Unbabel’s mission is to enable seamless, trustworthy, written communication in different languages in the $34 billion translation industry, the peer economy and the global SME markets are underserved.
Vasco Pedro has always been fascinated with language and the window it provides to how we process information.
Co-founders CEO Vasco Pedro, CTO João Graça and CMO Sofia Pessanha have founded a startup that applies machine learning to the translation process. Taking a page out of Fiverr’s book, they have an army of 42,000 translators around the world who are correcting their solution’s mistakes.
Online translation startup Unbabel—which claims to use a blend of machine translation, AI, and crowd-sourced post-editing—recently named Paulo Dimas as Head of Product.
Unbabel, a startup backed by Y Combinator, that combines human editing and machine learning into an online translation platform, announced a new feature today called Smartcheck.
Mailchimp has partnered with Unbabel to bring human translation integration to your emails, which means that actual people read your newsletter and translate it into the language of your choice.
A company called Unbabel is tackling translation of human languages with its combination of artificial intelligence and human crowdsourced translation, and it announced a raise of $1.5 million in seed funding.
In the interconnected world, machines are too rigid in understanding the nuances in translating languages and humans are too slow for on-the-fly translation. That’s why Unbabel brings robots and humans together to deliver a faster and affordable translation service.
Vasco Pedro is a Co-founder and CEO of Unbabel, Inc, a Y Combinator startup that develops AI powered Translation, combining Machine Translation, Machine Learning and distributed crowd translation. Previously he was a Co-founder of Dezine.com, the Founder and CEO of Bueda.com and research faculty at the Technical University of Lisbon. Vasco holds a PHD and a Masters in Language Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University in the field of computational semantics. He is a Fulbright Scholar, a mentor and advisor to startups and serial entrepreneur. He has spent the last 6 years working on problems related to NLP and Machine Learning in startups, enterprise and academia.
João Graça is currently the CTO of Unbabel, an online translation service that utilizes machine learning and crowd translation. Previously he was a research scientist at Dezine.com and Flashgroup. He has published several research papers in Machine Learning and Computational Linguistics. After completing his PhD in Computer Science Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, where he was advised jointly by Luisa Coheur, Fernando Pereira and Ben Taskar, he became a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania working under the supervision of Prof. Ben Taskar.
Co-founded Beta-i, a non-profit that promotes entrepreneurship in Portugal; through it have supported hundreds of startups helping them with their strategy, product development and pitch. Organized the 1st Silicon Valley Comes to Lisbon conference in 2011. Ran the extremely constrained budget, fundraised, and managed a team of 23 volunteers, interacted with speakers and attendees. Achieved 600 people as participants on site, plus 2.000 remote viewers.
Worked in the advertising business as an Art director, delivering BTL and web campaigns for multinational brands.
Worked at Dezine.