volunteers who write the courses

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    Shouldn't there be a way for us to donate to the volunteers that write the courses we use here? Supporting Duolingo is good, but what about also supporting the Irish, or Welsh, or Greek teams?

    September 20, 2018

    19 Comments


    https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae

    In the absence of a donation system, don't underestimate how much a kind word or two can brighten our day. :)

    September 21, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      you have a point, the work of the volunteers isn't an easy job

      September 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Marie-Clai133496

      The volunteers should get more recognition for their work, that's for sure.

      So ironical that people are prepared to work for free for a very profitable business when it is on line...

      September 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker

      I don't think Duolingo is profitable yet. Unless I'm missing something, it's still running at a significant loss.

      September 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      HughcParker, I believe this article is saying Duolingo has made a profit this year. :)

      September 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker

      I hadn't seen that - thanks. The article says Duolingo is anticipating revenue of US$40m this year, but it doesn't mention the costs. Another article, linked from that one, says that a year ago Duolingo was spending US$42,000 per day on servers and salaries, which is about US$15m a year, but it also says they were planning to significantly increase their staffing. Do you know what their annual costs are now, or whether they're making a profit? I hope they are.

      September 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

      Good question. I don't have solid answers. I just know that this article and something else pop up for me when i search for Duolingo profit 2018. And that there is at least a third news buzz from Luis winning a big tech award this year. I'd look them up again and link. But I'm currently just waking up and using mobile. So, I prefer not to do stuff my interface is bad at. But those are out there is you want to check. Im worried id misquote.

      September 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Marie-Clai133496

      So Duolingo which is valued at 700 million dollars is running at a loss?

      September 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker

      Possibly. A company's valuation is based on the stock market's collective assessment of it's potential future profitability.

      Many tech companies take a long time to achieve profitability, but are valued highly in the meantime, based on their possible future profitability. Amazon, for example, was founded in 1994, but didn't make a profit until the fourth quarter of 2001.

      September 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Fluys

      Duolingo has a few ways of getting revenue.

      September 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageAmbrosia

      e.g. advertising on its website, Duolingo Plus, strategic position for free marketing (Duolingo is one of the biggest names out there for language learning, earning it free exposure from websites/companies like Business Insider while also spreading with word of mouth)

      September 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/benni_eb

      Have a lingot for that great idea! :D

      September 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/davidcwalls

      I subscribed to Plus with the idea that the more we support Duolingo, the more they can support volunteers.

      September 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/SweetCandyz

      Honestly we should, because they could be spending hours on the computer/mobile or whatever just to make us all happy learning a language, we should donate lingots to them.

      September 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/theeshaktiman

      Should we give'em few Lingots?!

      September 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

      and how would you split the donation between volunteers?

      the idea might be good but it's not doable

      September 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/ochtendgeluidjes

      Perhaps based on the percentage contributed.

      September 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

      the percentages may not show the situation accurately tho

      September 23, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Mike209223

      I’m willing to leave the business end to Duolingo. I’m here to learn.

      September 23, 2018
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