Busuu

  • Language Learning Startup Busuu Hits 30M Users And Launches New Kids iPad App

    Language Learning Startup Busuu Hits 30M Users And Launches New Kids iPad App

    Just this week Rosetta Stone acquired Seattle-based online language-learning community Livemocha for $8.5 million in cash. At exit Livemocha had a 16 million member online language-learning community. It had also raised $19 million over six years. But today Busuu, a competing language-learning community based out of London, announces that it has reached 30 million users and its launched a… Read More

  • Lingibli Wants To Be Your Semi-Virtual Language Coach

    Language learning is arguably still a hot topic in the realm of internet startups and with a market that is said to be reaching more than $90 billion it is even more interesting. But only few manage to attract users, such as Busuu, who is now seeing 10 million signed up users. Bratislava based Startup Lingibli, also wants to help you learn a new language, strictly speaking one of 18 languages… Read More

  • Busuu raises Angel round from FON-founder Martin Varsavsky

    Busuu.com, the language learning community, has raised an Angel round from FON-founder and serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky. The Madrid-based startup is remaining mum about the size of the investment, however, but says that to-date Busuu has received less than €1m in funding. That’s a figure dwarfed by its main competitors. US-based Livemocha has raised $14m, while European… Read More

  • Busuu Raises Angel Round From Fon-Founder Martin Varsavsky

    Busuu.com, the language learning community, has raised an Angel round from FON-founder and serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky. The Madrid-based startup is remaining mum about the size of the investment, however, but says that to-date Busuu has received less than €1m in funding. That’s a figure dwarfed by its main competitors. US-based Livemocha has raised $14m, while European… Read More

  • Language learning community Busuu partners with The Guardian and Macmillan Education

    Busuu.com, the language learning community, has teamed up with The Guardian newspaper and Macmillan Education to give its users more real-life context when learning English. Under the partnership, busuu users can access daily world news updates provided by a feed from guardian.co.uk. However, if they don’t understand a particular word, powered by Macmillan Education’s online… Read More

  • Busuu.com launches campaign to save language with only 8 users

    In a move that cynics might claim is just cheap PR, busuu.com, the language learning community, has launched a campaign to save Busuu, a Cameroonian language with only 8 remaining speakers and on UNESCO’s list of ‘critically endangered’ languages. Yes, apparently, such a list does exist. The Save Busuu campaign takes the form of a music video and learning pack, along with… Read More

  • Busuu partners with publisher Collins to push more traditional language learning content

    Busuu.com, the language learning community, is partnering with British publisher Collins to offer a range of grammar guides. It represents the second traditional publisher tie-up for Madrid-based busuu following a similar arrangement with PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group. It’s also interesting as Collins already has a partnership… Read More

  • Language community busuu learns to love iPhone, 7 apps launched

    Busuu.com, the European online language-learning community, has launched 7 iPhone applications targeting English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian. I say community, but after its recent partnership with PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group, and now with its iPhone debut, the startup is clearly navigating more… Read More

  • Babbel turns a profit after dumping freemium model

    [Germany] With the revelation last week that the incredibly well funded social networking service Ning was dumping its freemium model to move to a paid-for only offering, it’s perhaps a good time to re-visit European startup Babbel. The Berlin-based language learning site took a similar decision back in November 09, announcing that its then 500,000 users would have to pay up or…… Read More

  • Language learning community busuu.com secures first round

    [Spain/Austria] Last week busuu.com closed their first funding round from an undisclosed Austrian serial angel investor. The total sum is also not clear, but appears to be below €500,000. Busuu.com is a two year old, online community based language learning startup, launched out of Spain, founded by non-Spaniards, Bernhard Niesner (Austria) and Adrian Hilti (Switzerland). Last December… Read More

  • Old school meets new school – PONS teams with language learning startup busuu.com

    [Spain/Germany] In what looks like a classic example of old media trying to stay relevant in the social web era, PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group, has teamed up with Madrid-based startup busuu.com. The free-to-join language learning community now comes with a ‘powered by PONS’ badge in reference to the site’s inclusion… Read More