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Eight tips to launch your app abroad

Most of the potential market or audience across the world does not speak English as a native language. Would you buy a product in a language you don’t understand?

ZOO Digital launches ZOO Korea, a hub for localizing Korean entertainment

ZOO Digital has launched its new Korean language hub following an investment in WhatSub Pro. MultiLingual spoke with WhatSub Pro and ZOO Korea managing director Jonghyun Oh about the recent development and the rising demand for localized Korean media.

Will you make the Ukrainian Language Pledge?

Worried about imploding markets and the long-term effects of the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine, LocLunch founder Jan Hinrichs came up with the idea of a Ukrainian Language Pledge to pool localization industry resources and help the Ukrainian linguists affected by the conflict.

Translit will provide free language services to Ukrainian refugees

MultiLingual spoke with the company’s CEO, Alex Chernenko, who was born in Odessa, Ukraine, about what LSPs can do to support Ukrainian refugees as war rages on in their country.

Localization companies nix carbon in wake of climate crisis

For Lokalise, the decision showcases a commitment to responsible business operations and a broader perspective on wellbeing. And what could be more central to overall wellbeing than the health of the environment?

Meta announces new real-time translation projects

The ambitious aim is to create real-time translation technologies that include everyone in the world by teaching AI to translate hundreds of spoken and written languages.

Think Global Awards announces shortlist, awards to be granted in April

Earlier this week, the Think Global Awards announced their shortlist of individuals and companies for the awards ceremony’s fifth year.

AI-powered localization startup Deepdub raises $20 million in Series A funding

Deepdub, a Tel Aviv-based startup focused on leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) for the localization of film and television series, announced last week that it had raised $20 million in Series A funding.

Employee experience: the new company-health barometer?

Customer experience has long been touted as the ultimate barometer for the health of companies, but isn’t the employee experience just as foundational to business performance? Improving your brand or product and building a strong customer experience certainly requires the support of your employees.

Language I/O increases employee headcount, appoints new execs

Language I/O, the Cheyenne-based language technology company that recently received $6.5 million in Series A funding, announced some significant growth for the company earlier this week — including the appointment of two new executives.

Looking to engage localization clients? Take a cue from social media!

If you have a message you want to test drive, social media is a great way to gauge public perception. Feedback about how your message is perceived will be instant.  

Waverly Labs talks wearable translation tech’s present, future

At this year’s CES, Waverly Labs introduced a suite of new services and hardware designed to provide near-instantaneous communication among multiple languages and dialects.

Largest LSP breaks billion-dollar barrier

Long-time industry leader TransPerfect just revealed that the company reached USD 1.1 billion in revenue in 2021. This is up from USD 852.4 million in 2020 and an increase of more than 30 percent year-over-year.

Adaptive Globalization Announces 2022 Best Employers in Localization Awards

Earlier this week, the United Kingdom-based company Adaptive Globalization announced the winners of the 2022 Best Employers in Localization Awards (BELA), which award language service providers (LSPs) who provide employees with outstanding benefits and resources. This year, Sandberg Translation Partners and Capita Translation and Interpreting were awarded with the BELA for Overall Best Employer.

Jorge Rodriguez joins Sorenson as CEO

Executives say Rodriguez is a good match for Sorenson, a provider of video-interpretation services with a specialization in hard-of-hearing and Deaf-specific communication. Rodriguez enters the position with a wealth of business experience, which will no doubt prove invaluable as the company begins a busy year. 

DeepScribe lands $30 million investment in transcription AI

Tech Crunch reports that DeepScribe has landed $30 million in Series A funding, primarily from Nina Achadjian at Index Ventures. Existing investors Stage 2 Capital, 1984 Ventures and Bee Partners, plus newcomers Scale.ai CEO Alex Wang and Figma CEO Dylan Field, are also in the mix.   

SubtitleNEXT introduces new features in 5.11 update

A subtitle toolset developed by PBT EU, SubtitleNEXT opens the year with a major update in its Version 5.11 release. Despite hurdles presented by the pandemic, the new update brings a host of new tools for software users. 

Language I/O announces $6.5 million in Series A funding

A woman-owned LSP, Language I/O CEO Heather Morgan Shoemaker told MultiLingual that this funding is a major milestone for the company, especially given the fact that female-identifying founders receive a slim minority — according to Inc., just 2.3% in 2020 — of venture capital (VC) funding.

KUDO integrated directly in Zoom

An integrated KUDO means anyone looking for human simultaneous interpreters can find them directly in Zoom like never before. As the press release states, "by integrating Zoom into KUDO, KUDO has made it seamless and simple for  KUDO's users to easily leverage their network of certified interpreters in Zoom meetings."

Straker announces IDEST acquisition

If this week is any indication, the new year should be just as busy as 2021 for language industry acquisition announcements. Straker Translations, a New...

Do you ever give your customers international business advice?

One of the toughest tasks has been to bite my tongue when advice falls outside of the linguistic realm. Luckily, I have close relationships with a lot of my business partners, so I occasionally contribute to their success with some key recommendations. What are some of the things you wish you could consult your clientele about when it comes to starting an international expansion?

European Advisory Board selects Lionbridge’s Javi Perez

The European Advisory Board for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has selected Javi Perez, the data protection officer of the language service provider (LSP) Lionbridge, to serve on the board. “I am excited to join the European Advisory Board and use my experience in this industry to help the IAPP’s with their vision and commitments to the privacy community,” Perez said.

Unbabel acquires Lingo24 in anticipation of industry growth

With over $91 million in funding and growing relationships with the likes of Microsoft, Panasonic, and Udemy, company officials believe the acquisition will result in improved customer experiences. A tech-enabled language service provider (LSP), Lingo24 will help Unbabel provide more consistent language services that should result in improved customer satisfaction and loyalty.