I received a very interesting letter today. It said: “Effective May 1 2019, AWS will be required to collect Armenian VAT at a rate of 20% on charges incurred by non-business customers with a registered address in Armenia.” Continue reading “Amazon Web Services to collect Armenian VAT of 20%”
Sifted, a website covering startups in Europe, has an excellent piece on Armenia’s tech ecosystem, featuring PicsArt, 2hz and D’efekt (I had no idea about the latter one). Here’s my favorite paragraph from the article, go read the rest yourself 😉
With experienced entrepreneurs returning home from the US and a new generation of engineers attracted to the bustling capital of Yerevan from Russia and Ukraine, Armenia is determined to follow Israel in becoming the next Startup Nation. The two countries certainly share a lot in common: a lack of natural resources, reverence for brain power, technological ingenuity – and antagonistic neighbours. Sandwiched between Turkey and Azerbaijan, with which they are still technically at war, Armenians joke that they would trade 3,000 years of troubled history for a better location.
So I went for a beer with a couple of friends and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain turned up.
Here’s what Bourdain himself had to say about his visit to Armenia.
I travel pretty often, which usually means getting into the “Zvartnots” international aitport in the middle of the night or coming back to darkness and a sleeping city. So much so that I have come to regard our airport as the ‘midnight’ airport.
While some Russian and Ukrainian flights do happen in broad daylight, European flights almost exclusively come at night. This almost makes one feel guilty for leaving the country on the European direction, as it is usually criminal affairs that are committed at those late hours.
Once someone tried to explain these late night flights to me as a cost saving issue. Flights to and from Yerevan are expensive to begin with, so I wonder how much more expensive they would become if we had some daylight flights for a change.
Armenia is ranked only 111th out of 165 nations in a global index that measures the commitment of nations across the world to cyber-security. Continue reading “Armenia ranks 111th among 165 nations in cyber-security index”
If anyone had any doubts, Serzh Sargsyan gave the clearest signal so far about his intentions to stay in power after his second presidential term expires on April 9th. Continue reading “Not Cool. Serzh Sargsyan Confirms Plans To Stay in Power”
There are large crowds gathering in the polling stations in Yerevan and Gyumri today to vote in Russian presidential elections. Check out these photos on Azatutyun.am. Amazing, isn’t it? Continue reading “Armenians Line Up To Elect Putin as Their President”
I just saw this huge banner ad on Yerevan’s central Baghramyan avenue.
Continue reading “Bitcoin Craze Hits Yerevan”
Most cafeterias in Yerevan open at 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning, and its is a challange to find a place to sit if you’re a morning person like me.
Continue reading “The First Client at The Green Bean Coffee Shop”
Armenia’s ranking has registered a significant drop in this year’s World Economic Freedom 2017 report by the Fraser Institute. The country was placed 23rd in the previous report, but it has slipped all the way down to the 29th position. Continue reading “Armenia ranks 29th in World Economic Freedom 2017 report”