Many have dubbed Cluj-Napoca the emerging Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe. Although this is debatable (for many reasons which are not within the scope of this short article), one thing is clear: technology has found a good home in my native city. Continue reading Nurturing a Needed Knowledge and Innovation Culture
The software and IT sector produces three per cent of Romania’s GDP and is expected to exceed €4.1 billion in 2017. It is growing, thanks to the high demand coming from Western countries, and Romania now stands in sixth place in the global index when it comes to the number of certified IT specialists. Continue reading Romanian IT Business Statistics Are Promising
As far as the UK sourcing market is concerned, Romania has been on the periphery of the sourcing radar for some time now, but has never really made it to the front and centre.
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
Since entering the European Union, Romania has shown great potential for developing its innovation areas. Continue reading Romania Could Catch Up in Innovation
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
The five scenarios Jean Claude Juncker recently presented, concerning the future of the EU, are still provoking lively conversation in all corners of the European continent. Seen from Bucharest, the future, as described by the Commission’s White Paper, looks both simple and complicated. Continue reading Juncker’s “More, Together” Offers Romania a Better Future
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
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
We want the story of Romania to be the story of a dynamic, vibrant and innovative country, says Matteo Patrone, Director for Romania and Regional Head Romania and Bulgaria at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He spoke to Andrew Wrobel about the country’s greatest challenges. Continue reading The Goal for Romania — the Positives Outweigh the Negatives
Large cities have been on the radar of foreign companies that are looking to outsource in Poland, for several years now. With its academic potential, IT traditions and proximity to the large pool of talent in Ukraine and Belarus, Lublin is an interesting alternative. Continue reading Lublin: Building a Reputation as a Business Services Destination
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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