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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nickguyrees

How does Duolingo make money?

I am entirely new to the Duolingo site. I haven't seen any for-pay services or advertisements, so I'm a bit curious what the business model is.

January 31, 2013

69 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ivonaflakus

Wohee! :D I never came across this, thanks! ;) Ah, Duolingo people are just too awesome ;))


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aboitier

This is incredible, such a powerful mind


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nickguyrees

First off, that is outrageously brilliant and you guys are awesome. Secondly, is it safe to assume the translations are then sold to companies, and this is how duolingo maintains server costs, salaries, etc.?

I'm not trying to be all "grr, big bad company that makes money." I'm just curious.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lazo_plazo

Insane and completely beautiful!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rms106

Thanks for this! I had no idea!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StefanoZakher

This is literally a genius idea, i would have never thought about a business model similar to this one. Respect!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morandra

Agree, I have a friend who has a darkroom but he doesn't use it. He tried to make some money but it didn't work. So he started to look for different alternatives. I agree 'cause now we have a lot of different alternatives that can bring us money. He found on the internet passive income ideas https://themoneymix.com/passive-income-ideas/. I saw that blog too. It is very interesting to see how people make money from nothing and how we stay and work for others. I'm thinking to develop one of those ideas too. Hope that everything will work.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brelisabeth

That's so amazing!!! Flipping the business model, imagine what we could build!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-JJW

I know I'm a bit late to the game, but this outrageously good. Well played.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eybcanli

yeah, brilliant


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kyrafaulkner

Thanks for the link!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seichi

This is great. And I started thinking that a good way to pay doulingo back is by learning and it's actually beyond great!.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KhuChunSiang

So, we are helping translate website like recaptcha did or make a better translator(?) that is great, this my first time to hear about it although I'm using Duo for years, but it didn't explain how Duolingo work in today's monetary-market system.

After I know this truth, I went to the "about" link on Duolingo web, it didn't talk about this project and it's hiring employee, so you Duos have some special fund from...?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MagicalSchoolbus

This was from 7 years but still godly


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sanjana0901

This is mind-blowingly brilliant! Thank you for the link


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ogbb23

In the forbes article it says:

Duolingo’s primary way to make money right now is through its web browser version, though 4 out of 5 users are playing on their phones. The company makes money by crowd-sourcing pieces of translation done by its students and selling them to companies like CNN and BuzzFeed.

No idea what that means in real terms though


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ricky.stwn

Amazing business model. But please also Consider to open for donation. I would love to buy you guys a cup of coffee!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lgbrf145

Such a cool idea :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lewons7

I think its a pretty good model. It means in order to get paid they have to get the user to a certain level of competency.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BBGardener

Literally the most courageous and outrageous business model ever. Dream big or go home.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeNesbitt1462

Love languages, but always struggled, until now, DuoLingo is the best tutor ever and I think I tried them all. It's unique combination of alternating tasks and collectible points can keep me engrossed for hours. All the competition are a chore, DuoLingo is a joy.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nithila_S.

This is a really great idea, but I'm a bit slow and I don't really get it. If we give a somewhat more fluent and accurate translation that Duolingo does not yet have, would it not process it as incorrect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nithila_S.

Also, would it not cost an outrageous amount of money to create a quality website like this? I don't really get business.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erez417415

how good one must be to start contributing translations ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheAspiredOne

Genius. It runs according to a positive sum game. Love it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mikezink95

That is a great idea! (I really just wanted to comment to see my achievements).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ali_Kay_

ok im gonna do that too xd


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChadAllen99

lol u only have 1 language XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MattMoran01

This makes me wonder if Rosetta Stone is even worth it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/beingmarina

This is incredible!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/discaciate

Indeed! Ultra cool.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ahmad780

WOW that is BRILLIANT


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cringer_pants

They make money by stealing our Lingots


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AppuB1

Absolutely brilliant. You guys are awesome.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim492302

That is pretty cool.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saracondon2

My mind is actually blown right now. This is one of the coolest/smartest ideas I've ever heard. Makes me like duolingo that much more.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LAURADuhhh

this is nice nice bussines guys thank you for making this website


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jA4oxYet

That is a REALLY brilliant business model. Well done those guys!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Miguel946407

It's the most user friendly buisness model i've seen so far


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EtienneJuneau

That's great! (I just wanted to see my achievements.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eduarsaezrubio

Aa 1000.000.000 dollars working dhaaaaaa


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GaiusTheThief

Completely free and doesn't have to cost money! I'm doing this for class and it is very useful and helpful instead of just using phrases from google translate.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillCreech1

I believe they received a grant for the project.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olafblitz

GUESS WHAT? I WAS RIGHT! THEY ARE USING ADS NOW! WHAT'S NEXT?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Duobimbo

Duo is a holly owl


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dankubuntu

Wait. I'm confused. The company has written me three emails, announcing that my translation has now been incorporated into their list of "correct" translations. Isn't that a good thing? I'm not a "plus" member, and this program has helped me immensely! If we're talking about phishing, I'm concerned.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TBValentino

"And my Dream is, Millons of children from all the world, in developing countries working for free for me" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt7yZB92McM


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beef93

For this you need money. I really appreciate people who have such ideas and dreams

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