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Our experiences of starting up the business of busuu.com

A look back at 2010 and a warm welcome to 2011!

Last year is already history as 2011 has started with a lot of positive energy! Nevertheless, we believe it’s still worth taking a closer look at all the stuff that happened with busuu.com in 2010.

January

February

  • busuu.com was a finalist in the BBVA Open Talent competition, being the 5th most voted project (with more than 6,000 votes) out of more than 400 participants.
  • We launched our fully interactive Brazilian Portuguese language course, the 6th language in our portfolio
  • We translated our interface into Portuguese to welcome our new Portuguese-speaking users (mainly from Brazil), who enriched our growing community with their positive Latin vibes!
  • We closed our first financing round with an Austrian business angel, enabling us to further strengthen our rapid international growth.

March

  • Our project received more awards as we won the Innovators Award at the CeBIT fair in Germany, one of the most important events for the digital industry in Europe.
  • We launched our new groups feature, letting our users create their own content around topics of their choice; this popular feature now has more than 5,000 groups.
  • We surprised our users with our fun Easter egg hunt – so watch out again this Easter for the golden egg to win some Premium Memberships! ;-)

May

  • busuu.com had its second birthday which we celebrated with more than 450,000 users registered users from over 200 different countries.
  • We were selected as the Red Herring 100 European Winner, a competition that recognises the most innovative companies in Europe.

June

  • We launched our Travel course for all the language basics you need when travelling abroad, available as a PDF for easy use on the go.

July

August

  • We launched our first language game, in which users can challenge each other on their language skills to win juicy busuu berries!
  • We implemented our interactive Russian course, bringing our total offering to 7 different languages and opening the gates to our active Russian community.

September

October

December

Phew…as you can see, 2010 was a very busy, successful year for our small start-up! Thank you again for all of your support and feedback – the above has only been possible with your help!

But watch out for 2011! We have ambitious plans and exciting new features in the pipeline already – so rest assured that we won’t stop until we create the best language learning solution on Earth! :-)

So, we wish our users all the best and are looking forward to a fantastic 2011!

busuu.com gets a new home

As our little baby busuu.com is growing quickly, we moved last week to our new shiny offices right next to the beautiful Retiro Park in the heart of Madrid!

Of course we inaugurated our new premises with an office warming party with all our friends and the whole busuu.com team!

We all had a great time and are sure that this new home will give us lots of inspiration for further development of our language learning platform! :-)

busuu.com nominated as ‘Best Website Application 2010′ and ‘Best Learning Start-Up 2010′

We are very proud to announce that busuu.com has been nominated twice for the highly prestigious TechCrunch Europe ‘The Europas Awards! TechCrunch is Europe´s most important and respected tech blog.

We are very pleased about these nominations, especially as busuu.com was already nominated in two categories at last year´s Europas Awards! Additionally, this nomination continues our already quite impressive list of nominations and awards we have received so far.

This year, our language learning community is nominated in two categories (the links will lead you directly to the voting page):

We are very happy to see that this year TechCrunch has openend the new category for Learning Startups. This shows the rising importance of e-learning for the whole internet industry.

So many thanks in advance for your vote – please spread the word as every vote counts! We will keep you updated on this blog about the result of this awards – please keep your fingers crossed!

UPDATE: We have received a “highly commended” within the Best Learning Start-Up category! This is an amazing recognition for our work this year and we would like to thank you all for your great support!

busuu.com named Red Herring Top 100 European Innovator

We are very proud to announce that busuu.com has been officially elected as the Red Herring 100 European Winner 2010!

The award was received during the official awards ceremony in Paris today.

Established in 1996, Red Herring 100 lists are regarded as an invaluable instrument to discover and advocate the most promising private ventures from around the world.

All lists consider both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management and execution of strategy.

a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the world European business region.

busuu.com was selected out of several hundred participants across Europe.

The Red Herring 100 award adds to our increasing list of prestigious recognitions, such as:

It shows that we are on the right track in building an innovative tool for learning languages.  We want to thank all our users for helping us in continuously improving our platform!

Happy birthday busuuuuu!

This is a very special week for busuu.com: we’re celebrating our 2nd birthday!

Exactly two years ago, busuu.com was launched. Starting as just a simple idea, our community has grown significantly and very quickly. Here are some of our impressive numbers:

  • More than 450,000 users from all over the world have signed up with us to learn languages online!
  • More than 1.3 million writing exercises have been corrected by our helpful community in 6 different languages.
  • More than 109 millionbusuu-berries’ have been earned by busuu.com’s members!

This rapid development would never have happened without your great support!

That’s why we’d like to thank all of you and celebrate our birthday with a special present – for the next seven days, all members of our community can:

If you’re already a Premium user, you’ll soon receive a 14-day Premium Membership voucher via email to send to one of your friends to share the busuu.com experience.

So let’s celebrate our 2nd birthday together and we hope you’ll enjoy your presents!

Thanks again for creating this wonderful community! Let´s do busuu!

The busuu.com team