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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


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


Paired picks up $1M funding and launches its relationship app for couples

Paired, a new app for couples, is launching today and disclosing $1 million in funding. Backing the startup, which wants to support “happier and healthier” relationships, is Taavet Hinrikus of TransferWise, the co-founders of Runtastic (which was sold to Adidas), Ed Cooke of Memrise and Bernhard Niesner of Busuu. Founded in September 2019 by Kevin Shanahan and Diego López, who previously worked together at language learning app Memrise, and joined shortly afterwards by Chief Relationships Office...
Tags: Travel, Google, Startups, TC, Apps, Australia, US, Adidas, Memrise, Taavet Hinrikus, Shanahan, Diego Lopez, Ed Cooke, Paired, Recent Funding, Terri Orbuch


Language platform Busuu acquires video tutor startup, now plans IPO

Language-learning platform Busuu, which has fast expanded to take on traditional giants like Duolingo, says it has acquired the live video tutoring company Verbling for an undisclosed amount, other than calling it a “double-digit million dollar acquisition.” As a result, Busuu will now use the Verbling platform to expand into the live video tutoring space for its consumer users and corporate clients. Busuu says it recently surpassed 100 million users globally, makes it one of the world’s fastest...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Europe, London, San Francisco, Tech, Madrid, Stanford University, Duolingo, Cto, Rosetta Stone, Busuu, Verbling, Bernhard Niesner, Niesner