The Pitch Season 2, Episode Eight: Instreamia – Language Learning Made Easy
By Observer Staff | 05/14/13 2:58pm
Moshi Moshi! Time to learn a new language, perhaps? Cofounders and brothers Scott and Ryan Rapp want you to parler francais (or Japanese or Spanish or Portugese) using their online language-learning platform, Instreamia. The educational app uses online videos to create contextualized teaching moments. So while you crank up Shakira or geek out to an online lecture, Instreamia will follow along with you to make sure you understand all the subtle nuances of the lyrics or prose. Unlike other language learning platforms, Instreamia utilizes technology to customize the learning experience and offer students interaction with teachers.
With over 4,000 students in Instreamia’s SpanishMOOC – massive open online course – the brothers Rapp believe their blended learning solution has what it takes to disrupt the online language field. Yet will they be able to convince our investors that their target market is middle schools and high schools and not the lucrative private language learning sector? See what SoftBank Capital’s Nikhil Kalghatgi and Lerer Ventures’ Steve Schlafman think on episode eight of The Pitch.
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