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Our experiences of starting up the business of busuu.com

Happy Birthday busuuuuu!

We’re celebrating our 4th birthday! More than 16 million users worldwide learn up to 12 different languages on busuu.com and we want to celebrate our big day with all of you!

So we’ve prepared two special surprises! Until 23 May 2012, you can:

  1. try out our Premium MembershipPremium Member for free
  2. get a 10% discount on our Premium MembershipPremium Member when you upgrade!

Happy Birthday busuu.com

4 years of online language learning on busuu.com have added up to many experiences and we’re very happy to have come so far in such a short time. Only in the last year, we:

And much more! Try out our Premium functionsPremium Member for yourself for free until 23 May 2012 to test all the new features we have added to the Premium experiencePremium Member!

10% discountAs a Premium MemberPremium Member, you will be able to:

  • get a busuu.com certificate
  • access grammar units
  • listen to key phrases and dialogues
  • access all of our mobile app content
  • and much, much more!

Have a look at the full list of Premium functionsPremium Member. But be quick, because the 10% discount will end on 23 May 2012.

Thanks for being part of the global busuu.com community; we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays and other special occasions with you!

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busuu.com reaches 10 million users

We’re growing quickly and it’s all thanks to you! In just three-and-a-half years, over 5 million users have registered on busuu.com. In little more than one year, our apps have been downloaded 5 million times. That makes 10 million in total!

Every day, over 15,000 new users join busuu.com to improve their language skills with other native speakers and our award-winning courses. No wonder we are the world’s most active online community for learning languages.

If you want to learn languages on the go, our apps for iPhone and Android (e.g. Samsung, LG and Motorola) are an ideal add-on to our online community. In June 2011, our app won the “Stiftung Warentest” for Best Mobile English Vocabulary Trainer. At peak times, we register 40,000 downloads a day. Downloads for the Android apps in particular have gone through the roof: in only 3 months almost 1,500,000 apps from this particular operating system have been downloaded.

          

The apps are available for all nine languages offered on the website and do not require an internet connection to access the content. They include 20 free learning units for each language – full content with over 3,000 words and key phrases can be purchased from inside the app, from beginner to intermediate level. You can even synchronise the app with your busuu.com profile and earn busuu-berrieswherever you are. Get your own app now!

We plan to grow even more in the future and soon we’ll add new languages to make busuu.com available for even more people around the globe.

busuu.com wins the Education category of The Europas!

The winners of The Europas were announced on the 17th of November 2011 and we are thrilled to announce that busuu.com won the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’. This is fantastic news and we are honoured to be the best European Education Startup. This would not have been possible without you, a BIG thank you for all your support!

This was the third year that The Europas took place, in 2010 we received a ‘Highly Commended’ in the category ‘Best Learning Startup’. The advisory board, formed by 22 key European VCs and journalists, selected the finalists from 400 candidates which then went to the public vote and generated about 40,000 online votes. Almost 500 people attended the award ceremony in London to celebrate the best of Europe’s startups, VCs and entrepreneurs.

Thanks again for your votes and this important award! This is an amazing recognition which motivates us to continue working hard and to keep improving busuu.com!

busuu.com is in The Europas finals!

We’re very excited to be in the finals of The Europas – the European Tech Startup Awards! This is the third year that The Europas celebrate the best of Europe’s startups, VCs and entrepreneurs and you are the one who chooses the final winner!

Voting is easy: Go to the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup‘ and vote for busuu.com. In 2010 we were ‘Highly Commended‘ in the category ‘Best Learning Startup’. This year we want to do even better. Help us win the award for ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’ and vote for us now!

Online education has grown strongly in the past few years. In the case of language learning, it makes sense to go online: busuu.com connects people from over 200 countries worldwide who teach and learn languages in our online community.

In only 3 years we have grown to become a community with over 4 million users. Let’s keep up the good work and show the world that we really are one of the best European Tech Startups! Vote for us and tell your friends, too!

The winners will be announced on 17 November 2011 in London. We will of course let you know if we are selected.

busuu.com now has 3,000,000 users!

Time to celebrate, the busuu.com online community now has more than 3,000,000 users from all over the world!

We have grown rapidly, with over 1,000,000 new users in just 4 months. That is equal to 10,000 new users every day, who all want to teach and learn languages on busuu.com!

In fact, our online language community is now almost as large as the population of Madrid (where our head office is based). Imagine the whole city writing and correcting exercises on busuu.com!

Since we started in May 2008, you and the rest of our online community have:

  • earned more than 770 million busuu-berries
  • written or recorded more than 8 million exercises
  • made more than 18 million corrections
  • completed more than 50 million learning unit parts

Assuming that each learning unit part takes around 10 minutes to do, we have already provided over 950 years of language learning. In other words, we covered almost a millennium of language training in just 3 years!

Once again, thank you for your participation and support. We are thrilled to have such a strong community and look forward to continue growing with you.