Update from 2018: Since the story was published, Dream House has won a number of awards and spread out to many cities across Europe. I have stayed there a couple of times myself and my experience couldn’t be more positive 🙂
Back to early 2000. One evening over 6 years ago we were having a cup of tea my friend and fellow Toastmaster Eugene. At that time he was having some trouble arranging an accommodation in Kyiv for his foreign friends. Having traveled all over Europe, I often stay at hostels, hence, I was surprised to find out that there was no decent hostel in Kyiv at that moment.
Time has passed and recently I was even more surprised with the great news that not only had Eugene opened a Dream House Hostel in Kyiv, but his hostel made it to the TOP 10 best large hostels worldwide, according to the Hostelworld ranking.
Recently I have joined Readdle, a mobile app development company that creates cool productivity app. In the previous posts I’ve already mentioned how Readdle’s apps got to be featured by the App Store numerous times.
Recently our marketing director Denys Zhadanov has been working hard on this latest marketing campaign, which turned out to be very successful. Now he has counted the number of daily downloads by country and revealed what it took us to get to the top Apple’s charts.
The marketing campaign was aimed at our app Printer Pro for iPhone, which lets you print from your iPhone to a wireless or USB printer. It’s regular price is $3.99, however, dropping the price to a free app helped us to skyrocket the to #1 on the free apps charts in many countries.
With Stanfy we’ve been in the mobile business for over 4 years now. During this time we’ve seen lots of trends rise and fall, both on the market and in people’s heads. Among the highlights are – greater emphasis on value and better user experience, a clear separation of smartphone and tablet audiences and products for them, and most of all – mobile first. Nevertheless, Android still goes second! Either an established company or a startup which tests their idea with an MVP, business owners start with iPhone, sometimes iPad, and only then comes Android.
“Odesa has it’s own pace of life. We don’t really care about anybody else. We value good stuff. We enjoy the sea, the Sun and good food. Actually, Odesa is something like San Francisco in America. It’s not like any other city,” said my future boss, Odesa native.
In two weeks I moved to Odesa.
I will be honest: in winter it gets really-really cold in Kyiv. So, together with some outdoor activities on your to-do list, it’s important to have a safety plan that includes some nice cozy places to warm up. One of these should definitely be the art Gallery of Lavra.