volunteers who write the courses
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?
In the absence of a donation system, don't underestimate how much a kind word or two can brighten our day. :)
you have a point, the work of the volunteers isn't an easy job
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...
I don't think Duolingo is profitable yet. Unless I'm missing something, it's still running at a significant loss.
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.
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.
So Duolingo which is valued at 700 million dollars is running at a loss?
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.
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)
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.
and how would you split the donation between volunteers?
the idea might be good but it's not doable