“Before [WhatsApp founder] Jan Koum was a billionaire and long before he was a Silicon Valley technology executive, he was Ukrainian. Koum, born in a village outside of Kiev, emigrated from a politically unstable Ukraine as a teenager.”
"I’ve seen first-hand the potential and technological savvy of the Ukrainian people. I was blown away by Enable Talk — a project from four Ukrainian student developers who created gloves that translate sign language into speech. Enable Talk took home the first prize at the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition in 2012, and Time magazine named it one of the best inventions of the year.
According to the Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Association, Ukraine is the No. 1 outsourcing destination in the region for information-technology services. Tech companies in Silicon Valley, London and Berlin are teeming with Ukrainian engineers — Ukraine’s hackers-for-hire are some of the best in the world.”
"A long history of scientific and technological excellence shows that Ukraine-born talent usually realizes its full potential after leaving Ukraine’s political environment behind."
“When Koum and his mother immigrated to Mountain View in 1992, they subsisted on food stamps and welfare. Koum barely graduated from high school and dropped out of college. He taught himself computer networking from used book store manuals and created WhatsApp in 2009. In 20 years, Koum went from food stamps to billionaire, epitomizing the American dream, yet he is exactly the type of immigrant that opponents of immigration reform say they do not want in America.
As our nation continues to tackle the important issue of immigration reform, we need to remember that successful companies are not always founded by the immigrants with a master’s degree in hand. Symbolically, Koum signed his $19 billion deal last week at the site where he once stood in line to collect food stamps.
Like WhatsApp, 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.”
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A Story About Armpits http://hairypitsclub.tumblr.com/
When I was dating Sergio I met a bunch of militant anti-armpit shavers and I adopted their practice. Looking back at it, I feel bad for everyone who had to see the tufts of fur sprouting from my arms, especially since I wore wife beaters all the time. I did wear deodorant though.
We notice this. Even if it’s “not what you meant”.