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.”
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.
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.
Sixty-nine percent of Armenian households have a computer, and the same proportion have an internet connection, according to the new survey published by the National Statistics service.
In Armenia, 33% of adults in 2011 reported having home internet access, according to Gallup surveys conducted in 148 countries. This is by 1 percentage point more than the global average, which stands at 32% according to the same source.
The Armenian hacker group has celebrated Armenia’s independence by hacking a bunch of Azerbaijani websites again.
PS: I like the background music. Looks like my good friends – Bambir are singin! :))
I’ve been complaining quite a lot recently – going through automated instructions, patiently waiting for the operator, complaining, complaining on to the next official on the line and then on to the next one. And none of my frustrations seems to find a solution.
An innovative, open media studio in the heart of Yerevan opened its doors to Armenian teenagers on August 14, 2011. Today, a year later, the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies has much to boast about, including a creative contribution to the official video for a world-class musician – Serj Tankian.
Katy Pearce, PHD, a good friend and a dedicated researcher of Armenian technology world, has put together a great presentation on the two most popular social networking sites in Armenia: Facebook and Odnoklassniki.