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WJR Business Beat: Tech Companies Seek Talent in Ukraine (Episode 384)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff shares how the tech sector is supporting Ukrainian citizens at a  time when they need it most.

Tune in to today’s Business Beat to learn more about a program helping to get Ukraine’s tech talent through this challenging time:

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Good morning, Paul! Against the backdrop of the horrific war going on in Ukraine, global tech firms are stepping up and lining up to hire Ukrainian programmers. You see, Ukraine has always been a hotbed for high-quality tech talent, in particular those who can write code known as programmers. What’s invisible to consumers is the programming that makes a given technology function as intended and surprisingly a large amount of tech that enables our everyday lives is built by engineers and software developers in Ukraine: WhatsApp, Grammarly, Get Lab and Salon were all founded or cofounded by Ukrainians, while Google and Amazon all have research and development centers in the country. And they’re there because of that uniquely capable and talented Ukrainian tech workforce to conduct programming in order to make these companies and their products go. As CNBC reports, companies from all over the world have posted job opportunities for programmers in Ukraine, on a website called Remote Ukraine. It’s been set up to help firms around the world hire these Ukrainian programmers and others. And this comes at such a critical time as some 2 million plus Ukrainian citizens have been displaced in the recent weeks. And some of them possess that amazing technical skill that can be put to work if given the right options. CNBC goes on to report that firms such as Modular Automation and War Ducks based in Ireland, Sport Trader based in Switzerland and others are among tech companies that have shared job opportunities on this site. Of course, it is all of our hopes that programs like this and others will help in any way possible to get the Ukrainian people and its great tech talent through this most challenging time. Just another example of the importance of the tech sector and how they’re supporting Ukrainian citizens at a moment in time when they need it most. I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of startupnation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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