With Adam Asnes

CEO of Lingoport

Where do you live?

Boulder, Colorado.

How did you get started in this industry?

I joined a startup in 1998 that was globalization engineer-ing focused. Besides being their first sales person, I got to lead partnership efforts, which gave me an excellent introduction to many influential industry leaders. I left and started Lingoport in March of 2001.

What are you working on now?

We just released new technology to make linguistic reviews and updates for software localization fast and easy. That capability, along with enhancements to our continuous internationalization and localization suite, could have significant impacts on how software localization is performed, I think.

What language(s) do you speak?

I’m embarrassed to say really just English. I have some high school French, which gets better when I have to

use it if traveling in the French countryside. I also spent three months in Yugoslavia in 1989, and got conversational in Serbian via immersion. It’s surprising how much of that can come back to me when the opportunity occasionally arises.


Whose industry social feeds (twitter, blog, LinkedIn, Facebook) do you follow?

The usual suspects: Women in Localization, Kathrin Buss-mann, Renato Beninatto, Tucker Johnson, Anna Schlegel, and many more.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Many! On LinkedIn I obviously follow TAUS and the Data Marketplace pages. But also Women in Localization, Nimdzi, LocWorld, GALA, ProZ, RWS Moravia, Lilt, Lionbridge, and many more. On Twitter I follow 157 people, so you can check out my profile to find interesting new people and companies to follow there. Furthermore, I subscribe to a number of industry newsletters like Slator, MultiLingual and Jost Zetzsche’s Toolbox.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m big into cycling and ride nearly every day. I started racing at age 16 and still compete regionally and nationally.


What industry organizations and activities do you participate in?

We run our own webinar series with sessions almost monthly, so that is my main activity. Other than that, there are LocWorld conferences, pop-up webinars and events from partners, and podcasts where I am asked to be a guest.

Do you have any social feeds of your own? Twitter handle, blog?

@adamasnes and @Lingoport on twitter. I’m somewhat active on LinkedIn too. There’s Facebook, but that ends up being mostly friends and family with a touch of industry.

Why do you read MultiLingual?

MultiLingual is the voice of the industry. It’s also changing with new management, and I’m interested in following how the medium and message is developing these days.