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  • ITMO Grad and AI Factory Co-Founder Greg Tkachenko: Startups Are the Cure for Burnout

    Greg Tkachenko graduated with a Master's degree from ITMO University's Information Technologies and Programming Faculty in 2017, but he achieved his first professional successes while still a student. As a second-year student, Greg, along with a few other students of the Computer Technologies Department, was invited to take part in an internship at Yandex, where he spent almost two and a half years. Then, he received offers from Mail.ru Group and Facebook, which he turned down to work on the startup AI Factory, which he co-founded with Alexander Mashrabov and Victor Shaburov. In December 2019, the company was acquired by Snapchat’s parent company Snap for $166 million. Greg Tkachenko sat down for a chat with ITMO.NEWS and told us where to find ideas for your tech startup and how to deal with failure.

    12.02.2020

  • Internship at Facebook: ITMO Students Share Their Stories

    Every year, ITMO University students participate in academic exchanges and do internships in major international companies, such as Google, Facebook, and Yandex, to name but a few. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, students from the Information Technologies and Programming Faculty share their experiences from participating in an internship at Facebook.

    20.11.2019

  • MemSQL Founder Nikita Shamgunov: Companies Fight for Time Users Spend in Front of Their Screens

    400 million dollars is, hands down, a huge wad of money. It is also the price of the company MemSQL, which specializes in database accelerators. Now a big name in the field, it was founded by a former Microsoft and Facebook engineer Nikita Shamgunov, who took it to the world’s largest business incubator for startups, Y Combinator. Having gained support of the influential tech investor Yuri Milner and achieved large contracts with Sony, Uber and Samsung, the entrepreneur doesn’t think of stopping anytime soon. In a recent interview with The Bell, he shared about his educational background, sports programming wins and plans for the future. ITMO.NEWS put down the keynotes.

    14.03.2019

  • How a Russian Teenager Cracked Nation's Largest Social Network in His Spare Time

    Ilya Glebov is 17 years old. This spring he graduated from one of the best school in Monchegorsk – a small town in Murmansk Oblast with a population of over 40 thousand people. While preparing for his Unified State Exam (USE) in computer science, he stumbled upon an article about a vulnerability in Facebook’s security system that made possible the hacking of nearly all of the accounts on the social network. He decided to try the same “trick”, as Ilya calls it, with VK. Eventually he discovered that such a vulnerability was also present in the Russian social network. Ilya was rewarded with two thousand dollars for his discovery and he received one more thousand from ICQ’s bug-bounty program after it was revealed that that platform was, too, susceptible to this method. However, Ilya will only be able to get his money after he turns 18. Right now he is planning to enrol in a university to study information security. He spoke to ITMO.NEWS about how he managed to find a flaw in Russia’s biggest social networks in between studying.

    21.07.2017

  • Hey, Buddy, What’s Up in Google?

    We’ve interviewed three ITMO’s IT students about the best things about working at Google and Facebook. Anton Kovsharov, IgnatLoscutov and RuslanTkhakokhov talked about benefits of internships at these giants and some interesting details of their projects.

    02.11.2016

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