Microsoft Ventures invests in Translation as a Service startup Unbabel

Unbabel is a Translation as a Service startup that develops state-of-the-art technology in improving translation quality, the selection of translators and in predictive translation. It allows enterprises to reach their customers in their native language through the Unbabel API. Human involvement is the main difference between Unbabel’s API and Microsoft/Google’s Translator APIs. Unbabel has a global community of linguists who post-edit the content until it sounds right. Unbabel today announced that it has raised $23 million in a series B round of funding from Microsoft Ventures and others.

“The world’s biggest global brands are realizing that there’s a huge gap between basic translation and real communication when localizing for different regions,” said Unbabel CEO and cofounder Vasco Pedro. “Nothing puts customers off more than a lack of care to communicate in their own language.”

“Unbabel is eliminating the language barrier for large enterprises to easily serve a global customer base,” added Scale Venture Partners’ Andy Vitus. “Never before have companies been able to easily integrate translation into daily workflow in a cost-effective way. This integration is setting up Unbabel to be the central hub for translation in the enterprise.”

via: Venturebeat