Andrii Degeler

Technology journalist


I've been writing about technology since 2007 for, Ars Technica, The Next Web, the Kyiv Post, and more.

Is this all an educator in the passion economy needs?

Hello there, It feels like online tools for educators are two-a-penny these days, but today's startup is trying something different that feels almost like 'Substack for teachers', in that it's an all-in-one tool for offering their product as a business online.
Can smart contracts replace lawyers in Europe?

Introduced in earnest back in 2015 together with the launch of the Ethereum blockchain, smart contracts have often been hailed by enthusiasts as the decentralised future of deal-making.
2021 in European tech: A look back

Yes, we've only got two weeks left of this long year, things slow down little by little, and I'm starting to receive polite suggestions to talk in January when trying to record an interview before Christmas. So, welcome to the week of reflection on the past 12 months on - starting with the most important stories and trends we've noticed.
How to prepare for a podcast interview at home or in the office

Over the past few weeks, we've recorded about 20 remote interviews for Podcast - which is probably more than we did in the previous five years combined. Until recently, we interviewed our guests almost exclusively in person to spare them the hassle and frustration of trying to achieve decent sound quality at home or ...

University of Groningen
Predicted and proven, but yet to be tamed: How George Palasantzas is uncovering the mysteries of...

What started more than 70 years ago as a theoretical scientific discovery, has now become the sole focus of dozens of research groups across the globe. The Casimir force, named after the Dutch physicist who correctly predicted it in 1948, was first measured more than 20 years ago; and yet, it still holds a number of secrets, intriguing scientists all over the world.

University of Groningen
Katja Loos: “I have no problem speaking in the terms of the industry”

At the beginning of her career as a university professor, Katja Loos was told by the national research evaluation committee that the research direction she'd chosen had no future and she'd "never succeed." A decade later, her group's papers are paving the way for an extremely important change in the chemical industry that could make polymer production far more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Ars Technica UK
Cybathlon 2016: No cyborgs yet, but we're getting there

When Bob Radocy lost part of his left lower arm in a car accident in 1971, there was little that the prosthetics industry could offer him. Artificial limbs available commercially at the time were quite crude, bulky, and inconvenient, and didn't really allow people to perform most daily tasks.

Ars Technica UK
Fairphone 2 hands-on: Modular phones are finally here

AMSTERDAM-With more and more similarly priced and specced Android smartphones arriving on the market, unique selling points are becoming increasingly rare. There's nothing bad about selling a decent phone with an attractive price tag, but it's always more interesting to take a look at something that stands out.

Ars Technica UK
Braille displays: A blind spot of the mainstream tech industry

Although the way we read printed or written text hasn't changed much over the last 600 years, the media used for carrying the words have evolved significantly. From animal skin and waxed wooden plaques to paper, and from there to LCD screens and e-ink, there's now a wide choice of extremely affordable reading devices that can be used everywhere.

Ars Technica UK
HTT: Building the Hyperloop with vibranium... but no funding or wages

The Hyperloop has been in the news a lot over the past months, although most of these recent stories have covered the murky goings-on at Hyperloop One. There's a lot more to the Hyperloop concept and technology than the funds misappropriation scandals of one Silicon Valley startup, however.

The Next Web
Lithuania: Up-and-coming startup ecosystem with talent and ideas

More than 25 years have passed since the Soviet Union collapsed, which resulted in 15 countries being free from the central administration and the communist ideology. The three Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania - were the first to declare independence and officially secede from the USSR.

The Next Web
Sextech and the world: There's more than one app for that

The new information technologies have been penetrating more and more parts of people's lives over the past decade, and their sexuality is by no means an exception. What started with porn and hook-up websites of all kinds has since branched off into a number of different paths, of which explicit video is actually the most mundane.

The Next Web
Ukraine's tech ecosystem equation: Product + Outsourcing = ?

Although many countries across the world strive to build a Silicon Valley of their own, regional technology business ecosystems are all very different, and are likely to remain so. It's very interesting to observe how each country's history affects the way startups and bigger companies grow and coexist on the market.

Ars Technica UK
Hacking the drone code: UK needs decisive UAV policy

In the past few months, a number of stories have hit the news about remotely controlled drones flying dangerously close to aircraft around major airports. In January and February of this year, the UK Airprox Board -which investigates near-miss incidents-released no less than 10 reports on drones flying in conflict with commercial aircraft.

The Next Web
FeelSpace uses vibrating motors to help the blind feel the right direction

The Germany-based team of FeelSpace has developed a vibro belt for outdoor navigation, which can significantly improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired. Showcased at the Falling Walls Lab conference in Berlin in November, the prototype consists of 32 vibro motors, which can give the user an idea of when and where to ...

The Next Web
Ukraine, Estonia, Chile, Finland: The saga of four accelerators

It's hard to get the exact data on how many startup acceleration programs are being launched every year, but it's definitely a lot. If you search Google News for something like "new startup accelerator," it will return hundreds of headlines from all over the world.

Ars Technica UK
Hoverboards aren't just for Christmas: Why self-balancing scooters keep exploding

Despite being illegal to use on roads and pavements in the UK, self-balancing "hoverboard" scooters are growing increasingly popular both in Europe and the US. Although mostly looked at as a toy and a fad that will fade soon, the scooters could be more dangerous than they seem, but also represent a wider issue in the hardware industry.

The Next Web
Why Coca-Cola is Targeting Experienced Entrepreneurs

Although traditional corporations and hip and innovative startups may be seen as being on opposite sides of the barricades, they often make steps towards each other. Corporate accelerators, entrepreneurs-in-residence and other forms of collaboration between the two have become a normal thing for the community in Europe and the US in recent years.

The Next Web
What's in between traditional work and the gig economy

Over the past few years, the future of work has become a concept that everyone defines slightly differently, depending on their own experience and occupation. A commonplace here, however, is that the idea of working 9-to-5 in one place for decades isn't something the millennials are after.

The Next Web
Poland: A promising startup ecosystem with teething problems

As Europe slowly but surely catches up with the US in all things disruptive, innovative and entrepreneurial, its Eastern half is becoming less unlikely a place for the next unicorn to be born. Within the region, Poland plays a big role, boasting rapidly evolving infrastructure for startups and an increasing number of success stories.

The Next Web
Enter sugar snake: Hands-on with MEL Science's chemistry kit

Did you have a chemical experiment kit when you were a kid? Would you buy, or have you already bought, one for your children? Chemistry is one of the sciences that are hard to understand by just reading books, so having something tangible to play with is a crucial part of learning.

The Next Web
Developer Of Space Engineers Searches For Universal AI

Elegized by so many science fiction writers, artificial intelligence has seen a procession of successes and breakthroughs over the last few decades. From the Deep Blue defeating Kasparov in 1996 to a self-teaching AI smashing Super Mario World in 2015, thoroughly crafted algorithms can solve increasing numbers of tasks.

The Next Web
Meet the companies 'Uberfying' America's private jet market

The transportation industry has gone through significant changes over the past few years, however most of them affected rides on the ground. Uber, Lyft and BlaBlaCar, as well as newcomers like GoOpti, make it easier and cheaper for customers to get from the point A to point B.

Ars Technica UK
Ukrainian startup XE claims to have solved long-range wireless charging

Wireless chargers using standards like Qi have been on the market for a while; IKEA even includes them in some of its furniture these days. But if you think about it, there's not much difference between wired and wireless charging in these systems. After all, the charger still needs to be plugged into a wall socket, and you still need to leave the phone in a designated place to charge.

The Next Web
The pros and cons of investing in emerging startup ecosystems

Emerging markets have been a hot topic (or a buzzword) among VC funds and angel investors alike over the last few years. Although the geographical meaning of this phrase changes over time, generally it always means promising growing economies outside the U.S. and Western Europe, which are building their entrepreneurship ecosystems from scratch.

The Next Web
Dublin Attracts Events And Startups From Overseas

In the discussions regarding European startup landscape, people usually mention cities like London and Berlin as the main hubs powering the ecosystem of the region. As a result, we know quite a bit about these cities but potentially miss out on up-and-coming ones, which could be no less exciting and worth our attention.

The Next Web
Crowdfunding for hype isn't bad, it adds new Kickstarter users

In just a few years, crowdfunding has found a firm place in the tech industry, with many companies launching campaigns to fund their products. Current Kickstarter stats tell us that almost $2 billion have already been pledged on the platform by 9.5 million people.

The Next Web
The future of media monetization: Cryptocurrencies and micropayments

Monetization of content projects, be it a newspaper or online-only news publication, is a pain these days. When we saw massive newspapers dying, everyone around seemed to be quite sure that all the advertising money from the print will soon appear in the online media - but that never happened.

The Next Web
Engineers meet artists: Startups in Bristol and Bath

While London is undoubtedly the center of gravity in the British startup and venture ecosystem, there's plenty of no less fascinating things going on outside the M25 motorway. A good example would be the burgeoning ecosystem in Bristol and Bath, which form part of the so-called Silicon Gorge in the south west of England.

The Next Web
From co-founder to ousted CEO of 500px

Started in the early 2000s as a community on the LiveJournal blogging platform, 500px has become one of the most popular places in the internet to store professional and amateur photos, with more than 50 million images in its archives. Its history, however, has been a bumpy ride, which ended for its co-founder Oleg Gutsol ...

Kyiv Post
Women underpaid, minority in Ukraine tech industry

A woman's role and performance in the world of technology has been a hot topic for many years, and was revisited on Oct. 9 when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made some controversial comments while talking to Maria Klawe at the Grace Hopper Conference in Phoenix.

Stanfy Blog
Apps vs Browser In Mobile News Consumption

Over the past five to ten years, minor and major news outlets all around the world have become very aware first of the possibilities of the Web, and then — the possibilities of mobile.

The Next Web
Blablacar Sizes Up a City-to-City Ridesharing Empire

A significant trend in all parts of the modern world over the past few years, 'the sharing economy' has become a concept that disrupted quite a few major industries, including hospitality, fashion, and transportation. As an example from the latter category, French-born city-to-city ridesharing service Blablacar has been actively expanding lately and raised a massive $100 million funding round in July.

Stanfy Blog
Unobtrusive Salesman, or The Age of Beacons

A bit more than a year ago, in June 2013, a slide was shown at the keynote at Apple's WWDC conference mentioning a word that few people had heard before, iBeacons. In the following months, it became a much-hyped term in the technology press, "the next big thing" that was promised to change the world in general and retail in particular.

The Next Web
With More Than 2,500 Clients, Socialbakers Could Go Public

With social media taking an increasing role in the modern world, social analytics services are seeing a significant boost in demand and, therefore, revenues. A good example is Socialbakers, a six-year old Prague-based company that has raised $34 million in funding to date and has grown to over 300 employees in 13 offices all over the world.

Stanfy Blog
Five of the best mobile IDEs for Android

It totally makes sense to install a set of programming tools on your gadget. In today's post, we've put together some of the best IDEs for Android.

Kyiv Post
Sharing economy gains momentum in Ukraine

It's cheaper to share. That's the basis of a trend known as the sharing economy, in which people split costs for traveling, share clothes and economize in other ways. Ukraine's technology sector is already making money from the sharing economy.

The Next Web
Yandex.Browser is a Bold UI Experiment

Russian internet giant Yandex has launched an alpha version of its new Chromium-based browser for Windows and Mac OS X that incorporates a few interesting ideas of how a modern browser might look. The main difference from the interface of Chrome or Firefox is the ultimate minimalism and the fact that the tabs are moved to the bottom of the page.

Stanfy Blog
10 of the Best Mobile App Prototyping Tools

In the process of iPhone and Android application development, wireframing is extremely important. At the first stage, an initial idea becomes a quick sketch to share with teammates, while later a UI/UX designer can use more sophisticated tools to create a full-featured prototype with transitions, links, and screenflows to model user experience.

The Next Web
Oivo: A Tiny iPhone Charger Powered by AA Batteries

Increasing screen size, RAM, or storage capacity hasn't been a problem for smartphone vendors in recent years, though we can't say the same about battery life, which is often a problem for many users and hasn't increased in line with our increasing reliance on these devices..

The Next Web
Backup your Facebook photos to the cloud with Yandex.Disk

Russian Internet giant Yandex has rolled out a new feature for its cloud storage service Yandex.Disk that allows users to siphon their photos from Facebook, including the ones they're tagged in, to a safe place in the cloud.

Stanfy Blog
Mobile Apps in Education: Big Stakes and Crazy Competition

Schoolchildren and adults willing to learn something new have widely adopted mobile technologies over the past few years. Smartphones and tablets have become not just devices for calling, browsing the Internet and occasionally watching movies while commuting, but gadgets that can replace or at least complement traditional textbooks, lectures, and other conventional study methods.

The Next Web
Petcube Starts Shipping Its Crowdfunded Pet Camera in Time for Christmas

Kickstarter-backed Ukrainian startup Petcube has announced the beginning of shipments of its combined HD webcam, speaker and laser pointer that lets pet owners play with their furry (or sometimes hairless) friends remotely. Starting from today, the device is available for order on Amazon,, and the startup's own website for $199.

Stanfy Blog
Things to Consider When Hiring an App Developer

For any mobile application development company, hiring is an extremely important part of existence, which can get painful if done wrong. Thankfully, there's plenty of advice shared over the Internet about where to look and what to do when considering someone for a mobile app developer position.

Stanfy Blog
Fixing up a custom Android build: Pitfalls and possibilities

Although Android and iOS mobile application development is an exciting and rewarding job by itself, sometimes we need to go deeper and fine-tune a whole operating system so that it satisfies certain business requirements. As this is not something done very often, there are quite many pitfalls and not much advice over the Internet on how to overcome them.

The Next Web
Will Russian Online Music Listeners Go Legit?

With a decades-long history of being one of the countries where online music has been mostly pirated, Russia is now seeing the emergence of music services that offer users a legal way to stream tracks.

Stanfy Blog
Five Essential Tools for Working with Remote Engineering Teams

The new ways of getting work done have long since proved that people do not necessarily have to be located in one place to create amazing products and collaborate efficiently. Many, if not most successful international mobile app development companies work with remote employees or whole teams, and Stanfy is not an exception.

The Next Web
Credit Card Black Market Worth $680m in Ex-USSR

In the former USSR countries, criminal activities with stolen credit cards have created a market of $680,000,000. This accounts for 27 percent of the total high-tech crime market, says a report released by Russian cyber security firm Group-IB, covering the period from July 2013 and June 2014.

The Next Web
14 Apple Devices, 1 Clever Music Video

What happens when a band gets its hands on six iPhones, four iPads, one iPod and three MacBooks? Ukrainian musicians Brunettes Shoot Blondes used their collection of Apple hardware to tell a story about an adorable big-eared creature jumping around the screens to catch up with a girl who doesn't seem to be very fond of him - at first, at least.

The Next Web
Ireland Becomes a Major Destination for European Founders

The last few years saw Ireland not only struggling in efforts to recover its economy, but also becoming a popular destination for major US companies that want to put on a bridge to Europe. Likes of Facebook, Google, and Twitter have created a huge number of jobs in Dublin, making it a significant European technology hub.

The Next Web
CheckiO Launches Coding Game for Python Devs

By looking at the variety of online services for wannabe programmers, it seems like nowadays it is easier to learn how to code than how to cook. There is, however, not much of gamified experience for those who know the craft but still want to stretch their brains instead of playing another few hours in WoW or LoL.

The Next Web
Startups in Russia: Why you Really Can't Ignore the Kremlin

Back in December 2012, we told the story of Russian startup Dream Industries, the founder of which claimed that he was raided by his own partners and the startup's investors. The latter answered with accusations of ineffective management and inappropriate expenditures.

The Next Web
AppInTop Automates Mobile Advertising Chores

Looking at the history of computers and software, it's safe to say that one of the main reasons behind their development was to automate as much as possible, leaving humans to do creative things that machines are unable to accomplish. In the last few decades, automation has touched many areas of our life, from warehouse logistics to software development.

The Next Web
Stamplay: An Easy, IFTTT-like Way to Create Web apps

While growing numbers of children learn to code in school, if not in kindergarten, there's still a lot of we grown-ups whose skills are rudimentary at best and don't go much farther than basic HTML editing.

The Next Web
GitLab is building a business with 0.1% of paying customers

Long-distance relationships are never easy, but it seems to be less so for the relationships between co-founders of tech companies. Living proof of this are the CEO and CTO of GitLab, which provides a self-hosted open-source collaboration platform intended for software developers.

The Next Web
Lunecase: Notifications on the Back of your iPhone

When using phones, we mostly pay attention to the front side of the gadget where the screen is, while its rear isn't usually considered to be of any importance. Ukraine-based startup Concepter, known for its crowdfunded smartphone flash iblazr, has decided to put the back of your iPhone to use by giving it simple notifications for calls and text messages.

The Next Web
Startups and the State: How Eastern Europe Backs Entrepreneurs

Having a healthy level of entrepreneurship in their country is a great thing for governments, not least because it can be a significant source of tax income. However, to reap the fruits you first need to sow - or, relating to governments, to help aspiring startup founders to build their businesses.

The Next Web
Why 'Bandwidth As a Commodity' Could Be a Huge New Market

It is widely believed that while successful tech companies build good products, the real innovation comes from those that build new markets. A typical example of this would be Apple, which can take most of the credit for the mobile app and tablet markets as we know them today.