It’s probably no surprise that Ukraine is one of the best places to look for a software development company for nearshoring or outsourcing. Ukrainian software developers offer world-class service on par with cost-efficiency, that’s why they are so loved by foreign clients. (By the way, we’ve recently published an article with predictions for IT outsourcing in Ukraine for 2021.)
However, it’s not only outsourcing that Ukraine is popular for — there are quite a few software development companies that have developed their own top-tier products for both domestic and international markets. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent ones!
Grammarly was founded by Max Lytvyn, Dmytro Lider, and Alex Shevchenko in 2009. The company’s main goal was to help people communicate more effectively. At first, Grammarly targeted students but soon saw the potential of using its product in all communicational circumstances — from everyday correspondence to academic writing.
Today, over 30 million people around the globe use their proprietary AI-powered product to check, correct, and perfect their writing. Grammarly offers a simple, real-time interface that works via multiple channels — a web-based editor, desktop interface, a Microsoft Office add-in, mobile keyboard, and, of course, their popular browser extensions.
As of 2021, Grammarly has over 400 team members, 2000 institutions and enterprise clients, and over 30 thousand daily active users.
Throughout the company’s life, Grammarly received over $200 million in funding, mainly from General Catalyst.
MacPaw is one of the leading software development companies in Ukraine that creates services and apps for macOS and iOS. It was founded in 2008 by Oleksandr Kosovan (at that time he was a mere undergraduate student at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute!). MacPaw’s first product was a software cleaning tool CleanMyMac that is still the company’s main product nowadays. MacPaw was bootstrapped (didn’t tap any external financial support), and its founder Kosovan wrote the first code himself.
Today, MacPaw has offices in Kyiv and California and is a well-known software development company around the world.
P.S. MacPaw also writes an insightful blog for Apple users, so if you want to improve the efficiency of your Mac or just learn something new in the realm of tech — consider checking it out.
Another stellar software development company that has three offices in Ukraine is Playtika, the world’s largest Social Casino games company. It was founded in 2010 in Israel and has since become a pioneer in the games industry.
Playtika has developed two dozens of free-to-play casino games such as House of Fun, Bingo Blitz, and Caesars Casino.
Today, there are over 3.7 thousand employees at Playtika, 19 office locations around the world, and over 35 million monthly active users (even more than at Grammarly 😉).
Genesis is one of the largest and most popular IT product companies in Ukraine that creates apps and services for the global audience.
Genesis operates in 5 countries and has over 1500 employees around the world. The company is one of the largest partners of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Snapchat in Central and Eastern Europe.
Genesis focuses on a few major business verticals — mobile apps, digital media, and e-commerce (classifieds — such as Jiji, the largest Nigerian classified ads site).
Readdle is one of the top Ukrainian mobile application development companies. It was founded in 2000 by Denis and Igor Zhadanov to allow reading books on iPhones via the Safari browser.
Readdle’s most popular products are Scanner Pro, PDF Expert, Spark (email app), Documents (Finder for iOS), Fluix (B2B workflow automation and document management tool), and Calendars 5 (mobile calendar and planner). Their apps have won numerous awards and have been downloaded over 150 million times globally.
Today, Readdle has over 190 employees and operates offices in Ukraine and Germany.
EVO’s mission is to create opportunities for business development. They make marketplaces for online shopping and ordering services — Prom.ua, Deal.by, Bigl.ua, Kabanchik.ua, and Shafa.ua among others. They created a service of digital solutions for business, online platforms for state and commercial auctions Zakupki.Prom.ua and Auctions.Prom. EVO is also developing an online tour purchase service — Rozetka Travel, as well as various fintech and logistics projects.
Every month, people place more than 2 million orders at EVO marketplaces, and every second Ukrainian online buyer makes a purchase on their sites.
Twelve years into existence, EVO employs over 1230 people and has 15 projects.
Maxpay is an international payment service provider. Its users, mainly online businesses, get access to a wide range of merchant and risk intelligence tools as well as deep local insights. Not only does Maxpay provide online businesses with sophisticated payment solutions but also offers a broad set of consulting services.
Today, Maxpay operates offices in Ukraine, Lithuania, and Malta and has over 30 bank partners and 50+ jurisdictions covered.
8. Ajax Systems
Ajax Systems is an international technology company headquartered in Kyiv. The company develops wireless security systems and has its own full-cycle production. Ajax Systems was founded in 2011 by Oleksandr Konotopsky. Since then, the company has become a prominent player in the security market with its products being sold in 93 countries.
Ajax Systems has attracted over $11 million in investments from investors like SMRK and Horizon capital and employs over 800 specialists.
Megogo is a global entertainment service — the largest in Eastern Europe and CIS countries. It offers television, home cinema, games, podcasts, and audiobooks.
Megogo has over 55 million unique monthly users who can enjoy over 150 thousand hours of content. Megogo has partnered with such well-known studios as Warner Brothers, Walt Disney, BBC, FOX, Paramount Pictures, Sony, and others.
Over the 9 years of its operations, Megogo has grown into a team of 650 employees.
Wix is another software development company in Ukraine — but this time cloud-based. Since nowadays web presence is of primary importance both for businesses and experts, Wix’s main purpose is to help everyone to create a charming, professional website. The company has offices all around the world — in Tel Aviv, Kyiv, San Francisco, Vilnius, and New York.
Summing up, it’s not only high-quality outsourcing that Ukraine can boast of but also a wide range of product IT companies that have managed to develop top-notch products catering to both national and global audiences.
Despite Idealogic doesn’t develop its own products, we are incredibly proud of our IT industry that could nurture startups and software development companies in Ukraine and turn wonderful ideas into successful products. Our team always marks such achievements because our mission is to help entrepreneurs to transform a one-page concept into a stable, user-friendly, and efficient custom web or mobile application. Feel free to drop us a message if you want to join the list of successful IT companies even not in Ukraine.