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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


As edtech grows cash rich, some lessons for early stage

Last week, Udemy, an online learning marketplace, raised $50 million at a $3.32 billion valuation, up from a $2 billion valuation earlier this year. Language learning app Duolingo raised $35 million on a $2.4 billion valuation, up from a $1.65 valuation from earlier this year. The valuation bumps for both Duolingo and Udemy underscore just how much investor confidence there is in edtech’s remote learning boom. Today, let’s examine some lessons early-stage startups can learn from late-stage edtec...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Education, Tech, Edtech, Duolingo, Udemy, Luis Von Ahn, Corporate Learning, Re-skilling


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


I'm a VC who previously helped launch and run multiple businesses within Google. Here are 5 leadership lessons for founders who want to scale their startup successfully.

Smart, balanced leadership is key for taking a startup to the next level. Thomas Barwick/Getty New startups are launched every day, but few of them become truly successful multibillion-dollar companies or enduring franchises. Laela Sturdy, a general partner at Alphabet's growth fund CapitalG and former managing director of emerging businesses at Google, says smart leadership is key when it comes to whether a startup will succeed or fail. Sturdy says new founders should spread out recruitin...
Tags: Google, Startups, Leadership, Entrepreneur, Trends, Tech, Best, Customer, Unicorns, VCs, Alphabet, Onboarding, Google Here, Nordic, Don, Luis Von Ahn


Airbnb nears IPO as Asana and Palantir land their direct listings

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The going has not always been easy but the tech IPOs keep coming. Airbnb itself is almost here, in what is likely to be the ultimate stock market listing of this dramatic year. After the pandemic triggered mass layoffs for the short-term rental marketplace, it has managed to make up all of the lost ground to pre-pandemic projections, TechCrunch and ot...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Spotify, Milan, China, India, Softbank, US, Tech, Tesla, Spain, Barcelona, Rome


What if the kernel is corrupt?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s VC-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, Alex is on a much deserved vacation (but not from Twitter, it seems) so Danny Crichton and I chatted through the news and happenings of the week. Somehow we winded our way through the latest tech controversies, gave Chris Wallace a shout out, and ended with some funding rounds. I’ll be out next week so don’t miss me too much, but expect the entire E...
Tags: Apple, TC, Softbank, Tech, Abu Dhabi, Black Lives Matter, Equity, Alex, Coinbase, Silver Lake, Duolingo, Clubhouse, Chris Wallace, Danny, Luis Von Ahn, Danny Crichton


Daily Crunch: Amazon lets you pay with your palm

Amazon unveils a new biometric ID technology, the Biden campaign takes aim at Facebook and iRobot’s co-founder joins a robotic gardening startup. This is your Daily Crunch for September 29, 2020. The big story: Amazon lets you pay with your palm The company announced a new biometric device for Amazon Go stores. Called Amazon One, the first time you use it, you insert your credit card and scan your palm; after that, you can just hold your palm over the device when entering the store and Amazon...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Mark Zuckerberg, Hardware, Washington, Disney, Tech, Barcelona, Biden, Seattle, Madrid, Irobot, Duolingo, Helen Greiner, Polaris


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


The Duolingo English Test

I wrote about our portfolio company Duolingo’s English Proficiency Test back in August of last year. I have always loved the idea that a company that helps people learn a language can also help people prove their fluency in a language. It is two sides of the same coin. But the road to success with the English Proficiency Test has been hard. The “incumbent provider” of English proficiency tests, Test Of English As A Foreign Language (aka TOEFL), has had all of the companies and universities wh...
Tags: US, Trends, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, Hacking Education, Toefl, Albert Wenger


Duolingo’s new app teaches children how to read and write

Until now, Duolingo‘s focus was always squarely on teaching languages, but today, the company launched Duolingo ABC, a free English literacy app for children ages 3 to 6. Originally, the company had planned on unveiling this app later in the year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it decided to launch it early to help parents who are now suddenly finding themselves homeschooling their children. The ad-free app is now available in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It includes ove...
Tags: TC, Abc, Australia, Tech, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Literacy, Gamification, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, UK Ireland Australia, Contents, Duolingo ABC


The man teaching 300 million people a new language

Luis von Ahn is the founder and boss of Duolingo, the world's most popular language learning app.
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Silicon Valley is facing an exodus of young employees. Here's why one tech investor is betting on Pittsburgh to take up the mantle.

As young tech workers plan to flee the San Francisco Bay Area for a lower cost of living, one tech investor is betting on Pittsburgh to become the next big tech hub. The former steel capital is more affordable than Silicon Valley, but it also boasts a rich talent pool.  Patrick McKenna, a tech investor, runs a nonprofit called One America Works that aims to bring high-tech companies to overlooked tech hubs like Pittsburgh. "We like to say if it's good enough for Google to go to Pittsburgh, isn...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, United States, Silicon Valley, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Carnegie Mellon University, Patrick Mckenna, Pittsburgh, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Tim Ferriss, University of Pittsburgh


Duolingo CEO's founder advice: Let go of doing everything

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Luis von Ahn, the 40-year-old co-founder and CEO of popular language-learning app Duolingo, says one of the challenges of seeing his business grow is having to let go of doing everything. Motivating people... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Ap, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, Cambridge Mass


Duolingo CEO says language app rooted in bigger mission

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Luis von Ahn used to be best known as an inventor of the security tool reCAPTCHA, which helps digitize books every time you type those distorted letters to prove to websites you're human.Now the 40-year-old... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Ap, Luis Von Ahn, Cambridge Mass


Trala Scores $1.3M For Violin Learning App, Another Win For Techstars' Startup Incubator

Trala has raised an oversubscribed $1.29 million seed investment round for its violin learning app. Trala is part of the Techstar Chicago startup incubator. Investors in the round include Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn; lead investor Origin Ventures and Techstars Ventures, as well as three  execs at language learning app, CEO Luis Von Ahn, VP of Business Bob Meese and CTO Severin Hacker. Trala is part of Techstars Chicago, a satellite of the successful Techstars global startup ecosyst...
Tags: Music, Diy, Startup, Linkedin, App, Musicians, Jeff Weiner, TechStars, Techstars Ventures, Music Business, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Luis Von Ahn, Violin


CSforAll Summit

There has been a movement growing in K12 public education around the US over the last decade to get computer science into the K12 curriculum and into all schools and in front of all students. The name this movement has taken on is CSforAll and this week in Detroit Michigan, educators from all around the country are meeting to move the CSforAll effort forward. This meeting is called the CSforAll Summit. Today is the big day and there will be a livestream of the main stage from 8:45am ET to ...
Tags: US, Trends, Duolingo, Detroit Michigan, Luis Von Ahn, Hacking Education


The CEO of a $700 million company uses a simple sentence to turn lazy employees around

Duolingo CEO Luis Von Ahn has a strategy for encouraging under-performing employees. He told the Financial Times that he just tells them: "What you're doing is really important." The technique ties back to the idea that people need to feel like their work has meaning. Duolingo CEO Luis Von Ahn knows exactly what to do with lazy employees. The founder of the language learning app — which has been valued at $700 million — recently discussed his strategy for dealing with unengaged employees in ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Linkedin, Financial Times, Duolingo, Glassdoor, Don, Luis Von Ahn, Von Ahn


Duolingo hires its first chief marketing officer as active user numbers stagnate but revenue grows

Duolingo, the popular language learning service, today announced that it has now hit more than 300 million users worldwide. A year ago, Duolingo reported 200 million total users. That’s great, but the number of monthly active users on the service remains stagnant. Duolingo reported 25 million active users a year ago — and that’s still the same today, a company spokesperson confirmed. The company argues this is due to its focus on revenue growth instead of user growth in the last year, but it did...
Tags: TC, Apps, Education, Tech, CMO, Computing, Nintendo, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, Personnel, Dunaway, Cammie Dunaway, Duolingo Dunaway


Duolingo hires its first chief marketing officer as active user numbers stagnate

Duolingo, the popular language learning service, today announced that it has now hit more than 300 million users worldwide. A year ago, Duolingo reported 200 million total users. That’s great, but the number of monthly active users on the service remains stagnant. Duolingo reported 25 million active users a year ago — and that’s still the same today, a company spokesperson confirmed. The company argues this is due to its focus on revenue growth instead of user growth in the last year, but it did...
Tags: TC, Apps, Education, Tech, CMO, Computing, Nintendo, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, Personnel, Dunaway, Cammie Dunaway, Duolingo Dunaway


The CEO who invented an online tool you see every day gave his tech to Yahoo for free — and he doesn't regret it

Luis Von Ahn is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a "Genius Grant," and cofounded the language-learning app Duolingo. Von Ahn created the cyber-security technology captcha to distinguish a human from a robot — and then gave it to Yahoo for free. Today, nearly every server uses recaptcha, the second version of captcha.  If you've ever confirmed while you're online that you are, in fact, a human, then you've used Luis von Ahn's recaptcha technology.  Von Ahn, a cofounder o...
Tags: Yahoo, Trends, Bill Gates, Grant, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Don, Luis Von Ahn, MacArthur Fellowship, Von Ahn, Duolingo Von Ahn


Bill Gates tried to poach the CEO of $700 million Duolingo, and they still keep in touch — here's what they talk about

Luis Von Ahn is the cofounder of language-learning app Duolingo and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a "Genius Grant." Back when Von Ahn first became a computer science professor, he received a phone call from Bill Gates, who wanted to hire Von Ahn for Microsoft's research team. Von Ahn declined the offer, but kept in touch with Gates. Now, they talk about Duolingo and its use of artificial intelligence. When Bill Gates calls, you answer. But when Gates offered Luis Vo...
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, New York Times, Bill Gates, Gates, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, MacArthur Fellowship, Von Ahn


The cofounder of OKCupid says 3 lucky moments led him to run a multi-billion-dollar company

ShopRunner CEO Sam Yagan is the cofounder of SparkNotes and OkCupid, and was head of the dating site conglomerate the Match Group for seven years. He said that his Syrian immigrant parents passed on skills that enabled him to become an entrepreneur. Yagan credits his success to taking full advantage of lucky opportunities in his life. After having risen as high as he could in a corporate hierarchy, he wants to now focus on "mattering." Sam Yagan knows he's been lucky. ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Yahoo, Navy, La, Stanford, America, Trends, Syria, Chicago, David, Harvard, Michael Jordan, Dallas, Kate Spade, Bittorrent


The CEO of a $700 million company can boil down his hiring philosophy to a crude phrase

Luis von Ahn is the CEO of the language-learning app Duolingo and one of the creators of CAPTCHA technology. When hiring new employees, von Ahn said that "it's better to have a hole than an a--hole." That means it's better to have an opening in your company than to rush into hiring the wrong person just to fill it. Hiring the right person is an important responsibility. For Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn, it is better to leave a position open than to hire the wrong person. Von Ahn follows the hir...
Tags: Trends, Scott Kelly, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Von Ahn


How Duolingo's CEO went from being a 10-year-old video-game bootlegger to building a $700 million company

Duolingo cofounder and CEO Luis von Ahn is a crowdsourcing pioneer and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "Genius Grant." Von Ahn grew up comfortably in Guatemala City but traveled to the United States to join the American tech scene. He is one of the creators of "captcha" technology, as well as its "recaptcha" successor, which helped digitize a year of New York Times articles in a week. His language learning app, Duolingo, has millions of users worldwide and is prepa...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Texas, Microsoft, Yahoo, Obama, White House, US, San Francisco, Trends, United States, New York Times, Bill Gates, Nintendo, Warren Buffett


Duolingo's CEO on how he built a $700 million company and why he gave away his first invention to Yahoo for free

Duolingo cofounder and CEO Luis von Ahn is a crowdsourcing pioneer and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a "Genius Grant." Von Ahn grew up comfortably in Guatemala City but traveled to the United States to join the American tech scene. He is one of the creators of "captcha" technology, as well as its "recaptcha" successor, which helped digitize a year of New York Times articles in a week. His language learning app, Duolingo, has millions of users worldwide and is prepa...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Texas, Microsoft, Yahoo, Obama, White House, US, San Francisco, Trends, United States, New York Times, Bill Gates, Nintendo, Warren Buffett


Duolingo To Silicon Valley Workers: Move To Pittsburgh, Where You Can Actually Afford a Home

As the cost of living continues to rise in Silicon Valley, tech companies in other parts of the country are getting more aggressive in pitching workers to move to their cities for a better quality of life. From a report: This week, the language-learning platform Duolingo put up an ad along San Francisco's US Highway 101, encouraging residents to move to Pittsburgh where the company's headquarters are based. In Pittsburgh, you can both "work in tech" and "own a home," the ad touted. Duolingo CEO ...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, VentureBeat, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Bay Area, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, US Highway 101, Silicon Valley Workers, Von Ahn


Audio Of The Week: Luis von Ahn, Founder and CEO of Duolingo

Luis von Ahn is a terrific entrepreneur and computer scientist. He is the founder of our portfolio company Duolingo. In this podcast he talks about all sorts of interesting topics.
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Language learning platform Duolingo scores $25 mln Series E

Duolingo, a language learning platform, has secured $25 million in Series E funding. Drive Capital led the round. The capital will be used to accelerate Duolingo’s hiring and production development plans. PRESS RELEASE Pittsburgh, PA – July 25, 2017 — Duolingo has just closed a $25 million Series E funding round, led by Drive Capital, raising its valuation to $700 million. This brings the company’s total funding to $108.3 million. The capital will be used to accelerate Duolingo’s hiring and prod...
Tags: Trends, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Midwest, COLUMBUS Ohio, Luis Von Ahn, DET, VC Deals, Drive Capital, Chris Olsen, E. Duolingo, Yale NYU Northeastern, Ashton Kutcher Tim Ferriss


Duolingo raises $25M at a $700M valuation

 Duolingo, the popular language learning service that was co-founded by reCAPTCHA founder Luis von Ahn, today announced that it has raised a $25 million Series E round led by Drive Capital. This brings Duolingo’s total funding to $108.3 million and the company says that its valuation in this last round was $700 million. Read More
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Education, Tech, Duolingo, Language Learning, Luis Von Ahn


Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here filled with cafes, hyped restaurants and brick rowhouses being renovated by flippers. Last year, in a much-publicized development, Uber began testing self-driving cars on the streets, putting this city at the forefront of the autonomous-vehicle revolution. Also last year, in a less publicized developm...
Tags: Boston, Tech, Brooklyn, Tokyo, Duolingo, Jean Yang, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, Portland Ore, Lawrenceville, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Luis Von Ahn, Bill Peduto, Apple Facebook Google, Caesar Wirth