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PayPal, WhatsApp, Solana And More: Projects You May Not Know That Have Ukraine-Born Founders

Ukraine is known as the breadbasket of Europe. The country – the second largest on the continent after Russia – has also produced several notable entrepreneurs over the years.

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine puts the latter in the center of the world’s attention, here are some people from the country who have made a difference in the field of technology lately.

Jan Koum: WhatsApp, now owned by Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ: FB), was founded by Jan Koum. He was born in Kyiv and grew up in Fastiv and moved to the United States at age 16.

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in a cash and stock deal, according to the BBC. report.

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Max Levchin: A co-founder of Paypal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL), Max Rafailovych Levchin, was born in Kyiv. Levchin is an early Yelp investor, but has also been a founder or co-founder of, HVF Labs and Affirm Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFRM).

Vlad Yatsenko: Founder and chief technology officer of Revolut, a fintech company that offers banking services, Yatsenko was born in Ukraine but is now a British citizen.

Yatsenko criticized the invasion of Ukraine in a Tweet on Thursday. “I hope that the Russian people will finally realize what a monster and a liar their President Putin is,” he said.

Anatoly Yakovenko: Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) rival blockchain network Solana (SOL) labs was co-founded by Anatoly Yakovenko. Yakovenko grew up in Ukraine, when his parents were first-generation immigrants, according to a writing by

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On Thursday, Yakovenko tweeted about the invasion of Ukraine that “the ‘sphere of influence’ is an imperial strategy.”

He warned that there was no limit to the extent of this sphere of influence. “Call your leaders if you don’t want to eat borscht for the rest of your life,” Yakovenko said.

Illia Polosukhin: the NEAR Protocol The (NEAR) co-founder attended the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” in Kharkiv, a city currently bearing the brunt of the Russian attack.

Polosukhin urged his followers to support Ukraine in a Tweet, saying, “Glory to Ukraine!” Separately, he tweeted that “violence is never justified”.

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