Risky (but Rewarding) Business

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Roughly three years ago, after graduating from UCLA Anderson and developing a severe allergy to cubicles, I moved from perpetually sunny Los Angeles to Cluj, Romania—the heart of Transylvania. Through an extremely circuitous path, I took over a non-profit that was trying to be an accelerator; I built a team and an accelerator programme, had an exit out of the first batch and raised the first accelerator/pre-seed fund in Romania, appropriately named Risky Business. Continue reading Risky (but Rewarding) Business

Merging and Growing Romania’s Outstanding Broadband and Other Infrastructures

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Our focus should be on how we can turn high broadband speed into meaningful advantages on the Digital Economy and Society Index, says Teofil Mureşan, chairman of the board at Electrogrup. He talked to Jerry Cameron about the need for consolidation in the market as well as the impact infrastructure sharing might have on the economy. Continue reading Merging and Growing Romania’s Outstanding Broadband and Other Infrastructures

Romania’s Government Plans to Grow the Country’s Already High ICT Reputation

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The growing number of ICT specialists, plus the increasing foreign investment in the sector, as well as the number and innovativeness of tech start-ups make Romania’s ICT a upcoming sector, says Augustin Jianu, Romanian Minister of Communications and Information Society. He also spoke to Jerry Cameron about the challenges the industry faces. Continue reading Romania’s Government Plans to Grow the Country’s Already High ICT Reputation

Ukraine’s Tech Sector Is Booming but Needs Awareness and Confidence

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Despite several turbulent years, Ukraine’s economy is now showing real promise. The country recently received its latest tranche of IMF funding and is making a huge effort to stamp out corruption. With a large base of highly skilled technology professionals and a highly-developed information technology sector, Ukraine’s economy has all the ingredients required to create Europe’s next big technology hub. Continue reading Ukraine’s Tech Sector Is Booming but Needs Awareness and Confidence

From a Small Family Firm to a Top 100 Global Outsourcing Company

Not many Ukrainian companies can boast about being as old as the country’s independence. ELEKS is one that can, as the firm was set up in 1991 by Oleksiy Skrypnyk & Son and over the last 25 years it has become one of the country’s largest IT firms. Ruslan Zakharchenko, CEO at ELEKS, spoke to Jerry Cameron about the company’s origin and the experience ELEKS has gained over the years.
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