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Learn a new language from native speakers with Verbling for Android

AndroidGuys • Feb. 17, 2017

Many studies have shown that learning a second language can boost cognitive function, even in old age! And with technology being easily accessible to most of us, learning a language has never been easier.

Verbling adds native apps to expand access to its marketplace of language tutors

TechCrunch • Feb. 16, 2017

“We’re proud to be launching the Verbling native mobile app,” it says in a blog announcing the launch. “Bringing our global network of teachers to a mobile platform truly makes language learning with teachers accessible to everyone.”

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Founders / Key Team

Jake Jolis
Jake Jolis
CEO & Co-Founder

Grew up speaking 4 languages and emigrated alone to US at age 15. At 17, went alone to Tanzania to teach English. Got malaria, survived. Translated French for the UN in Senegal at age 19. Got malaria again, survived again. Tutored Spanish in Silicon Valley. Dropped out of Stanford undergrad after 2 years to take Verbling through Y Combinator and beyond. At age 20, raised $1M for Verbling. Metrics and optimization, finance, growth, hiring, investor relations.

Gustav Rydstedt
Gustav Rydstedt
CTO & Co-Founder

Swedish national programming champion. Stanford BS CS, MS CS, PhD CS (dropout), ex-Blizzard lead engineer, ex-Palm, ex-EA. Won Best Engineering Masters Thesis 2010 at Stanford, while on varsity football (all 4 years) as defensive tackle.

Mikael Bernstein
Mikael Bernstein
Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder

Grew up in Sweden/Indonesia/Germany, and speaks 4 languages fluently. Served as a Swedish-Russian military interpreter in the Swedish Armed Forces. Dropped out of Stanford to do Verbling and Y Combinator. In charge of product vision, core user experience, teacher recruitment, community management and growth.