Smartling, a four-year-old midtown firm, helps clients like Nokia more efficiently manage translations of websites and all their intricate code. Its first customers were Web 2.0 companies like Foursquare, but today the 55-employee firm is chasing a more lucrative market: global enterprises. Firms like Kodak make up about 20% of its client base. Many use its services to launch and translate trade-show websites and other international hubs.
Smartling's founder and CEO, Jack Welde, said that revenue is increasing by 50% each quarter. The company has raised $9 million in venture funding.
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Realtime website translation service Smartling is debuting a new self service version of its platform that caters to small businesses as well as large companies.
TechCrunch Disrupt finalist CloudFlare is teaming up with realtime website translation service Smartling to allow users to translate their websites into any language. As you may know, CloudFlare offers a service that protects websites from online threats, promises and increase in page load speeds, and more.
Last Friday, I was collecting the grim news from Norway from local news sites in that country. News sources like NRK.no, it seemed to me, were publishing details of the attacks faster than international news sites in English, so, perhaps stubbornly, I stuck with them. But I'm not a Norwegian speaker, so I was at the mercy of Google Translate, and while it largely worked, I kept running across weird things. The phrase “shooting at vermin” kept appearing in stories about the shootings on Utøya Island, and I never figured out why.
Received $10M Series B Funding
Participation U.S. Venture Partners, Venrock, First Round Capital, IDG Ventures
70% of users on the web do not speak English. Considering how many web sites and services are done entirely in English, obviously, this is a problem. Smartling thinks it has the solution. And now they have $4 million in funding to prove it.
Received $4.1M Series A Funding
Participation Venrock, U.S. Venture Partners, First Round Capital, Accelerator Ventures, Felicis Ventures, lessin X2, llc