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Duolingo

Duolingo

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app worldwide. The company's mission is to make education free and accessible to all.

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app worldwide. The company's mission is to make education free and accessible to all.

Their Growth Story

Duolingo was created by MacArthur Fellow, Luis von Ahn, creator of CAPTCHA and professor at Carnegie Mellon, and his PhD student Severin Hacker. Luis was born in Guatemala, where many don't have access to language education, a skill which has the power to double income potential.

The co-founders decided to dedicate themselves to help solve this problem by providing the best and most innovative language education to everyone, for free. It would be based on science and data to guarantee effective results, with a gamified feel to motivate even the most busy of its students. And so Duolingo was born.

Almost entirely organically, the company has earned over 300 million users and 30 million monthly active users globally. It’s grown to support 28 languages and, at the time of our initial investment, has scaled from pre-revenue to $100 million+ run rate bookings.

CapitalG has been a uniquely amazing partner for Duolingo. Over the past five years, CapitalG and experts from Google have helped us with dozens of issues, ranging from helping to recruit and even interview key team members, to helping to acquire deep local knowledge of international markets, to setting up paid marketing efforts, to training large groups of our engineering team, to analyzing our revenue projections. 10/10 would recommend!"

Luis von Ahn, CEO and Co-Founder