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What Is The Net Native Model?

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My partner Brad is fond of reminding us at USV that taking the offline model for something and porting it to the web is not often the best way to build a business online. John Markoff's piece in the New York Times on online education got me thinking about that...
What Is The Net Native Model?

With new Android app, language-learning startup Duolingo looks to double user base

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Android users with aspirations of learning another language have a new app to check out. About six months after rolling out an iOS app, Duolingo on Wednesday launched its Android app. Created by Recaptcha founder and Carnegie Mellon professor Luis von Ahn, Duolingo helps people learn languages while translating real-world...
With new Android app, language-learning startup Duolingo looks to double user base

Babbel raises $10M to step up language-learning fight against Rosetta Stone

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Lesson Nine, the German company behind online and app-based language-learning platform Babbel.com, has picked up a $10 million Series B funding round that it intends to use for international expansion. Babbel’s strongest market is in its home country, but the plan now is to push into the Americas, the rest...
Babbel raises $10M to step up language-learning fight against Rosetta Stone

eProf Puts Teachers In Control Of Live, Interactive Online Classrooms

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The education sector rarely if ever gets enough attention. It’s simply not as sexy as social, mobile, local, but the tides are changing in a huge way in EdTech, and co-founder and CEO of eProf Trevor Koverko has plans to ride that wave. eProf is an online education tool...
eProf Puts Teachers In Control Of Live, Interactive Online Classrooms
Duolingo, a free translation and language-learning site, picks up $15M

A chat with our first speaker for TNW Conference Europe 2013: Tim Ferriss, leader of the cult of productivity

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As the 2013 edition of The Next Web Conference Europe approaches, we’ll be announcing some of the speakers who will be joining us on the 25th and 26th of April. The first name that we’re happy to reveal is none other than Mr Tim Ferriss. Tim has made his name as...
A chat with our first speaker for TNW Conference Europe 2013: Tim Ferriss, leader of the cult of productivity

Study: Learning Spanish With Duolingo Can Be More Effective Than College Classes Or Rosetta Stone

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Education is quickly moving online, but we haven’t seen all that many studies that actually look into the effectiveness of these new forms of online learning. To see how its program performed, the language learning service Duolingo, founded by CAPTCHA inventor Luis von Ahn, commissioned a study (PDF)into the effectiveness...
Study: Learning Spanish With Duolingo Can Be More Effective Than College Classes Or Rosetta Stone

DuoLingo iPhone App

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Our portfolio company DuoLingo has released its first mobile app, DuoLingo for iPhone. Language learning is definitely something that lends itself to doing here and there when you have some downtime, like standing in line, sitting on the train, waiting for the movie to start. So if you really want...
DuoLingo iPhone App

Duolingo Adds Offline Mode And Speech Recognition To Its Mobile App

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Duolingo, the popular language-learning service founded by CAPTCHA co-inventor and reCAPTCHA founder Luis von Ahn, just launched the latest version of its mobile app for the iPhone. This new version introduces an offline mode, so users can now do their lessons on the subway and on planes, as well as...
Duolingo Adds Offline Mode And Speech Recognition To Its Mobile App

Language Learning Service Duolingo Launches Its First iPhone App

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The language learning service Duolingo currently has about 300,000 active users and continues to grow rapidly. Starting today, the service’s users will also be able to work through their lessons on their iPhones, as the company just launched its first mobile app. Just like the web version, the mobile app...
Language Learning Service Duolingo Launches Its First iPhone App

Rosetta Stone cracks Livemocha, buys online language community for $8.5M

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Seattle online language community Livemocha has been acquired by Rosetta Stone for $8.5 million in cash. The deal is hardly a home run , given that six-year-old Livemocha had raised more than $14 million in venture capital over the years. It’s also an odd pairing given some of the biting...
Rosetta Stone cracks Livemocha, buys online language community for $8.5M

Educational Game Maker MindSnacks Wins $6.5M From Sequoia Capital

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MindSnacks, which makes language learning and test prep apps for iOS, has raised $6.5 million from Sequoia Capital to expand into categories like geography and math. The San Francisco-based company’s games, which have been downloaded more than four million times, are generally free to download and cost $4.99 to upgrade to more...
Educational Game Maker MindSnacks Wins $6.5M From Sequoia Capital

Online English-learning program Nulu raises $1.75 million as it takes off in Latin America

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Nulu, a startup that’s taking on the global English as a Second Language (ESL) market, has closed a $1.75 million seed funding round as its Spanish-English online learning program is experiencing rapid growth in Latin America. Teaching either English or Spanish, Nulu provides daily content such as news articles and...
Online English-learning program Nulu raises $1.75 million as it takes off in Latin America

Duolingo translates the Internet for free

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The free language-learning service that doubles as a crowdsourced text-translation platform will open to the public on June 19. [Read more]...
Duolingo translates the Internet for free

Prepare for your next vacation with TripLingo

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TripLingo is an iOS app from the company of the same name. It has been around for a little while, but recently launched a significant “Version 2.0″ update that saw it take a feature spot in the “New and Noteworthy” section of the App Store. It’s available now as a...
Prepare for your next vacation with TripLingo

Last Week in Betabeat: Dating Site Scammers, Marissa Mayer Waxes Inspirational, and SF-NYC Transfers

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Too busy to check your daily Betabeat? Here are the highlights from last week, as selected by the editors. • Is Your Dating Site Selling Your Profile? To keep membership high, niche sites get sly. • Marissa Mayer on Misconceptions That Hold Back Women in Tech and Why She Doesn’t ‘Believe in Burnout’ "My...
Last Week in Betabeat: Dating Site Scammers, Marissa Mayer Waxes Inspirational, and SF-NYC Transfers

Seattle super angels sink cash in shopping app Zoomingo

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Shirish Nadkarni Some of Seattle’s top angel investors are tossing their support behind Zoomingo, the mobile shopping application developed by serial entrepreneur Shirish Nadkarni. Investing in the new round are former Facebook general counsel Rudy Gadre, former Smilebox CEO Andrew Wright and former Twango CEO Serena Glover. Total funding in...
Seattle super angels sink cash in shopping app Zoomingo

reCAPTCHA Founder's Duolingo Teaches Languages While Crowdsourcing Translation

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Luis von Ahn, the crowdsourcing pioneer who developed reCAPTCHA has come up with the perfect crowdsourcing project. His new company Duolingo aims teaches people how to speak languages by reading, writing, speaking and listening to translations of Web content. The byproduct of that activity, if all goes well, will be...
reCAPTCHA Founder's Duolingo Teaches Languages While Crowdsourcing Translation

News: Accio releases Mega Multilingual Word Find

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Accio has released Mega Multilingual Word Find, a new word search game with a multilingual spin. The app features 20 categories, 10 languages and four board levels for hours or gameplay and language aficionados can unlock additional language packs to mix and match words from different languages, such as...
News: Accio releases Mega Multilingual Word Find

Duolingo Raises $15M Series B Round Lead By NEA, Will Expand To More Languages And To Mobile Soon

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Duolingo, the language learning and crowd-sourced translation service founded by reCAPTCHA founder and Carnegio Mellon professor Luis von Ahn, just announced that it has raised a $15 million Series B round led by NEA, with participation from Union Square Ventures. The service never took any angel funding, but it raised...
Duolingo Raises $15M Series B Round Lead By NEA, Will Expand To More Languages And To Mobile Soon

reCaptcha Founder’s Language Learning Site Duolingo To Open To The Public On June 19

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At TechCrunch Disrupt New York this morning, Luis von Ahn, the founder of the ambitious free language learning and text translation site Duolingo, announced that the site will come out of private beta on June 19. Duolingo was founded by reCaptcha founder Luis von Ahn in 2011. The site opened...
reCaptcha Founder’s Language Learning Site Duolingo To Open To The Public On June 19

The Pitch Season 2, Episode Eight: Instreamia - Language Learning Made Easy

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Moshi Moshi! Time to learn a new language, perhaps? Cofounders and brothers Scott and Ryan Rapp want you to parler francais (or Japanese or Spanish or Portugese) using their online language-learning platform, Instreamia. The educational app uses online videos to create contextualized teaching moments. So while you crank up Shakira or...
The Pitch Season 2, Episode Eight: Instreamia - Language Learning Made Easy

Open English raises $43 million to teach English online across Latin America

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Open English has secured a $43 million round led by Insight Venture Partners, the Miami-based startup revealed today. As you may remember, Open English is a language learning platform that sells a one-year subscription to learners, who get full access to its website and online classes. Interestingly, it decided to primarily...
Open English raises $43 million to teach English online across Latin America
PlaySay: Social Language Learning App Launches With $820k And A HarperCollins Deal In Its Pocket

Europe's premier games-only accelerator is giving six startups all the right tools for success

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GameFounders is giving six startups a big boost today. Launched in July, the organization is Europe’s first business accelerator devoted to gaming. Juhan Parts, the minister of economic affairs of Estonia, is opening the first season, which includes six teams of 20 people. They have moved to Tallinn, the...
Europe's premier games-only accelerator is giving six startups all the right tools for success

Duolingo's Dual Language Learning and Translation Service Gets a $15M Endorsement From VCs

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Duolingo, the ambitious new crowdsourcing start-up from CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA co-creator Luis von Ahn, now has $15 million more in the bank. The Pittsburgh-based company’s Series B round was led by New Enterprise Associates and included return backer Union Square Ventures. If it works, Duolingo could be one of the...
Duolingo's Dual Language Learning and Translation Service Gets a $15M Endorsement From VCs

Creative code: “Silenc” uses Processing to visualize how much of a language is silent

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Back in elementary school, we learned all about silent letters — or letters that are never pronounced,  like “knee” and “answer.” Silent letters play a curious role in many western languages, and this inspired Manas Karambelkar, Momo Miyazaki and Kenneth A. Robertsen to develop “Silenc” with creative coding tool and...
Creative code: “Silenc” uses Processing to visualize how much of a language is silent

Duolingo raises $15M for language learning and crowdsourced translation

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Computer scientist and entrepreneur Luis von Ahn has already put the crowd to work identifying images online and digitizing books. Now, the founder of ESP Game (which became Google Image Labeler) and Recaptcha is determined to get them to translate the entire web – while they learn a new language....
Duolingo raises $15M for language learning and crowdsourced translation
5 big reasons Rosetta Stone's buy-out of LiveMocha was a mistake
Six Years In, Language Learning Site Italki Finds Its Angels
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