Livemocha takes a crack at Rosetta Stone in retail

Livemocha CEO Michael Schutzler hasn’t been shy about taking some shots at rival Rosetta Stone over the years. Last year, for example, the Seattle Internet executive declared that Rosetta Stone would have a “long mountain to climb” in order to compete with Livemocha in online language learning. But there’s one spot where Rosetta Stone has… Read More


Five tips for every startup thinking about going global

Not that long ago, only the largest and most profitable companies could afford to build a multinational enterprise. Today, with Skype, LinkedIn, Google Docs and other services in the cloud available at little or no cost, even a small tech startup can become a multinational. And should. If you aren’t building an international operation, I… Read More

Shirish Nadkarni

Spotlight: Startup vet Nadkarni unwraps shopping app Zoomingo

Shirish Nadkarni’s past entrepreneurial pursuits have included mobile email service TeamOn and online language community Livemocha. Now, the Seattle area startup veteran is looking to tackle an even bigger challenge: shopping. Nadkarni today is unveiling Zoomingo, a new mobile application that allows users to discover discounts on clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items at some… Read More


Livemocha inks deal with Brazilian education company

Earlier this summer, we told you about the $5 million in venture capital that Seattle online language learning startup Livemocha raised. At the time, CEO Michael Schutzler didn’t want to talk about the particulars of the deal, including the new investors who participated. But now details are emerging with news that Brazilian education company Abril Educacao… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Livemocha lands $5 million, tops 10 million members

Livemocha’s online community of language learners continues to spread worldwide. And now the four-year-old company — founded by former Microsoftie Shirish Nadkarni and led by CEO Michael Schutzler — has received some additional rocket fuel to propel the rival to Rosetta Stone forward. LiveMocha has landed an additional $5 million, money which comes on top… Read More