Denys Zhadanov, the Vice President of Marketing at Readdle, an Odessa, Ukraine-based startup operating globally, has been featured in the international listing of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 – Europe” tech entrepreneurs released on January 21.
From a rented flat in Ukraine and zero funding, Readdle has built a powerful ecosystem of productivity apps such as Spark, Documents, Scanner Pro, Calendars and PDF Expert, reports Forbes.
Since its inception in 2007, its apps for iPhones, iPads and Macs have grown to be considered “the world-class products that power entire businesses and compete with the biggest and best companies on a global scale” with over 75 million downloads worldwide, the company claims.
Readdle earned the “App of the Year” runner-up award for PDF Expert for Mac from Apple in 2015, and held top positions on the App Store charts for Spark email client.
At Readdle, Denys Zhadanov says he wants to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs, especially from Ukraine, by setting an example.
“With all the negative events in Ukraine (war, corruption) we have to show young people that there is a way to build businesses, study in best schools, follow the dreams and shape democratic society,” Forbes quotes Zhadanov as saying.
This past December, Zhadanov got into Ukrainian 30 under 30 list of 2017 influential young entrepreneurs released by the KyivPost in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
Denys Zhadanov talks about his company, its development and products in an interview in Mike Buryk’s podcast series “Made in Ukraine Tech Startup Edition”.
Other Ukrainian alumni of the Forbes list include Ivan Pasichnyk (2016), cofounder and CEO of Ecoisme, and Dmitriy Zaporozhets (2017), cofounder and CTO of GitLab.