there's a story I want to share.
Some of you may remember me as op for "HAB launches in Ukraine" topic.
It is quite a stupid situation and I don't even know if it fits here but Ill share anyway.
For some time we (our startup Strato Ukraine) were making commercial HAB launches for Ukrainian TV and tech startups. We were sending simple objects to the stratosphere and so on, but I wanted to fly a HAB with an electronic screen or hologram, that would look fresh. So after some brainstorming, the idea came to mind — it was about sending a screen that would display pictures of my friends or just people who will know about the launch
After all, it evolved in a Space Selfie project. The idea was to send 1000 selfies to (space) the stratosphere. It was pretty cool on paper but not that easy to implement.
On the other hand, it was quite expensive to do this kind of project by ourselves so on 25th December 2018, I made a Space Selfie presentation and sent it to some major electronic brands that are big in Ukraine. Among them were Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi.
To make long story short: Samsung Ukraine and their in-house advertising agency Cheil Ukraine were interested in our Space Selfie project, we were having a dialogue till April 30th when they finally Rejected it.
Well, ok. We started preparing Space Selfie by ourselves, buying launch stuff, filming invitation video, even registered a face2space domain for this project.
But suddenly on October 16 I'm finding out Samsung UK is launching Space Selfie project with is a 100% copy of the presentation I've sent them last year! They stole it as it was without even changing anything.
We have already shared this story with Ukrainian media, but I don't think that would make any difference. The guy responsible for Samsung Space Selfie (Benjamin Braun) blocked me on Linkedin after I mentioned that their idea was stolen from us. Ukrainian Samsung tells they don't know anything about it because it is in the UK, not in Ukraine! That was what I wanter to share, thanks for your time.
Dear creators from GSBC, be smarter than us.