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Believe in humans, believe in yourself, never give up.

Solving the language challenge requires courage, resilience, determination, and a strong belief that any problem can be overcome. Here, Translated’s founder and CEO Marco Trombetti describes the company’s participation in the Ocean Globe Race.

Why The Ocean Globe Race?

“We Believe in Humans” is our credo. The Ocean Globe Race, celebrating the first edition of the Whitbread Round the World Race, with no modern technology allowed and a crew of mostly amateurs, perfectly captured the spirit of our company: while we are leaders in machine intelligence, we believe that humans – and the human spirit – can never be replaced by machines or technology, be it in sailing or translation. At Translated, we love difficult challenges–the ones that seem beyond our capabilities, the ones that scare us at first, but for which we have great admiration.

We love them because they make us and the people around us grow.

How did you get so many people from the localization industry on this project?

Nine-hundred technology and language executives have experienced a sailing session in the past 3 years, led by Translated 9’s ambassador and legendary skipper, Paul Cayard. Paul is a seven-time World Champion, seven-time America’s Cup competitor, and was the first American to win the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1998. With a second boat in the Bay Area, we organized training sessions that not only utilized Cayard’s sailing expertise, but also his leadership skills. Those who showed an aptitude for sailing joined the Translated 9 crew for the Ocean Globe Race. Sailing requires not only knowledge, but also sailing spirit, which means being focused, dedicated, hardworking, and a good teammate. A crew is much more than just 10 people on a boat, it’s a single mind and body focused on a goal and working to achieve it.

We wanted to team up with anyone who was willing to go beyond their comfort zone. We are preparing a new sailing challenge, the Pac Cup, with four people from the localization industry on the crew.

What have you learned by this experience?

I had never sailed before, and I was seasick for 55 days. We won the first two legs, we broke the hull near the Falklands, we repaired the boat. We started the fourth leg  in ninth place, then moved up to fifth, then third, then first again! Near the Azzorre, the hull broke again. We repaired it in Madeira and finished the race in Cowes.

This operation has already gone down in history as an example of what motivated human beings with great values can accomplish. For everyone, Translated 9’s feat is a testimony that by focusing on the right human values, nothing is impossible.

It was different from what we had expected. It was a challenge full of emotions, but it was definitely something unforgettable for a lifetime. We learned something important that we want to share. Sometimes problems seem much bigger than what you think is possible to achieve, but they are not. If you start facing these big problems, you grow, your belief increases, and the problems get smaller. At some point, you’re able to solve them.

So, you have to believe in humanity, in ourselves, and never give up.

Marco Trombetti is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and investor. In 1999, he founded Translated, which pioneered the use of artificial intelligence in the world of translation and is now the industry leader. With the profits from Translated and other companies, Marco founded Pi Campus, a venture capital firm that invests in startups in their initial phase, and Pi School, an innovative educational institution to create a new class of artificial intelligence specialists.

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