Meet the tech entrepreneurs ditching Silicon Valley for Ukraine

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Several tech entrepreneurs have left the US for Ukraine, the place they’re supplying troops, serving to civilians evacuate and gathering materials for weblog posts. 

Antonio García Martínez, a author and former worker of Facebook and Apple who lives in Nevada, crossed the border from Poland into Ukraine on Sunday. 

García Martínez spent 4 days in the western part of the nation together with the metropolis of Lviv, the place he tweeted observations comparable to “Wartime Lviv is cleaner and more orderly than [San Francisco] on a good day” earlier than donating his physique armor and provides to the Ukrainian army and retuning to Poland. 

“Western Ukraine is not very dangerous at all,” García Martínez advised The Post about 20 minutes after crossing the Polish border. “There are missile strikes occasionally… but the city hasn’t been hit with anything at all.” 

Funeral for three fallen Ukrainian troopers.

If you pay attention carefully, you’ll be able to hear an air raid siren going off simply now.

Nobody runs for cover. pic.twitter.com/0xXa7E3Bsi

— Antonio García Martínez (agm.eth) 🇺🇦 (@antoniogm) March 15, 2022

He stated he was in Ukraine to collect materials for his Substack weblog and for {a magazine} article. He attended a funeral for a number of Ukrainian troopers and thought of touring additional east alongside along with his interpreter however determined to show again “given the situation in Kyiv right now.” 

“I could not sit idly by while horrific events were taking place in my home,” former Uber govt Andrey Lisovich stated.
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“There’s a big media hit I need to do next week so I need to be back in the US in relatively short order,” added García Martínez, who beforehand wrote a controversial memoir about working at Facebook known as “Chaos Monkeys.” 

Another techie, former Uber govt Andrey Lisovich, left California for his hometown of Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine after the warfare broke out. 

Tech entrepreneur Dwight Crow helped evacuate civilians close to Kyiv.
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Lisovich told TMZ he’s serving to coordinate provides for the Ukrainian army together with garments, meals and sneakers. 

“I could not sit idly by while horrific events were taking place in my home,” stated Lisovich, who labored as the CEO of Uber’s on-demand staffing division Uber Works till 2020. “I’m here because I’ve seen Zelensky’s willingness to fight and his courage is contagious.”

Zaporizhzhia is in southeastern Ukraine, near Russian positions to the cities of Kherson and Melitopol. It shares a reputation with a close-by nuclear energy plant that was shelled and captured by Russian forces earlier this month.

Lisovich, who didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, advised TMZ he’s drafted a will on his laptop computer in case he’s killed. 

A 3rd tech entrepreneur, ex-Facebook product supervisor Dwight Crow, was noticed final week in the besieged Kyiv suburb of Irpin, the place he was sporting a helmet and physique armor as he helped evacuate civilians. 

“When I saw the invasion, I honestly bought a plane ticket and got here as quickly as I could,” Crow told CNN. “This is like the biggest fight for freedom in my lifetime.”

“It’s scary, you know, when you hear the bombs going off, but at the same time there’s people a lot closer to it than us and they’re really the ones who are really in harm’s way, we’re just doing our part to get them out of here,” stated Crow.

Crow, who didn’t reply to a request for remark, at present works as the co-founder and chairman of the board of Whisper.ai, a Sequoia Capital-backed startup that develops synthetic intelligence-assisted listening to aids.