Several tech entrepreneurs have fled the United States for Ukraine, where they are supplying troops, assisting civilians in evacuating, and gathering material for blog posts.
Antonio Garcia Martnez, a Nevada-based writer, and former Facebook and Apple employee crossed the border from Poland into Ukraine on Sunday.
Garcia Martnez spent four days in the country’s west, including Lviv. He tweeted, “Wartime Lviv is cleaner and more orderly than [San Francisco] on a good day,” before donating his body armor and supplies to the Ukrainian military and returning to Poland.
“Western Ukraine is not dangerous,” Garcia Martnez told The Post about 20 minutes after crossing the Polish border. “From time to time, there are missile strikes… “However, the city has not been hit at all.”
Three Ukrainian soldiers were laid to rest.
You can hear an air raid siren going off right now if you listen closely.
He stated that he was in Ukraine to gather information for his Substack blog and a magazine article. He attended a funeral for several Ukrainian soldiers and considered continuing east with his interpreter, but decided against it “given the situation in Kyiv right now.”
“I couldn’t stand by and watch as horrific events unfolded in my own home,” former Uber executive Andrey Lisovich said.
“There’s a big media hit I need to do next week, so I need to be back in the US in relatively short order,” added Garcia Martnez, who previously wrote the controversial memoir “Chaos Monkeys” about working at Facebook.
After the war broke out, another techie, former Uber executive Andrey Lisovich, fled California for his hometown of Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine.
Lisovich told TMZ that he is assisting in the coordination of supplies for the Ukrainian military, including clothing, food, and shoes.
“I couldn’t sit idly by while horrific events unfolded in my own home,” said Lisovich, who served as CEO of Uber’s on-demand staffing division Uber Works until 2020. “I’m here because I’ve witnessed Zelensky’s willingness to fight, and his bravery is contagious.”
Zaporizhzhia is located in southeastern Ukraine, close to Russian positions in Kherson and Melitopol. It is named after a nearby nuclear power plant that was shelled and captured earlier this month by Russian forces.
Lisovich, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, told TMZ that he has a will written on his laptop in case he is killed.
Dwight Crow, an ex-Facebook product manager, was spotted last week in the besieged Kyiv suburb of Irpin, where he was wearing a helmet and body armor and assisting in the evacuation of civilians.
“When I saw the invasion, I literally bought a plane ticket and flew here as fast as possible,” Crow told CNN. “This is like the biggest fight for liberty I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“It’s scary, you know, when you hear the bombs going off,” Crow said. “But at the same time, there are people a lot closer to it than us, and they’re really the ones who are really in danger; we’re just doing our part to get them out of here.”
Crow is the co-founder and chairman of the board of Whisper.ai, a Sequoia Capital-backed startup that develops artificial intelligence-assisted hearing aids. He did not respond to a request for comment.