Today I’m pleased to announce that we raised $9.5M in new funding led by Sequoia Capital. Bill Coughran, partner at Sequoia, will join our board. Our existing investors‒Redpoint Ventures, Zetta Venture Partners, and XSeed Capital‒all participated in the round. Series A funding indicates two milestones in an enterprise company’s life: strong revenue and momentum, and a compelling plan for the deployment of new capital. It also marks the start of a new partnership, in this case among us, Bill, and Sequoia. We are thrilled because Bill is that unique leader who has contributed to science, managed large technical teams, and led businesses. Sequoia has also funded the businesses we admire most, among them Google, Apple, and Stripe. In this post, I’ll describe what we’ve achieved, what we plan to do, and why we are certain that Bill is the right partner to help us do it. How We Got Here
The languages one learns as a child will influence nearly every aspect of their life: their community, their access to information, and even their career prospects. I observed this most acutely while living in the Middle East, where I met bright and ambitious people who were often cut off from intellectual work because they didn't speak English. While the capacity for language is shared by all of humanity and one of the most fascinating aspects of human intelligence, language differences can divide us socially and economically.