunt, a website for sharing and discovering products and startups. Employees needed to be online and ready to respond to commenters, onboard customers, and share the Product Hunt post on social media to get more eyeballs on it.
We launched Product Hunt from bomb shelters.
I think we maybe work harder than before the war
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- 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.
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.