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

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: News, Obama, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Babbel, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Busuu, Natasha Mascarenhas, Bernhard Niesner, Niesner, Sébastien Dubreil, Dubreil, Christian Hillemeyer

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

Two weeks left to score a $99 pass to TC Disrupt 2021

Building and sustaining a startup is as challenging as it is fulfilling. Doing it during a global pandemic takes unprecedented (oy, there’s that word again) ingenuity, support and expert insight. You’ll find all of that and more at TC Disrupt 2021 on September 21-23. A shut-the-front-door moment: Want to access all the expert advice, networking, community connection and potential growth opportunities for less than $100? Heck yeah. You have just two left weeks to score the super early-bird price....
Tags: TC, Tech, Sydney, Duolingo, Startup Alley, Volvo Cars, Luis Von Ahn, Startup Battlefield, Alexa von Tobel, Ahn, Terri Burns, TC Disrupt 2021, Rachael Wilcox

Discover how Duolingo started with CEO Luis von Ahn at Disrupt 2021

Before Luis von Ahn co-founded Duolingo, a gamified language-learning app used by hundreds of millions around the world, he was fixated on squiggly letters. The entrepreneur was a co-inventor of CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA, or those security prompts you get while browsing the web to verify if you are a human or if you are a robot. And while von Ahn often jokes that his early inventions were considered annoying (it causes friction when consumers have to decipher letters before logging into their email)...
Tags: Google, TC, Education, Events, Tech, Language, Edtech, Duolingo, Techcrunch Disrupt, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Von Ahn, Duolingo Von Ahn

Pomegranate Wedding Inspiration With Smoke Velvet Details On A Brooklyn Rooftop

Rich in flowers and abundant in texture, this smoke and pomegranate wedding inspiration on a rooftop hotel in Brooklyn has our hearts skipping a beat. From the impossibly gorgeous floral arch composed by Designs by Ahn to the cake with sculptural accents + sugar sun palms, this upscale city fete deserves a spot in the… Pomegranate Wedding Inspiration With Smoke Velvet Details On A Brooklyn Rooftop - Ruffled
Tags: Fruits, Brooklyn, Wedding, Ahn, Wedding Design, Wythe Hotel, Designs By Ahn, Love and Covenant, Fall Wedding Flowers, Fall Wedding Colors, Colorful Flower, Colorful Groom Suit, Smoke Velvet Details On A Brooklyn Rooftop

This Indoor Wedding Venue Gets Transformed Into A Lush Garden

Planning a garden wedding? Ever consider throwing one inside? Soohyun and Will did just that, and the result is pure magic. The couple teamed up with Dawn Mauberret Events to create a day that was equal parts romantic, fun, and show-stopping. With stunning floral arches and a ceiling dripping with greenery, Designs By Ahn brought the indoor space to life. The day was lovingly documented in a way that only Cly By Matthew can, beautifully capturing all the special moments. Make sure to check o...
Tags: Winter, Wedding, Will, Contemporary, Matthew, Modern, The Blog, Ahn, Real Weddings, Seasonal Wedding Trend, Soohyun

Investors including Microsoft’s climate fund back hyperlocal environmental monitoring tech developer Aclima

Mitigating the effects of climate change and pollution is a global problem, but it’s one that requires local solutions. While that seems like common sense, most communities around the world don’t have tools that can monitor emissions and pollutants at the granular levels they need to develop plans that can address these pollutants. Aclima, a decade-old startup founded by Davida Herzl, is looking to solve that problem and has raised $40 million in new funding from strategic and institutional vent...
Tags: Google, TC, Microsoft, Climate Change, California, Articles, Tech, Getty Images, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, San Diego, Oakland, Soil, Womens, Director, Bosch

Duolingo CEO explains language app’s surge in bookings

Language learning apps, like many educational technology platforms, soared when millions of students went home in response to safety concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. It makes sense: Everyone became an online learner in some capacity, and for non-frontline workers, each day became an opportunity to squeeze in a new skill (beyond sourdough). So why not learn a new language in a low-lift way? Language learning platforms, including Babbel, Drops and Duolingo, all have benefitted from qu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Edtech, Duolingo, Babbel, Language Learning, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Von Ahn

Williams overcomes slow start to beat Ahn

Serena Williams begins her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over fellow American Kristie Ahn at the French Open.
Tags: News, Williams, Serena Williams, Ahn, Kristie Ahn

Samsung Hops on the Finance Train, Announces New Debit Card

Samsung Pay has been around for five years, but it looks like the company isn’t content to just leave it at that. In a blog, Samsung vice president and general manager of Samsung Pay in North America Sang Ahn announced the company will be the latest tech giant to roll out a debit card. Read more...
Tags: Personal Finance, Science, Samsung, North America, Samsung Pay, Debit Cards, Ahn

Samsung Announces 'Innovative' Debit Card Launching this Summer

We're still waiting to hear news about Apple Card's performance relative to the major card issuers, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from announcing plans to launch an "innovative" debit card as part of a new mobile-first money management platform the company has been developing over the last year. Announced on Thursday in a blog post by Samsung Pay vice-president Sang Ahn, the forthcoming debit card is in partnership with finance company SoFi and will be backed by a cash management account. ...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Goldman Sachs, SoFi, Ahn, Apple Card, Sang Ahn

The Best Brian Dennehy Movies You’ve Never Seen

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we look back on the career of a late, great acting talent!) We lose people everyday, but while most of us will be lucky to live on in other people’s memories, actors have a chance at immortality through their films. We lost another one of the greats recently with the passing of Brian Dennehy, but we still have his movies. He worked pr...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Earth, Features, Rome, Walter Matthau, Missouri, Quentin Tarantino, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Greenaway, Bob Newhart, Jones, Tony Curtis, Bernie, Rowan, Julie Andrews

Coronavirus: Immigrants have questions, heightened fears as pandemic takes hold

Every day, for eight hours a day, five phone-line staffers at the Korean Community Services in Buena Park are peppered with questions from people worried about coronavirus and its many related problems. “How can people stay insured if they lose their job? Will accepting unemployment insurance affect my immigration status? I feel bad; where can I get tested?” The non-profit, which runs health clinics in Orange County, is a hub for the region’s Korean-speaking community. And many of the callers ar...
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Disneyland, Pasadena, Orange County, Riverside County, Google Translate, Southern California, Louie, Los Angeles County, Wagner, Orange County Register, Santa Ana

Community clinics in dire need of respirator masks, gowns and hand sanitizer

Community clinics in Southern California, which serve low-income populations, are in dire need of personal protective equipment for their medical staff, particularly N-95 respirator masks that offer better protection against infections. Dr. Thuy-Anh Nguyen, D.O. shows how Southland Integrated Services needs to lock up their face masks in Garden Grove, CA, on Monday, Mar 16, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Dr. Thuy-Anh Nguyen, D.O., and nurse practitioner Phuong ...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Riverside County, Ucla, Southern California, Pomona, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Riverside, Orange County Register, Nguyen, Medi Cal

Here’s How To Add Color To A Neutral Color Palette Perfectly

Trends come and go but timeless is forever. When Bashful Captures set out to create the ultimate New York City inspired wedding shoot, they came up with the most beautiful use of colors. From the marriage of the always popular neutral scheme and the recent rush of bright and bold colors, comes this artfully elegant muted decor with a splash of the unexpected. Designs by Ahn played with the textural elements of dried flowers and foliage to bring the entire concept full circle. Head to the ful...
Tags: New York City, Wedding, Photo shoot, The Blog, Ahn, Wedding Style

L.A. Cannabis Commission looks to aid retail applicants waiting for permits

The Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission is exploring ways to expedite permit approvals in a program that gives low-income residents and people formerly incarcerated for pot-related offenses a chance to operate cannabis retail shops — once an audit of the program is completed. The third phase of the Social Equity Program was halted late last year after it was discovered the online methods of applying for subsidized permits may have been compromised by a computer glitch. Applicants were als...
Tags: Business, News, Sport, Cannabis, Soccer, Commission, City Council, Local News, Villa, Packer, Ahn, DCR, Cat Packer, Cannabis Commission, Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission, Robert Ahn

Feminine Meets Modern for a Moody Wedding in an NYC Loft

This gorgeous wedding design in a New York City loft by Designs by Ahn shows how perfectly juxtaposing elements can come together to create something beautiful. Using soft muted tones in blush and gold to contrast with a deep color palette in the plates and ceremony backdrop, we are in LOVE with this feminine and moody vibe that this team of NYC wedding vendors executed to perfection. Kylee Yee Photo captured how these gorgeous yet contrasting elements go hand in hand and we instantly turned int...
Tags: NYC, New York City, Wedding, Modern, Orchids, Ahn, Feminine, Wedding Design, Wedding Ideas, Jumpsuit, Designs By Ahn, Moody Wedding, Kylee Yee, Floral Installations, Velvet Furniture, NYC Loft

How to turn your home into a personal yoga studio

So you finally tried yoga and realized that you like it. You’re comfortable in downward dog, love child’s pose and even some intimidating postures aren’t as scary as you once thought. But you only have time for a class a week, if that. So how do you keep at it on the other days? “Doing anything at home is so valuable because you’re relying on your intuitive sense,” says Los Angeles-based instructor Clio Manuelian, who teaches at Equinox and Wanderlust in a phone interview. “You’re relying on wha...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Equinox, South Los Angeles, Stanley, Renee, Seal Beach, Ahn, Leisure World, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF

LA’s Cannabis Commission discusses social equity issues

For the first time this year, the Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission addressed issues it has had with the subsidized marijuana retail licensing program, vowing to hold more community meetings on the matter. Department of Cannabis Regulation Executive Director Cat Packer said the audit that’s currently being conducted on the third phase of the department’s Social Equity Program will be completed in mid-March at the earliest. The SEP awards the subsidized licenses to people who were convic...
Tags: Business, News, California, Marijuana, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Packer, Newsom, Ahn, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Cat Packer, Cannabis Commission, Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission, Robert Ahn

Philippine church managers denied bail in immigration fraud case

Two Philippines-based church leaders charged with participating in an immigration fraud scheme were ordered held without bail on Thursday, Jan. 30, while a lower-level defendant was released on $35,000 bond. U.S. District Judge Autumn Spaeth denied bail for Guia Cabactulan and Marissa Duenas, but let Omar Rodriguez Jr. out on bail. Cabactulan and Duenas were arrested Wednesday at a KOJC compound in Van Nuys, where they lived. The three are accused in connection with a scheme that arranged for sh...
Tags: Crime, News, Immigration, Sport, Soccer, United States, Philippines, Muslim, Lapd, Bass, Appeals Court, Pomona, John Barton, Jacobs, Barton, Rodriguez

Waymo's head of design explains the challenges of creating an autonomous robot 'driver' (GOOGL)

YooJung Ahn is Waymo's head of design. She oversees the design of the Waymo "driver," a complicated merger of hardware, software, and user experiences.  She also helped designed the famous Firefly vehicle — the first clean-sheet, self-driving Google Car, unveiled in 2014. Ahn now works on Waymo's vehicles that are supplied by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land Rover. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Editor's note: Business Insider has been talking with Waymo employee...
Tags: Google, Motorola, Facebook, South Korea, US, Trends, Chicago, Arizona, Mountain View, Toyota, Lg, Fiat Chrysler, Illinois Institute of Technology, Ahn, Hongik University, GOOGL

I have reported on 30 Korean celebrity suicides. The blame game never changes

I dread getting calls in the middle of the night in case it is to tell me about another suicide by a K-pop celebrityOn a hot August day in 2008, I was invited to appear on a TV entertainment programme hosted by actor Ahn Jae-hwan. I noticed Ahn was behaving oddly, walking nervously around the studio whenever he was off camera. He was running a business on the side, and it wasn’t doing well. He was inundated with complaints and had become the target of an online boycott and malicious comments.I w...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Ahn Jae, Ahn, K-pop

LA City Council president asks cannabis head to suspend troubled special retail applications

By Eric Heinz City News Service LOS ANGELES – Amid questions about the fairness of the process and potential problems with the online application system, City Council President Herb Wesson announced Tuesday he has asked the Department of Cannabis Regulation to suspend the processing of requests for specialized marijuana retail licenses. Wesson sent a letter to Cat Packer, the executive director and general manager of the DCR, saying the city has confirmed allegations that some people applying fo...
Tags: News, California, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Cannabis, Soccer, Wesson, San Fernando, South Los Angeles, LA County, City News Service, LA City Council, Ahn, Encino, Accela

Los Angeles’ Cannabis Commission seeks to improve social equity program amid complaints

By ERIC HEINZ, City News Service The Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission addressed complaints on Thursday, Oct. 24 from people who said their applications to open a marijuana dispensary were unfairly processed and forwarded several requests to the City Council to try to improve the specified licensing program. The Social Equity Program is open to people who are low-income status and/or have a low-level criminal history related to cannabis and operate in a “dispensary-impacted area,” most ...
Tags: Business, Hollywood, News, Marijuana, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, House, Commission, City Council, Oakland, Local News, Villa, Southern California, South Los Angeles, Packer

‘Driveways’ Review: Hong Chau Leads a Sentimental and Lovely Coming-of-Age Drama [Tribeca]

Tribeca Review: Driveways is a Sentimental Coming-of-age about a Boyhood One of the few intense moments of Driveway is when pranksters’ firecrackers disturb the sleep of a mother and son. It startles the nine-year-old shy protagonist Cody (Lucas Jaye). Yet the sparks themselves become a sight of wonder. An idyllic coming-of-age story, the movie encapsulates the workings of a child’s head when they’re wondering how to feel about a moment. Cody has joined his single mother (Hong Chau) in...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Tribeca, Cody, Chau, DEL, Ahn, Christine Ebersole, Brian Dennehy, Hong Chau, Jaye, Tribeca Review, Featured Stories Sidebar, Driveways

No bond for veteran suspected in N. Korea embassy attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. Marine veteran suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group’s February raid on North Korea’s embassy in Madrid has been denied bond by a federal judge and must stay in custody. Christopher Ahn appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday. The charges against Ahn haven’t been made public. […]
Tags: News, North Korea, Los Angeles, Ap, Nation, Korea, Madrid, U S Marine, Ahn, Christopher Ahn

Ex-U.S. Marine Arrested In North Korea Embassy Attack In Madrid

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group’s February raid on North Korea’s Embassy in Madrid was arrested in Los Angeles by U.S. authorities. Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested and charged Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter. The specific charges against Ahn were not immediately clear. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Separately, on Thursday, fed...
Tags: News, Washington, North Korea, Los Angeles, Spain, Ap, Fbi, United States, Kim Jong Un, Marines, Associated Press, Kim, Madrid, Embassy, U S Department of Justice, Hong