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5 Ukrainian startups that are about to break through

 

How many Ukrainian startups do you know?  At best – Looksery (purchased by Snapchat), Grammarly and Jooble.

Too bad. Theres far more to learn about.

Here are 5 hottest startups of 2016 that are about to break through. Whether you are a tech-lover, startuper, or an investor – have a look at the list and learn where the real deal is.

Ain.ua online portal, devoted to startups and entrepreneurship, has conducted a study among business angels, investors, and entrepreneurs, who were asked to point out startups, which developed and achieved something in the past year.

1st place – Sixa

Sixa – a personal computer in the cloud

“Sixa is a full computer that operates right from the cloud via a client app. It supports various devices and is capable of running the most demanding applications. With Sixa users can easily deploy a cloud computer optimized for different tasks and access a powerful virtual computer without hardware upgrades” (www.sixa.io). This app not only allows you to have a powerful computer without actually having it, but also save the costs of utility bills and free you from buying expensive hardware. In 2016 Sixa has received the investments from legendary Y Combinator, receive $300,000 from the venture fund TMT Investments, and finally received $3,5 mln from Californian fund Tandem Capital, abd Ukrainian Digital Future and Horizon capital.
Currently, they launched beta-version of the service, that everybody can try for free.

2nd place – Mobalytics

Mobalytics – Personal performance analytics for competitive gamers

The platform measures players’ performance, helps them define their strengths and weaknesses and provides personalized advice, based on Gamer Performance Index, on how to improve your skills. The app was first introduced during TechCruch Disrupt in San Francisco, where it victoriously took the 1st prize. Shortly after the big triumph the startup received $2,6 mln investments from Almaz Capital, Founders Fund, General Catalyst and GGV Capital.

3d place – People.ai

People.ai – sales productivity platform powered by AI

The app analyzes sales managers’ performance and displays the statistics to the employer, helping to identify who works best and who underperforms. Startup received the investments from the Y Combinator, as well as many funds from business angels.

4th place – Hideez Technologies Inc.

Hideez – hardware cybersecurity project

In 2016 Hideez launched their first product – Hideez Key, which stores all the digital keys and certificates on one device, allowing unblock smartphones, laptops, open RFID-locks or authorize mobile payments. It also works as a anti-thief sensor for the thongs like wallet or keys, as it distances from the smartphone it is connected to, the app will notify the user of the loss.

And finally last but not least – SolarGaps

SolarGaps – world`s first solar smart blinds.

SolarGaps is all-in-one energy solution. With the help of solar panels on the blinds, which generate electricity from solar energy, you can supply yourself with own electricity and save on your electricity bills.
This great invention has received a support from the investors of $1 mln over this summer. So, we are definitely going to hear about them soon.

 

References

http://ain.ua/top-10-ukrainskix-startapov-2016

 

People.ai is using machine learning to rewrite the sales ops playbook

 

 

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HYPERLOOP: 150 km from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes!

Few global companies are investing to make the Hyperloop concept come real. The main investor is the Start-up Hyperloop One, which is a US founded company in 2014 in Los Angeles. It is producing low-pressure tubes in connection with electromagnetically levitated pods to ensure humans a quicker and more comfortable transportation possibility. The vehicle can speed up to 1000km/h in complete silence. Nowadays they are developing passenger transporting systems in Finland, the Emirates, US, Switzerland and Russia. In the next year the company would like to present its first Hyperloop in the Nevada dessert.

As the main investor of the company is the Dubaian port operator DP Word Group, the company decided to introduce one of their project for goods transportation in the port of Dubai. Now the Hyperloop One presented another project in the Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi should be connected by a Hyper speed-train.

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A7GsAPR3J0

Few of the details are already known as Hyperloop started the cooperation with the transportation authority of Dubai. The basic and most valuable issue is that the distance will be passed in just 12 minutes. Now the travelling time between these two cities takes 2 hours, therefore the speed train would improve incredibly the travelling comfort among this two metropoles. The train will be available for passenger transport. These will have the possibility to order a capsule at the Hyperloop One Portal via App. Each session 4 capsules are going to be transported via the pipe.

The passenger cabin and the Hyperloop one pipe

 

The Hyperloop gate

Up to date there are no high-speed trains in the Emirates

Besides the Hyperloop One also the consulting company McKinsey and the architecture company Bjarke Ingels are participating at this project. The inventors suggest that the train connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be launched in October 2020. The precise time line and plan are not available yet. They will be created when the first Hyperloop-test in Nevada succeeds. Indeed are the Arabic Emirates very suitable for introducing that kind of technological newcomer. On the one hand they have enough funds for the project and on the other hand there is a lot of unused land with a very limited rail network. Therefore the Hyperloop would not be a competitor to other high-speed trains.

 

Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3820787/High-speed-train-Hyperloop-Sydney-Melbourne-55-minutes.html

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/132405-what-is-elon-musk-s-700mph-hyperloop-the-subsonic-train-explained/gallery

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A7GsAPR3J0

https://hyperloop-one.com/

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Apple acquired motion capture technology used in Star Wars

Apple acquired a startup Faceshift, who developed a widely used motion capture technology. Rumors about buying the company from Cupertino Faceshift were before, but now Apple has officially confirmed the purchase, according to TechCrunch.

The publication writes that Apple has not confirmed the deal direct text, but the company voiced its standard response to the case of the purchase: “From time to time Apple buys smaller technology companies. And we generally do not discuss our goals and plans”.

Company Faceshift, founded in 2012, is located in Zurich. It motion capture technology is actively used in scientific research, computer games and film industry in particular, for the filming of the latest Star Wars.

motion-capture

Faceshift is the author of the method of animation characters and objects without the use of markers. This technology requires no special costume or sensors, that is the actor was for the camera in any clothes. Markerless motion capture is especially convenient when shooting the fights, falls, jumps and other complex movements, during which markers may be damaged.

Faceshift has consumer software solutions, including Faceshift Freelance and Faceshift Studio. Sales last stop after the company was bought by Apple. With this program you can create characters and export them to the software for 3D-animation.

It is unknown what the purpose of the acquisition of Apple. In addition, company from Cupertino have patents on the technology of motion capture, face recognition and augmented reality, which Apple acquired earlier along with three other European companies working in this field – PrimeSense, Polar Rose and Metaio. The media speculated that the company uses the acquired technologies in the new generation Apple TV.

More info on a company : Here

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