How we created Duolingo

Luis von Ahn talks to Jeff Skinner about his experience in creating language learning platform, Duolingo


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Luis von Ahn, founder of language learning platform Duolingo, talks to London Business School’s Jeff Skinner about his experience of becoming an entrepreneur and his commitment to creating products that do social good. It’s a journey that offers up some useful lessons for any entrepreneur starting out.

Luis von Ahn is a former professor at Carnegie Mellon University, who is considered one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. As an entrepreneur, he is known for co-inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow and selling two companies to Google in his 20s. 

He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, a language-learning platform created to bring free language education to the world. With over 500 million users, it is now the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded app in the Education category worldwide, both on iTunes and Google Play.

Luis has been named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science Magazine, one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover, one of the Top Young Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine.

Luis was in a fireside chat with Jeff Skinner, Teaching Fellow of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School. Listen along now.

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