Smartling Raises $10 Million To Help Companies Quickly Translate Apps

Posted Aug 1, 2012

is a New York based company that has raised $10 million in funding.  Their service is extremely valuable for companies that want to scale their applications beyond jut English-speaking users.

Smartling can translate web and mobile apps into up to 100 languages.  They have clients like Blackstone, IAC, Teavana, Path, Foursquare, SurveyMonkey, Vimeo, Nokia, Slideshare, and Kodak.

Smartling founder Jack Welde has a background in linguistics.  Smartling has a network of over 1,000 human translators and it lets companies add their own translators.  Instead of passing documents around, Smartling allows developers to load their websites into Smartling.

Smartling developed a new dashboard that makes translating even easier.  The new app has analytics, collaboration, and project management.

Welde sold a company called  Trio Development to Apple in the mid-1990s.  After that he spent nine years flying around jets with the Air Force and served as an exec at eMusic.

Trio co-founder Joseph Ansanelli is an investor in Smartling and he recently joined Greylock.  First Round Capital, IDG Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners, and Venrock are also investors in Smartling.  The company has raised a total of $14 million across two rounds.