Luis von Ahn’s Duolingo Makes Splash with CNN, BuzzFeed Partnerships

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Duolingo Community Now Translating CNN, BuzzFeed Articles — Crowdsourcing translation and language learning company Duolingo announced this week that it’s partnering up with media outlets CNN and BuzzFeed to translate content into French, Spanish, and Portuguese. We take a look at Duolingo’s big news, and explain why it’s a major development for crowdsourcing.


Duolingo Launches ‘Incubator’ to Crowdsource New Language Classes 

It’s clearly been a very busy week for Luis von Ahn’s Duolingo. In addition to Monday’s big announcement, the crowdsourced language learning company launched an ‘incubator’ last week that asks the crowd to help create lesson plans for new languages.

How to Make a Great Crowdfunding Video (for Beginners) 

Sarunas Daugirdas, a Chicago-based videographer, writer, and producer, writes in to give advice on how to shoot an engaging crowdfunding pitch video.

Crowdfunding Tip of the Week: ‘Cash From the Crowd,’ a Guide for Entrepreneurs 

Want to spend this Wednesday improving your crowdfunding game? Check out the latest guest post from Rose Spinelli, who writes about “Cash from the Crowd,” a recent book on funding your campaign.

Preventing Car Crashes in Russia with the Help of the Crowd 

One of the things that can get speeding Muscovites to slow down, thinks the creative agency Hungry Boys, is a gruesome car wreck. So the agency is asking the crowd to help find the best spots to place destroyed vehicles for its ‘Crush the Speed’ campaign.

Estate Planning For Technology Executives Engaged In Crowdfunding [Part IV] 

Thomas Vass concludes his series of articles aimed at company executives considering crowdfunding investments. Ever interested in the details, Vass’ series focuses on how crowdfunding affects estate settlement plans for owners of closely-held companies.

Harness the Crowd Releases a ‘Practical Guide to Crowdfunding’ 

Harness the Crowd is a great source for campaign owners who want the best advice about raising money on crowdfunding platforms. Recently, the team behind Harness the Crowd put out an ebook as a ‘practical guide to crowdfunding.’ Is it worth its (relatively low) price? Read on to find out.

With CrowdConf 2013 Getting Closer, Check Out What’s On the Agenda 

CrowdConf 2013, one of the premiere crowdsourcing conferences, is only a week away. We take a look at some of the topics on the agenda and the companies who will be partaking in the discussion.


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