AlphaX Ukraine Story
In 2015, I got a request from a friend to develop a mobile app for him, after I had been developing mobile and browser-based apps myself for several years. Although I didn't know the technology and didn't have free time to take care of it myself, I got the job.
My Ukrainian girlfriend at the time referred me to a school friend from Kharkiv who had successfully developed iOS apps for her father. Together with his brother, he had developed an impressive collection of apps and was incredibly talented. I was able to recruit him for the project and we successfully implemented the app.
Based on the good experience and results with Ukrainian colleagues, we got more requests for development work and slowly expanded our team in Ukraine. First in Nikolaev, then also in Odessa in the south of Ukraine. In 2020 Covid-19 came along but it didn't hurt us much as we were used to the distributed way of working and additionally received increasing demand with our digital services. We normally visited each other regularly, but during Covid-19, we had to stay at home and establish home offices for all employees.
Our great affinity for crypto and blockchain solutions also built a lot of skills in our company and created exciting innovations. We learned a lot in that time, especially which people we wanted to work with and who we wanted nothing to do with.
In 2021, we exceeded the EUR 1m mark in salary payments and now employ many talented developers in different parts of Ukraine: Nikolaev, Odessa, Kharkiv, Mariupol, Kiev.
Well paid work help save lifes = It makes a difference
The war in Ukraine is now presenting us with new challenges. For example, one of our developers is currently locked up at home without heating and running water because of firefights in the street in front of his apartment. Anyone in his town who is not surrounded and shot at by Russians has been able to escape. Some have made it abroad in time, others have left for the hinterlands and the west to find a new place to live. No one can really withdraw cash at the moment to pay the gas station or the supermarket. There is effectively no paid work - except at home on the computer via the Internet.
The people there need a perspective and we can give them one. Because the more well-paid work we can give, the more stable, sovereign and safe the Ukrainian society becomes for the future.
Companies can support in a direct way by continuing to employ the talents in Ukraine.