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Livemocha and Rosetta Stone join forces: A Letter from Livemocha CEO, Michael Schutzler

Dear Livemocha Community Members,

Over the past five years, Livemocha has grown into a supportive, global community of over 16 million members, working together to learn, teach, and practice a new language. The learning experience that each of you creates makes Livemocha effective, meaningful, and fun.

We are passionate about building a world in which every person is fluent in multiple languages, and today, I am thrilled to announce that we have taken the next step towards that goal.

After months of hard work and preparation, Livemocha has agreed to merge with Rosetta Stone.

Rosetta Stone has built one of the most durable and well-known education brands in the world. They have created powerful technology-based language learning solutions that are the envy of…  read more

Livemocha and Rosetta Stone join forces

ARLINGTON, VA—April 2, 2013—Rosetta Stone announced today that it has acquired Seattle-based Livemocha, one of the world’s largest online language-learning communities, for $8.5 million in cash. Bringing with it a robust and extensible cloud-based learning platform and a community of over 16 million Livemocha members, the transaction accelerates Rosetta Stone’s transition to cloud-based learning solutions and reinforces its leadership position in the competitive language-learning industry.

“We are in the process of transforming Rosetta Stone to be the most dynamic and ubiquitous technology-based learning platform in the world,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Swad. “Our acquisition of Livemocha will help accelerate that transformation. With Livemocha and its vibrant online community on our side, Rosetta Stone will reach more people…  read more

Seattle Business Magazine: Livemocha Wins Tech Impact Award in Education Category

From Seattle Business Magazine, October 2, 2012
Tech Impact Awards 2012: Education Gold Winner

1011 Western Ave., Seattle
Employees: 35

Learning a language is best done through workaday practice and real conversation and this five-year-old company employs the models of social media to do just that. Livemocha combines proven teaching techniques with the power of the internet to connect language learners to other learners from more than 195 countries in a global online community. Students perform written and spoken exercises that are submitted to native speakers in the Livemocha community for feedback and tips. Learners can practice with others via text, video or audio chat at any time. Through partnerships with public libraries (including Seattle’s), schools in Brazil and word of mouth, Livemocha…  read more

Livemocha Wins Tech Impact Award from Seattle Business Magazine and Washington Technology Industry Association

SEATTLE (September 26, 2012) – Seattle Business magazine,  together with the Washington Technology Industry Association(WTIA), honored Livemocha with a 2012 Tech Impact Award in the Education Technology Category.  The Tech Impact Awards, held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle,  honored the best of Washington state’s tech industry  for outstanding innovation and achievement in various industry sectors.

Nominations in 12 categories were submitted by companies from across the state. A judging panel of eight tech-industry experts narrowed them down to winners and silver award recipients. Honorees received their awards from representatives of presenting sponsor Comcast Business Class, signature sponsor AAOA Healthcare, and event partner the Washington Technology Industry Association.

Livemocha was named winner in the Education category,  accompanied by Silver award winners Bellevue-based Edvation, and…  read more

Bahamas Financial Services Board announces partnership with Livemocha

Reposted from “BSFB Enters Language Deal”, Tribune 242, September 27, 2012
The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) has announced a partnership with Livemocha, the world’s largest language learning service, which offers online language courses to over 14 million members from all countries. Under the programme, BFSB member firms will have access to over 38 languages.

BFSB’s chief executive, Aliya Allen, said language proficiency will be a key component in helping drive the organisation’s vision for the Bahamas as “a globally competitive international business jurisdiction for private wealth management, international investment into the Americas and emerging markets and residency for High New Worth Individuals (HNWIs), creating high value jobs and business”.
#She added that it was gratifying to see the early interest in…  read more

“Livemocha Receives Positive Feedback” – from The Pacific Index, newspaper of Pacific University

Reposted from The Pacific Index, newspaper of Pacific University

Read the full article here

September 13, 2012

By Carlie Deltoro

The Center for Language and International Collaboration’s new language learning service, Livemocha, costing the university 13 times less than Rosetta Stone.

Livemocha is known as the world’s largest learning community and offers 38 languages. It is available to all full-time students, faculty and staff.

The main reason for replacing Rosetta Stone was cost said CLIC Director, Erica Andree. Pacific’s contract with Rosetta Stone was up and major changes were being implemented onto the service. Licenses were going to be limited and students would be restricted to one language only.

According to Andree, faculty are very satisfied with Livemocha. The world languages faculty made the decision overall…  read more

Retailers ‘Letting Money Walk Out Of The Store’ Via Language Barrier

From Tribune News Network, The Bahamas – July 18, 2012
Tribune Business Reporter
Bahamian retailers are losing sales by not having adequate language skills in their business, a Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA) executive saying yesterday that “they are literally letting money walk out of the store”.
The BHA and tourism executives yesterday announced the launch of the second phase of a foreign language e-training programme to maximise the potential of the Latin American tourist market. Frank Comito, the BHA executuve vice-president, said more than 1,200 hotel and tourism industry professionals had enrolled in the LiveMocha programme, the world’s largest provider of on-line foreign language training.
Highlighting the importance of foreign language training as the Bahamas looks to make significant inroads into the Latin…  read more

Livemocha Named Finalist in 2012 Technology Impact Awards

Livemocha has been named one of only 3 finalists in the Education category of the 2012 Technology Impact Awards.  The Technology Impact Awards are a program put on by the Washington Technology Industry Association and Seattle Business Magazine to recognize “companies and individuals that are creating or using information technology  in important and or innovative ways to significantly improve a company or industry’s business performance and or to provide an important public benefit.” The winners will be announced on September 25, 2012.

Read the official announcement here



10 Paths to a More Fluent Vacation – The New York Times

Published July 24, 2012 in The New York Times

by Stephanie Rosenbloom

ONE of the pleasures of travel is being able to speak the language of the place you’re visiting — or at least say “hello” and “where’s the bathroom?” Whether your trip is in two weeks or two months, there’s no excuse for not broadening your vocabulary. But how? With so many methods — CDs, videos, apps, podcasts — picking one can feel more overwhelming than learning a language. The systems below have been used by tourists, college students and F.B.I. agents. Some cost hundreds of dollars. Others are free. In trying to find the best, Web sites that were difficult to navigate or had distracting advertisements were ruled out,…  read more

Livemocha Selected by AlwaysOn as an AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner

Recognized for creating technology innovations for the Global Silicon Valley.
Seattle, WA, July 18, 2012 – Livemocha announced today that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners.  Inclusion in the AlwaysOn Global 250 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players in the Global Silicon Valley. Livemocha was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.

Livemocha and the AlwaysOn Global 250 companies will be honored at AlwaysOn’s tenth annual Innovation Summit at the Computer History Museum on July 23th,…  read more

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