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Tech in Minsk

Over the past year I have been working on setting up an R&D center in Minsk, Belarus.  Belarus, like Russia has a strong STEM education and produces a good amount of talented software engineers.  It is clear that Belarus recognizes the importance of the technology in their economy but still needs some economic reforms to become a serious technical hub.


I stumbled across Minsk by accident.  While being of Russian heritage, I never had any friends or family in Minsk and have never been there before my visit last year.  The FinTech company I joined last year (Ethos) had a few contractors there who were working on one of the products.  My first goal was to figure out if committing to an engineering center in Minsk was worth the trouble.  The short answer is: yes.

Minsk has a number of universities that produce software, electrical and mechanical engineers.  There have been a number of companies like Viber who have large offices in Minsk and there seems to be a community of software e…