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Russian girls who achieved success in Silicon Valley, but were not told about them in the film by Yuri Dudy
Russian girls who achieved success in Silicon Valley, but were not told about them in the film by Yuri Dudy

Popular blogger Yuri Dud shot an inspiring program about successful Russian-speaking guys from Silicon Valley. It is unlikely that the author of the program did not specifically mention the girls, but in social networks there were immediately calls to help Dudyu find out what success women from Russia had achieved in the famous valley. Here are just a few people about whom the program could also be filmed. Separately about each.

Evgeniya Kuyda: the future belongs to digital copies of a person

The most famous Russian woman in Silicon Valley constantly flashes in the Russian press. “The Girl Who Resurrected a Friend as a Chatbot,” recommends one of her headlines. She talks about empathy in robots, draws a future where a digital copy of a dear person is an important part of life, and at the same time promotes healthy eating, since so many views are turned on her.

The brainchild of Evgenia Kuyda is the Replika project. It is easy to guess that this is artificial intelligence, copying to some extent human behavior. Everything in order to conduct conversations as a person, and not as well-known interlocutor robots with female names. Briefly - a new generation chatbot. It began as a purely text project, but now the ability to speak with a replica voice is being developed - for many it is psychologically important. “Already now, several tens of thousands of people daily communicate with a personal virtual friend, build relationships with him, tell something about themselves,” Kuida shares his progress with Inc.

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There are two parallel stories of Replika. Romantic - that with the help of the project Kuida tried to return her deceased friend to herself, to continue to communicate with him. And the business one - that it was conceived as a chatbot for effectively communicating with the customers of the telephone company. Once in Russia, Evgenia also tried to launch an application in which you could mark who you bribed and in what amount. It hasn't skyrocketed, but it does so with 9 out of 10 startups in Silicon Valley.

Evgenia Kuida herself is from Moscow, both of her parents are entrepreneurs. In Russia, she was known as a columnist for "Afisha" (and not only), and at one time, a mocking passage about the delicate, subtle smell of floor rags in the cafe of Tema Lebedev was quoted by people with great pleasure. In January 2020, Kuida delighted her admirers with wedding photographs: a certain artist became her chosen one. The wedding took place, of course, in San Francisco itself, but Evgenia is going to play the second in Moscow, at home.

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Katya Stesin: a woman's leg is a serious matter

Katya also came to the USA from Moscow. When she decided to conquer America, she was only twenty-three years old. Having received an engineering and economics education, Stesin thoroughly prepared for a life and career in Silicon Valley. Her start was not easy - plans were thwarted several times because of partners, but now her FitAny project seems really cool.

Many women around the world are tormented by choosing shoes according to their feet - it is not enough to know your size in length, and, as a rule, they do not write anything else on shoes. FitAny is a device that measures a foot embedded in it according to several parameters, literally taking measurements in 3D, and then can tell you exactly which shoe is right for you. Also FitAny is an app that notifies you when a matching pair of shoes is on sale.

FitAny device

In the future, the FitAny system should become popular for online shoe shopping - without frustration or tedious fitting under the gaze of a courier. In the meantime, the device most of all looks like a lunch box for Japanese kids. Surprisingly, Stesin herself is a small fan of shopping and shoes. She just decided that new domestic challenges require new solutions.

Marina Mogilko: a journey for language

A native of St. Petersburg and now a resident of San Francisco, she did not study engineering, but she did not pass by the exact sciences - she has a mathematical education. But she had always loved languages ​​much more than mathematics. Not surprisingly, she created the LinguaTrip project - a platform for searching and, more importantly, booking language courses abroad. The site promises a choice of 2,500 courses in three countries in four languages ​​(for now, there will be more) at prices much lower than in language schools, as well as assistance with obtaining a visa. "For example, 2 weeks of English with accommodation", suggests the inscription on the home page.

In addition to language courses, assistance is also offered with obtaining higher education in the USA, Canada, Great Britain and, unexpectedly, the Czech Republic, and various kinds of online courses. But the uniqueness of the project lies precisely in the fact that with its help, without coordinating thousands of factors on your own, you can go to language courses by choosing them in advance. People love to be led by the hand through the jungle of bureaucracy and communication with a dozen responsible persons. This is what the project offers.

Thanks to him, Mogilko lives on the thirty-third floor in a skyscraper in San Francisco, and once she had to huddle in a room in a communal apartment on the Black River, where she had to wash in a basin, and neighbors, out of harm, poured a handful of salt into the soup on the stove. Unlike many other startups, Marina does not advise with a bright smile to “just” find an investor for her idea, but invites girls to work on their projects after work and on weekends. Oddly enough, it sounds more encouraging. And in the United States, she left at one time literally with the last money: pan or disappear!

Marina Mogilko and Dmitry Polyako, creators of the LinguaTrip project. Photo from social networks

In fact, there are many more of these names

You can also remember Sasha Johnson (formerly Denisov) from Vladivostok - she is investing in Silicon Valley projects, not directly developing, and Sasha Proshina from Tomsk working on the cutting edge project working with genetic diseases, Sanofi Genzyme. In 2020, this project, like many, has tackled the problem of coronavirus.

In addition to Kuida, a former Muscovite is working on the development of artificial intelligence Anastasia Sartan - only her bot Epytom specializes not in talking with people, but in the work of a stylist. In 2016, he began giving Facebook users advice on the selection of clothes. This bot takes into account where and in what weather a person needs to dress and what he has in his wardrobe. Slightly more than half of its users are men, probably because women find it easier to ask for advice from real people, for example, girlfriends. The Epytom project grew into Maison Me, where users could make custom-made clothes for themselves, and StyleHacks, a voice assistant for the selection of clothes.

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Dagestan-born product innovator at Netflix Albina Itskhoki… Among the founders of the SVOD conference, where investors and startups are "brought together" - Tatiana Fedorova. Natalia Karayaneva Is the founder of Propy, which allows investors to buy real estate through blockchain-based deals (and real estate deals are some of the fattest in California and San Francisco). About both, the Internet claims that they are Russians. And the list goes on.

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