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Extra Crunch roundup: How Duolingo became an edtech leader

The pandemic has just pushed edtech mainstream, but language-learning startup Duolingo had already spent the past decade figuring out how to build a successful edtech app. In our latest installment of the EC-1 series, Natasha Mascarenhas goes deep with the company to understand how it found product-market fit, then figured out how to grow like a consumer tech startup and monetize like a SaaS startup. After a record 2020, the Pittsburgh-based company also opened up about its plans for the future,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Utah, Education, Ipo, Boston, Tech, CMO, Bloomberg, Paypal, United States, Nba, Square, Holland, SEC


The product-led growth behind edtech’s most downloaded app

Duolingo CEO and co-founder Luis von Ahn was tired of the gray and dreary design aesthetic edtech companies used to emulate universities. Instead, he and the company’s early team sought inspiration from games like Angry Birds and Clash Royale, looking to build a class that screamed more cartoon anarchy than lecture hall. From that frenetic creativity came the company’s distinctive mascot: a childish and rebellious evergreen-colored owl named Duo. Duolingo didn’t just throw out the old colors tho...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Angry Birds, Pittsburgh, Luis Von Ahn, Tyler Murphy, Super Mario Brothers, Ahn, EC-1, EC Edtech, Duo Duolingo


How Duolingo became fluent in monetization

As its meandering route to monetization will demonstrate, Duolingo isn’t mission-oriented, it’s mission-obsessed. Co-founders Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker never wanted to charge consumers for access to Duolingo content, a purpose imbued throughout the company’s culture. For years in order to work at Duolingo, you had to be comfortable with joining a company in Pittsburgh that was in no rush to make money. The startup, filled with education enthusiasts and mission-driven employees, became “ver...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Brazil, Silicon Valley, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Sand Hill Road, Pittsburgh, Gordon, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Luis, Luis Von Ahn


Duolingo can’t teach you how to speak a language, but now it wants to try

Duolingo has been wildly successful. It has pulled in 500 million total registered learners, 40 million active users, 1.5 million premium subscribers and $190 million in booked revenues in 2020. It has a popular and meme-ified mascot in the form of the owl Duo, a creative and engaging product, and ambitious plans for expansion.There’s just one key question in the midst of all those milestones: Does anyone actually learn a language using Duolingo? “Language is first and foremost a social, relatio...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Obama, Tech, Edtech, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Babbel, Pittsburgh, Language Learning, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Busuu, EC-1, Bernhard Niesner


How a bot-fighting test turned into edtech’s most iconic brand, Duolingo

Luis von Ahn, an entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to scaling free education, has probably annoyed you more than once. In fact, you’ve likely been annoyed by his work dozens and maybe hundreds of times over the years. A decade before he co-founded the whimsical and language-learning app Duolingo, one of the most popular education apps in the world with over 500 million downloads and 40 million active users, he was building the technology that would become CAPTCHA, those human-annoying bu...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Education, Yahoo, Tech, Duke, Edtech, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Guatemala City, Luis Von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Ahn


The Duolingo EC-1

Education may well be the most important activity we conduct as a society — and it may also be the hardest space to build a startup in. Selling to school districts and universities is notoriously difficult, but enticing consumers is even harder. Learning takes focus, patience, tenacity and resources, and most consumers would prefer to watch some lip-sync videos on TikTok than stare at math equations (not to mention that such entertainment is free). Engagement and education feel aggressively at o...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Mascarenhas, Luis Von Ahn, Danny Crichton, EC-1, Richard Dal Porto, EC Edtech, Natasha Mascarenhas Mascarenhas, Nigel Sussman Duolingo


The 20 best US schools for business and management studies

Steven Senne/AP QS Quacquarelli Symonds just released its annual world ranking of the best schools for 51 subjects. Harvard University ranked at the top of the business and management ranking. The following are the top 20 US schools from this ranking and where they placed on the global list. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Global higher education research company QS Quacquarelli Symonds just released the 11th annual World University Rankings by Subject.QS published...
Tags: Business, Texas, Education, Stanford, New York City, US, Careers, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Mit, Chicago, Harvard, Harvard University, Cambridge, Philadelphia


The 20 best US schools for computer science and information systems

SeanPavonePhoto/Getty Images QS Quacquarelli Symonds published its World University Rankings by Subject on Wednesday. MIT ranked at the top of the computer science and information systems ranking. These are the top US schools for computer science and information systems. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Global higher education research company QS Quacquarelli Symonds just published its 11th annual rankings of the best global colleges and universities for 51 differen...
Tags: Education, Stanford, New York City, US, Careers, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Features, Mit, Chicago, Cambridge, Columbia University, University Of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Computer Science


A Tour of U.S. Accents: Bostonian, Philadelphese, Gullah Creole & Other Intriguing Dialects

You don’t have an accent — or rather, everyone has an accent, but we don’t notice our own, especially if we associate mostly with people of similar cultural backgrounds. For however we might like to describe ourselves, the way we speak reveals who we are: as dialect coach Erik Singer puts it in the Wired video above, “Accent is identity.” Among the forces shaping that identity he names not just geography but socioeconomic background, generation, ethnicity and race, and other “individual ...
Tags: Google, College, Boston, New York City, Pennsylvania, Language, North America, Seoul, Rhode Island, Pittsburgh, English Language, Philly, Facebook Twitter, Ocracoke North Carolina, Blanche DuBois, Scarlett O'Hara


Language learning app Duolingo confirms it has raised $35M on a $2.4B valuation

Last week, we reported that popular language learning app Duolingo, with 500 million total app downloads​, was raising $35 million on a valuation of at least $2.21 billion — the latest chapter in what has become a long book on how e-learning and other education startups are raking in big audiences and significant funding, a byproduct of the Covid-19 pandemic driving more people indoors and on to screens for all of their interactions. (Fittingly, Duolingo’s details were part of a bigger scoop ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, London, Education, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Netflix, Atlantic, Edtech, General Atlantic, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Language Learning, Trump, Luis


Today is the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shooting. Here's what happened.

The killings marked the height of escalating tensions between protestors and police in Kent, Ohio, during the spring of 1970.Despite how the culture views the tragedy today, the majority of Americans sided with the National Guard shortly after the incident.To this day, nobody knows exactly why the guardsmen decided to open fire on the crowd of students. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Kent State massacre, in which the National Guard killed four students during a protest against the Vi...
Tags: Congress, College, New York City, America, Society, History, Fbi, United States, Innovation, Protests, Manhattan, Cambodia, Ohio, Vietnam, Kent, UC Berkeley


How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built: The Story of One of the Greatest Engineering Feats in History

When Emily Roebling walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on May 24th, 1883, the first person to cross its entire span, she capped a family saga equal parts triumph and tragedy, a story that began sixteen years earlier when her father-in-law, German-American engineer John Augustus Roebling, began design work on the bridge. Roebling had already built suspension bridges over the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, the Niagara River between New York and Canada, and the Kentucky River. But the brid...
Tags: Google, Europe, New York, College, Washington, New York City, History, Canada, Brooklyn Bridge, Gettysburg, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter, Emily, Barnum, East River, Union Army


The Strange, Spiritual Origins of the Ouija Board

Even as an avid horror movie fan, I find it hard to suspend disbelief when Ouija boards show up, and they show up often enough, in classics like The Exorcist and modern favorites like Paranormal Activity. Ouija boards have always seemed more like wands with plastic flowers in them than telegraphs to the afterlife or the infernal abyss. But I grew up with people who considered it a gateway to hell, just as spiritualists have considered it a portal to the beyond, where their dead relatives...
Tags: Google, College, White House, America, History, Smithsonian, Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, Vox, Pittsburgh, Ouija, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Mary Todd Lincoln, Ouija Board, Durham NC Follow


A few things you might not know about Mister Rogers’ legendary TV career

Body of work Fred Rogers began working in television in the early 1950s. He had his first 15-minute television program in Canada from 1963-67. The characters he developed there were the basis for what became “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” that went on to have 31 TV seasons. Sweater collection This red knit cardigan worn by Fred Rogers is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Rogers’ sweaters were made by his mother until she died in 1981. She made him a new one each Christ...
Tags: TV, News, Education, Congress, Infographic, Sport, Things To Do, Canada, Soccer, Smithsonian, Pbs, Costa, Rogers, Pittsburgh, Daniel, Fred Rogers


Take a Visual Journey Through 181 Years of Street Photography (1838-2019)

All of us here in the 2010s have, at one time or another, been street photographers. But up until 1838, nobody had ever been a street photographer. In that year when camera phones were well beyond even the ken of science fiction, Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype process and one of the fathers of photography itself, took the first photo of a human being. In so doing he also became the first street photographer, capturing as his picture did not just a human being but the u...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Photography, New York, London, College, America, San Francisco, History, Paris, Middle East, Sydney, Montreal, Seoul, British Empire


Watch what happens when vaccinations drop by 10%

Universities of South Florida and Pittsburgh publish an online immunization simulator. The simulator shows the stunning effect of even small drops in vaccination rates. It's not just anti-vaxxers threatening community health. There are economic and geographical factors as well. None While vaccinations are administered to individuals, the benefit they provide extends beyond the recipient to the entire community in which they reside. They strengthen community immunity, or "herd immunity," by mak...
Tags: Health, Florida, Education, Cdc, Public Health, Brooklyn, Innovation, MMR, Community, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, Medicaid, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, USF


When Fred Rogers and Francois Clemmons Broke Down Race Barriers on a Historic Episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1969)

Last year’s Fred Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, propelled François Clemmons—better known to generations of Mister Rogers Neighborhood viewers as Officer Clemmons—back into the international spotlight. One of the most striking anecdotes in the doc concerns a 1969 episode in which Mister Rogers, who was white, invited Officer Clemmons, who is black, to join him in soaking his bare feet in a backyard baby pool on a hot summer’s day. It was one of those giant leaps for ma...
Tags: Google, Television, College, Life, New York City, History, Pbs, Vanity Fair, Rogers, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter, Fred, Fred Rogers, Electric Company, Roger, Middlebury College


Watch Four Daring Films by Lois Weber, “the Most Important Female Director the American Film Industry Has Known” (1913-1921)

These days, every cinephile can name more than a few women among their favorite living filmmakers: Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Agnès Varda — the list goes on. But if we look farther back into cinema history, coming up with examples becomes much more difficult. There's Ida Lupino, previously featured here on Open Culture, whose The Hitch-Hiker made her the only female director of a 1950s film noir, but before her? No name from that early era is more importa...
Tags: Google, New York, Film, College, Wikipedia, History, Seoul, Pittsburgh, Gretel, Weber, Facebook Twitter, Griffith, Ida Lupino, Colin Marshall, Alice Guy Blaché, Lotte Reiniger


Hautelinks: Best Celeb Halloween Looks, New iPhone Emojis, How to Ace Phone Interviews, & More

Refinery 29 has a much-needed list of resources for how to help the survivors of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.From Glamour: Voters Don't Come Out for Midterm Elections— But That Could Change This Year. Here's what celebrities wore for Halloween this year. Did you have a favorite costume? And here are the best celeb Halloween beauty looks, via Byrdie.We can't forget about furbabies, either: 19 of The Most Adorable Costumes Worn By Pets This Halloween.From the experts at InStyle: 5 Easy Way...
Tags: Apple, News, College, Nike, Gucci, Pittsburgh, Rory Gilmore, Hautelinks, Izzy Bizu, Sabrina Charmed


College Football Player Dies After Jumping From 16th Story Dorm Window

A college football player died last week after he jumped from the 16th floor of his dorm room.21-year-old Marquis Brown—a junior running back at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—was reportedly being questioned by campus police in Brottier Hall in response to an altercation on the 16th floor Thursday (Oct. 4) when he jumped out of the window. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in critical condition pronounced dead.“It is with great sadness that I report that we had a tragedy on campus ...
Tags: News, College, Washington, Sports, University, Pennsylvania, Williams, Deaths, Jazz, College sports, College Students, College Football, Pittsburgh, Brown, KDKA TV, Mercy Hospital


John Turturro Introduces America to the World Wide Web in 1999: Watch A Beginner’s Guide To The Internet

There are only two kinds of story, holds a quote often attributed to Leo Tolstoy: a man goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town. When it set about producing A Beginner's Guide to the Internet, a "community service video" geared to viewers unfamiliar with the World Wide Web, internet portal company Lycos went with the latter. That stranger, a history teacher and aspiring comedian named Sam Levin, comes to a town named Tick Neck, Pennsylvania, his car having broken down early in a c...
Tags: Google, Film, College, America, History, United States, Web/Tech, David Bowie, Las Vegas, Telefonica, Seoul, Sam, Leo Tolstoy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter


Facebook opening new AI lab in Seattle as it hires UW professor

Facebook is opening new AI labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, after hiring three professors from the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University. Its efforts are adding to pressure on universities and nonprofit AI research operations that are struggling to retain talent.
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, News, Education, Seattle, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, University of Washington, UW


This Mercyhurst Student is Giving Us Casual OOTD Inspo

High-waisted jeans and crop tops, one of our all-time favorite combinations.Every girl has a go-to outfit. You know the one; it works for almost any event and always looks amazing on you. This edgy outfit is Cara's number one choice whether she's headed to class or out on the town. Talk about versatility! Cara 101 Name: CaraSchool: Mercyhurst University Major: Interior Architecture Year: JuniorHometown: Pittsburgh, PA  Let's Talk Fashion Who or what inspires your style? "I love Lucy Hale, Sele...
Tags: College, Selena Gomez, American Eagle, Pittsburgh, Don, Northeast, Cara, Tilly, Mercyhurst University, Streetwear, Campus Style, Looks on Campus, Vans, Edgy, Motorcycle Jacket, Spring 2018


Adults, it’s your move, students say after historic walkouts

By COLLIN BINKLEY Associated Press They bowed their heads in honor of the dead. They carried signs with messages like “Never again” and “Am I next?” They railed against the National Rifle Association and the politicians who support it. And over and over, they repeated the message: Enough is enough. In a wave of protests one historian called the largest of its kind in American history, tens of thousands of students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand action on gun violence and scho...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, Protest, Education, Minneapolis, Congress, Colorado, Youtube, Washington, Oregon, La, Senate, White House, Boston, New York City


Looks on Campus: Veronica - Mercyhurst University

Feminine in floral prints.It's time to break out the florals because spring is knocking on our door. Veronica is ready for the warm weather with this bright outfit, but still dressing for the chilly temps in her pastel jacket. Veronica 101 Name: VeronicaHometown: Pittsburgh, PAYear: Freshman Major: Fashion Merchandising School: Mercyhurst University  Let's Talk Fashion Who or what inspires your style? "I'm inspired by my peers. I'm a fashion major, so I love to look at what others around me ar...
Tags: College, Converse, Street Style, Zara, Pittsburgh, Don, Northeast, Veronica, Lilly Pulitzer, Madewell, Mercyhurst University, Campus Style, Looks on Campus, Moto Jacket, Spring Outfits, Ripped Jeans


Our 17 favorite education moments from 2017

Editor’s Note: Happy New Year from all of us on the Google for Education team! We know you count on Google for Education in your classrooms, and we take that responsibility seriously. We remain deeply committed to bringing the best of Google to education, and to expanding learning for everyone. As we look to the year ahead, we’re looking back on our 17 favorite moments from 2017. In 2017, we... 1. Did an hour of code with Chance the Rapper for Computer Science Education Week, surprising ...
Tags: Google, Texas, London, Sweden, Education, Australia, Mexico, US, CS, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Google Doodle, Lenovo, Chromebooks, Latin America


What the Entire Internet Looked Like in 1973: An Old Map Gets Found in a Pile of Research Papers

In 1923, Edwin Hubble discovered the universe—or rather, he discovered a star, and humans learned that the Milky Way wasn’t the whole of the cosmos. Less than 100 years later, thanks to the telescope named after him, NASA scientists estimate the universe contains at least 100 billion galaxies, and who-knows-what beyond that. The exponential growth of astronomical data collected since Hubble’s time is absolutely staggering, and it developed in tandem with the revolutionary increase in computing ...
Tags: Google, Technology, London, College, Nasa, United States, Hawaii, Cern, Norway, West Coast, East Coast, Defense Department, Pittsburgh, Midwest, Tim Berners Lee, Facebook Twitter


Andy Warhol’s Seven Hand-Illustrated Books: Charming, Little-Known, and Now Available for the World to See (1952-1959)

Got a knack for drawing, painting, sculpting, creating handmade objects of any kind? You’re maybe more likely to monetize your skill—with an Etsy or Pinterest account, for example—than move to New York and try to make a go of it. Were such convenient means of setting up shop available in the late 40’s, when Andy Warhol studied art education and commercial art at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively, one wonders whether the often bedridden, introverted artist...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, New York, Etsy, College, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Sam, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Campbell, Facebook Twitter, Taschen


How American Women “Kickstarted” a Campaign to Give Marie Curie a Gram of Radium, Raising $120,000 in 1921

Image by Bibliothèque nationale de France, via Wikimedia Commons Marie Curie has a place in history because of her research on radioactivity, of course, but a look into her biography reveals another area she had a part in pioneering: crowdfunding. It happened in 1921, 23 years after she discovered radium and a decade after she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (her second Nobel, the first being the Physics prize, shared with her husband Pierre and physicist Henri Becquerel in 1903). The previous...
Tags: Google, Science, College, France, White House, History, United States, Paris, Kickstarter, Seoul, Marie Curie, Einstein, Pittsburgh, Facebook Twitter, Pierre, NIST


Google commits $1 billion in grants to train U.S. workers for high-tech jobs

 The nature of work is changing on a global level at a rapid pace. Sure, it’s not the first time work has been dramatically impacted by technology, but the growth of automation, robotics, AI and the like have the potential to displace jobs at an unprecedented rate. And Google will almost certainly be one of the driving forces behind that transformation. Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Jobs, Education, Tech, Hiring, Non-profit, Pittsburgh, Personnel, Grow With Google



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