Fleep User Stories is a new series of blogposts that tracks the lives and experiences of the teams and startups that use Fleep in their daily business.
This time I talked with Ave Habakuk the community manager at Lingvist. Earlier this year she and their team launched their French beta-program and in addition raised a €1 million round of funding. The investment came from SmartCap (the investment arm of the taxpayer-funded Estonian Development Fund), Nordic VC Inventure, and several angel investors from Estonia and elsewhere.
Lingvist is a smart language learning software that aims to significantly reduce the time needed in language learning. We do this by tailoring the learning process to every individual user in real time, to best suit their knowledge and skills. The technology of Lingvist combines mathematical methods from nuclear physics (CERN) with contemporary language science and is developed by the people who created Skype. Although all this sounds incredibly complicated, learning with Lingvist is actually rather simple. The program is currently in private beta.
The company was founded just over a year ago by Mait Müntel, Ott Jalakas and Andres Koern. The company’s inception came about after Müntel, who has a background in physics and had been working at CERN for several years, became interested in learning French and couldn’t find a fast enough way to do so.
Altogether there is 8 of us here at Lingvist and incredibly enough, we are spread out across 4 locations – Tallinn, Tartu, Stockholm and London. Having everyone on the same page and sharing information is essential for quick progress of a startup. I suppose one could say that Fleep is something like our water cooler, where we all meet daily and where all the important conversations happen.
How did you find out about Fleep?
Jaan Tallinn, an investor we share with Fleep, suggested we take up using it since according to him, it is the best communication app for building a startup.
How are you using Fleep?
We mostly use Fleep for conversations that are centered around particular topics or projects, some of the most recent include setting up new metrics or hiring an UX designer. It is really great that not all the participants have to be online for the conversation, which is something that happens often with people working in different time zones. It is easy to back track and see what was discussed while you were away and still have access to the files that were set up, such as screenshots of CVs. Most of the Fleep chats are between our team members, but we also occasionally include people from outside of the team, as it is more convenient to have a multiparty conversation on Fleep than on e-mail.
We have come to use Fleep for quick access to some frequently needed information. For instance the UK phone numbers of team members temporarily in London are pinned to the sidebar of our TechStars conversation and some frequently needed access URLs are pinned to the development chat. No need to go through e-mails or bug your colleague several times – the information is just there, highlighted next to the relevant topic.
So much about Lingvist, one of our cool startup Fleep users! I have personally already signed up for the beta of Lingvist and am using it to learn French! Let’s see how good I’ll become in this, what I can say right now is that it’s working for me “tres bien!”.
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