Global businesses need global employees, and that means multilingual ones. Face-to-face language learning platform Verbling wants to make employee education simple.
Based in San Francisco, Verbling offers foreign language classes with experienced language teachers from all over the world at different prices. Users can select the teachers that best suit them, and take hour-long private lessons via video chat.
To help it stand out from the pack and take on the Rosetta Stones of the world, Verbling has put a new, yet familiar spin on language learning. To help immerse students in a new language (and learn more effectively), Verbling uses frictionless, in-browser video chat to connect its learners with native speakers, live, in 3-D.
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.
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.
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.