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Duolingo swipes Tinder in a Clash Royale

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive, Alex and Danny unpacked Natasha‘s latest project: The Duolingo EC-1. The 12,000 word four-part series was published last week and is worth a read. But, until you get to it, enjoy our podcast that doubles-clicks into its most interesting bits. Duo, Duolingo’s mascot, flying around. Image Credits: Duolingo Here’s how it went, after we g...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Monetization, EC, Alex, Edtech, Duolingo, Danny, Natasha, Luis Von Ahn


The human-focused startups of the hellfire

Disasters may not always be man-made, but they are always responded to by humans. There’s a whole panoply of skills and professions required today to respond to even the tiniest emergency, and that doesn’t even include the needs during pre-disaster planning and post-disaster recovery. It’s not a very remunerative industry for most and the mental health effects from stress can linger for decades, but the mission at the core of this work — to help people in the time of their greatest need — is wha...
Tags: Health, Texas, Enterprise, Education, Stanford, Government, Disaster, Tech, Earth, Policy, Commission, Nebraska, Silicon Valley, Columbia University, EC, Duolingo


How Duolingo became a $2.4B language unicorn

At the heart of Duolingo is its mission: to scale free education and increase income potential through language learning. However, the same mission that has helped it grow to a business valued at $2.4 billion with over 500 million registered learners, has led to tensions that continue to define the business. How do you survive as a startup if you don’t want to charge users? How do you design a startup that isn’t too hard to lose people, but isn’t too easy to compromise education? How do you bala...
Tags: Startups, TC, Elon Musk, Boston, Tech, CMO, Tesla, Yale, Mary Barra, Gm, SEC, Bill, EC, Argo, Edtech, Duolingo


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


StudySmarter books $15M for a global ‘personalized learning’ push

More money for the edtech boom: Munich-based StudySmarter, which makes digital tools to help learners of all ages swat up — styling itself as a ‘lifelong learning platform’ — has closed a $15 million Series A. The round is led by sector-focused VC fund, Owl Ventures. New York-based Left Lane Capital is co-investing, along with Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen (ex WhatsApp, Uber and Dropbox; now GP at Balderton Capital), and existing early stage investor Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures (aka DvH Ventures). T...
Tags: Europe, Balderton Capital, Indonesia, Tech, Netflix, Munich, EC, Duolingo, Anki, Ugc, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Brazil India, Dieter, NLP, Lars Fjeldsoe Nielsen, Netflix Netflix


The Daily Crunch: Tech stocks hammered after US Treasury Secretary speculates on hiking interest rates

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Are startup valuations about to fall? Hello, friends! Alex here to talk to you for a hot second about money. Then we’ll get into startups, venture capital, what Big Tech is up to and more. I promise. But hang with me for a moment. Tech stocks got hammered today: The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell by more than 2%. Cloud stocks endured twice the damage. What happened? The ...
Tags: TC, Twitter, London, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Holland, Silicon Valley, US Treasury, EC, Persona, Alex, Firstmark, Sarah


The Daily Crunch: TechCrunch’s parent company sold for $5B, Duolingo’s origin story

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. TechCrunch’s new home The original plan was to spend a minute today explaining that the Daily Crunch is now being put together by a new and expanded team. I, your friend Alex, will be writing and collecting the main sections from here on out. We’ll also have input from Walter and Annie on the Extra Crunch side of things (like today’s Exchange column!), along with...
Tags: Apple, TC, Twitter, Microsoft, Tech, Annie, EC, FirstMark Capital, Alex, Sarah, EMC, Mary Meeker, Duolingo, Zoomo, Lucas Matney, Anthony Ha


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


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


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


Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature has arrived — here’s what you need to know

iOS 14.5 — the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — is launching today, and with it comes a much-discussed new privacy feature called App Tracking Transparency. The feature was first announced nearly a year ago, although the company delayed the launch to give developers more time to prepare. Since then, support for the feature has already gone live in iOS and some apps have already adopted it (for example, I’ve seen tracking requests from Duolingo and Venmo), but now Apple says it...
Tags: Apple, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Washington Post, Tech, Venmo, Duolingo, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Appsflyer, New York Times The Wall Street Journal, However Facebook, App Tracking Transparency


10 things in tech you need to know today

Apple AirTags Apple Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Apple's long-awaited location-tracking gadget, AirTags, will launch on April 30. The $29 AirTags attach to your stuff - like your keys - enabling you to track them if they get lost. Check them out here. Apple also debuted a handful of other new products during it's event, which you can see here. 2. A leaked Facebook memo shows how the company plan...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Lyft, Elon Musk, Texas, Fcc, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Goldman Sachs, WeWork, Duolingo, Dustin Moskovitz, Newsletters


Language-Learning App Duolingo Has Hired Bankers for Summer IPO: Sources

Duolingo has hired Goldman Sachs and Allen & Co. for an initial public offering that could happen as soon as this summer, sources tell Insider.
Tags: Goldman Sachs, Duolingo, Allen Co


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


Free language-learning app Duolingo now offers Yiddish lessons

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Duolingo; Insider Duolingo is a free language-learning app we've recommended time and time again. It now offers lessons in Yiddish, including key cultural phrases and examples. Taking short, fun Yiddish lessons can help you connect with your family and culture. If you're just starting to explore a new language or want to easily build on what you already know, Duolingo is a fun, free, and low-key...
Tags: Reviews, Education, Trends, Duolingo, Online Learning, E-learning, Julia Pugachevsky, IP Graphics, Product Card, IP Reviews, Education & Personal Development (Reviews, Alyssa Powell, Education & Personal Development, Insider Reviews 2021


Duolingo’s Yiddish Course.

Jordan Kutzik writes for the Forward about Duolingo’s new Yiddish course: Although the course is significantly shorter than many of the site’s 39 other languages, Duolingo Yiddish is still massive. Altogether, it encompasses 70 sections called “skills,” with each skill featuring five levels. The 350 levels have three to six lessons each. With every lesson requiring at least five to seven minutes, the roughly 1,300 lessons will take a minimum of 250 hours for the average student to complete. […] ...
Tags: Facebook, Israel, Uncategorized, Brooklyn, Linguistics, Duolingo, Williamsburg, Yiddishist, Viswanath, Meena Viswanath, Jordan Kutzik, Duolingo Yiddish, Isac Polasak, Brooklyn Yiddish


Babbel is offering 60% off lifetime subscriptions, which means you can get unlimited lessons in 14 languages for $199

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Babbel; Insider Babbel, a language learning app, is offering 60% off lifetime access passes through April 7. A lifetime access pass (now $199) gets you unlimited access to bite-sized lessons in 14 languages. Languages include English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, and more. Babbel - a language learning service helmed by more than 150 educators, polyglots, editors, resea...
Tags: Berlin, Trends, Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, Mara Leighton, Arneson, Krystin Arneson


Laura Nestler Joins Reddit as VP of Community

Laura Nestler is joining the executive leadership team at Reddit as vice president of community. Nestler had been global head of community at Duolingo since August 2016, where she worked across marketing, product and strategy to develop community products and community-focused global brand initiatives. Prior to that, she spent nearly nine years at Yelp, crafting...
Tags: Advertising, Reddit, Duolingo, Leadership & Talent, Social Pro Daily, Nestler, Laura Nestler


The best language-learning apps for 2021

Learning a language can be tough. Fortunately, we've found the best apps to help make learning a foreign tongue fun with lessons, quizzes, and other activities.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Best Of, Duolingo, Tier 4


With 1v1Me, anyone can gamble on their ability to crush an opponent in player vs. player games

Anthony Geranio has played video games for the past thirteen years. The 26 year-old first time founder of 1v1Me, a new company that lets anyone gamble on their ability to win in a player vs. player game, tried to make it as a professional gamer, but when that didn’t work, he turned to the tech industry. Geranio and his co-founder Alex Emmanuel bounced between companies like TextNow, Skillshare, and Grailed to combine both of their passions — gaming and entrepreneurship into a new company. “The r...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Call Of Duty, Player, Twitch, Stereotypes, Duolingo, Erik Torenberg, Founder, Anthony Pompliano, Gamer, Skillshare, Emmanuel, Madden, OnDeck


5 takeaways from the Coursera IPO filing

Coursera’s S-1 dropped last Friday, giving us a glimpse of the financial impact that COVID-19 had on a large edtech company. We worked through the numbers on the day the filing happened, but here are the core data points: Coursera’s 2020 revenue came to $293.5 million, up 59% from the year prior. During the same period, Coursera had a net loss of nearly $67 million, up 46% from the previous year’s $46.7 million net deficit. The company is still unprofitable, despite the pandemic’s general lift t...
Tags: TC, China, India, Tech, United States, States, Edtech, Coursera, Duolingo, COVID, EC Edtech, Coursera IPO


Preply raises a $35 million Series B as demand for language learning grows

Preply, a tutoring marketplace for language learning, has raised a $35 million Series B co-led by Full In Partners and Owl Ventures, an edtech fund that has backed Byju’s and Newsela. The raise comes nearly a year after the company landed a $10 million Series A. Investors in Preply include Point Nine Capital, Hoxton Ventures, EduCapital, All Iron, Diligent Capital and Evli Growth Partners. Preply’s recent growth, as well as a global boom in language learning, explains the current investor intere...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Edtech, Duolingo, Babbel, Language Learning, Owl Ventures, Byju, Preply, Point Nine Capital Hoxton Ventures, Evli Growth Partners Preply, Bigali, Kirill Bigali, Biglai


An old Ted Cruz tweet mocking California's 'failed energy policies' resurfaces as storm leaves millions of Texans without power

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, on the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Alex Brandon/AP In 2020, Sen. Ted Cruz mocked California's "failed energy policies" on Twitter. His post has resurfaced as over 4 million Texans are without electricity amid a rare winter storm. Texas' state-run power grid failed due to the weather-related strains on its resources.  Visit the Business sectio...
Tags: Politics, Texas, California, Washington, US, Trends, Cnn, Power, United States, Ted Cruz, Capitol Hill, University Of Houston, Winter Storm, Cruz, Duolingo, El Paso


An old Ted Cruz tweet mocking California's 'failed energy policies' resurfaces as a storm leaves millions of Texans without power

Sen. Ted Cruz. Alex Brandon/AP In August, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas mocked California's "failed energy policies" on Twitter. His post resurfaced on Tuesday as over 3 million Texans were without electricity during a winter storm. Texas' state-run power grid failed because of the weather-related strains on its resources. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. An August tweet in which Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas mocked California's "failed energy policies" recirculated on social medi...
Tags: Politics, Texas, California, US, Trends, Cnn, Power, Ted Cruz, University Of Houston, Winter Storm, Cruz, Duolingo, El Paso, Power Outage, Soviet Union, Houston Chronicle


Duolingo’s First Global Campaign Focuses on Making Language Fun (and a Bit Political)

In recent years, Duolingo has rapidly risen to the top of the crowded category of language-learning apps. Now, it's looking to build on that momentum with its first global marketing push: a colorful campaign from Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam. The "Make It Fun" campaign kicks off today with a 30-second animated spot that focuses on the traditional...
Tags: General, Advertising, Duolingo, Platforms, AdFreak, Wieden Kennedy Amsterdam


SmartHop raises a $12M Series A to ease trucking logistics

If you are a founder and launched a startup last February of 2020 just before the pandemic hit, then you may have felt like you were living the ultimate business nightmare. But if your company serves to stabilize the supply-chain business, then, in fact, you may have hit the ground running at just the right time. So is the story of Miami-based startup SmartHop, an AI-powered app that helps interstate truckers make their routes more efficient and lucrative, while removing a lot of the administrat...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, New York City, Tech, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Venezuela, Starbucks, Bob, Waze, Seattle, Duolingo, Union Square Ventures, Garcia, Caracas