Originally posted on Gigaom:
Computer scientist and entrepreneur Luis von Ahn has already put the crowd to work identifying images online and digitizing books. Now, the founder of ESP Game (which became Google Image Labeler (s GOOG)) and Recaptcha is determined to get them to translate the entire web – while they learn a new language.
Founded last year, Duolingo is a free online service that helps people learn languages while also translating real-world content from the web. The platform opened to the public this summer and, on Monday, is announcing that it has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The round was led by New Enterprise Associates and included current investor Union Square Ventures. Last year, the company raised $3.3 million from Union Square Ventures and others.
“The goal has been to translate the whole web into every major language,” said von Ahn, who is co-founder and CEO of Duolingo.
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