1st solution for on-demand interpretation* in any language by remote bilinguals or pro linguists, in various situations, such as on-the-spot on your mobile, attending a conference, watching a video, etc.
Users make a request for a language pair and tier of service, a handful of our best available interpreters are notified, and the first to accept is connected with the user, via voice-over-IP or by calling a local or toll-free number.
Babelverse is an award winning startup (LeWeb, TheNextWeb, TechCrunch Disrupt) with great momentum globally. The "universal translator" we've all been waiting for!
CNBC: "Like many other rapidly growing start-ups, Babelverse was born to address a universal problem. [...] Innovation or disruption, Babelverse is at the forefront of the tech-driven changes shaking up the $34 billion language-services market. [...] the industry is finally having its start-up moment." www.cnbc.com/id/100765497
*Interpretation: real time translation of spoken communication
Babelverse is unique: we’re a tech company that chooses to rely on people, rather than machine translation (which is routinely inaccurate, or worse, especially when combined with speech recognition and text-to-speech). Only humans can preserve the quality, context, cultural relevance, tone and even emotion of communication. Read more at http://j.mp/ZerothLaw
That said, we see technology – and especially the internet – as a way to empower and connect people, to democratize access, remove inefficiencies, increase freedom and enable new lifestyles.
Our in-house developments include:
- A matching algorithm to quickly connect users and interpreters based on language/dialect/accent, past ratings, availability/location/timezone, topics, etc.
- "Fair trade" formula to calculate specific rates for each language pair, according to data such as cost of living & purchasing power
- Multi-platform apps (web & mobile) powered by cloud infrastructure and cutting edge tech such as WebRTC.
We met via CouchSurfing.org after both moving to Greece to make a change and live in a foreign country. After collaborating on freelance gigs, the Babelverse idea popped up to solve our own daily problem.
Our vision is the seemingly science-fictional idea of being able to truly communicate and understand everyone, while speaking our own languages.
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." – N. Mandela
In the past few years we’ve been living or spending time in more than 20 countries. Not really counting: it's less about the destinations, and more about the journey and the people we meet!
We constantly find ourselves coming across language barriers. Not just in obvious situations like in a cab or restaurant, but trying to have meaningful discussions, for business or more personal reasons.
We're genuinely building this because we love to be able to communicate with people of all cultures!
A keen explorer, in 2004 Josef was volunteering with a Raleigh expedition in the Malaysian Borneo Jungle. He was involved in projects like mapping/surveying an area under attack from logging, which resulted in the implementation of a National Park (The Imbak Canyon). He spent time living and working with the remote rainforest communities, and was part of the team that constructed a brand new library for the area.
We aim to do to language barriers what the aeroplane did to geographical barriers
Assembling a strong community of millions of members around the world
Achieving on-demand interpretation in any language pair
Making it affordable and easily accessible to the largest number
Creating a fair source of income for the community
Interest & engagement from early users & interpreters, and from media & the public has been very strong!
- Audience Choice & Finalist @ TechCrunch Disrupt
- People’s Choice & B2B Award @ The Next Web
- Award Winner @ LeWeb
- Finalist @ The Europas & Dublin Web Summit & Pioneers Festival
- Top 12 startup @ Tech All Stars, by European Union (2012 & 2013)
- Startup Games Finalist @ Olympic Games
- Top 2 Startup in LatAm by Pulso
- Next Big Thing by Bloomberg/TechStars
Babelverse is building something huge, a sustainable company with real values and long-term goals. We’re looking for passionate & globally-minded investors who support our vision.