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Unbabel

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.

News and Press

Portugal startup Unbabel’s AI puts Google Translate to shame

Geektime • Feb. 25, 2016

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.

Unbabel Names Paulo Dimas Head of Product

Slator • Jan. 28, 2016

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.

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Founders / Key Team

Vasco Calais Pedro
Vasco Calais Pedro
CEO & Co-Founder

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
João Graça
CTO & Co-Founder

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.

Sofia Pessanha
Sofia Pessanha
CMO & Co-Founder

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.

Bruno Prezado Silva
Bruno Prezado Silva
Founder UX Designer & Co-Founder

Worked in the advertising business as an Art director, delivering BTL and web campaigns for multinational brands.

Hugo Silva
Hugo Silva
Developer & Co-Founder

Worked at Dezine.