I started working for Sony International in Germany. Then Apple headhunted me, and I went to California in the early 2000s. In my first year with Apple, we launched the first-generation iPod. After 11 years, I left this company and made my way into Nest. I helped build Nest from its earliest stages and then we sold it to Google in 2014 for $3.2 Billion. It was at this point I became familiar with Ukraine.
We were competing quite aggressively in the home camera market, with our Nest smart cameras sitting alongside our other Nest products, like the smart learning thermostat. There was a disrupter on the market from Ukraine called Ring. That caught my attention, and I started to see how advanced their engineering was. And what they were doing with things like facial recognition, motion detection, night vision and so on.
By 2018, I left Google and co-founded GT
. The main attraction for me was just the engineering talent and the strength of the quality. What makes Ukraine important is not so much the number of developers but their quality. This is particularly important when we're discussing modern-day engineering, where we're looking to develop more complicated architecture. So things involve much more sophisticated - data science, machine learning skill sets, or any learning algorithms. That can only be done with a particular mindset of engineers. Ukraine just seems to produce that type of brain naturally.