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CTO For A Game Changing Adaptive Foreign Language Startup

CTO For A Game Changing Adaptive Foreign Language Startup


Helium


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game dev

 

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\nWARNING\n\nI am just a one-man startup (with a few part timers), pre-product with no outside funding (yet). But I experienced a huge problem and have a great solution for it. But I need help.\n\nThis isn’t a job posting for someone who likes the 9-5 life and the safety of a regular paycheck.\n\nThis is a posting for someone who wants to make a fundamental improvement in the life of millions of people. There are approximately 1.5 billion language learners in the world, but only 7-15% can claim fluency. That means there are more than 1 billion people who started a language but never got there.\n\nIf you’re still reading and excited about the opportunity to promote foreign language literacy, you’re probably who I am looking for. \n\n--\n\nThe problem\n\nI speak Vietnamese, English and Japanese. My language ability has opened many doors and allowed me to travel the world. But learning a language IS HARD. And now I want to give back by making it easier to master a language. A. LOT. EASIER.\n\nStudying Japanese was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. I have been studying for 7 years and at this point I still can’t say I’m fluent. I’m stuck at the intermediate hump, where real-world content is too difficult and time-consuming to master and most edtech tools like Duolingo are too basic. After a long day at work, I can’t be bothered to pick up a dense book full of characters that I don’t even know how to put in a dictionary in the first place. Studying a language requires persistence, time and motivation, which come in rare quantity for people with work and personal responsibilities.\n\n35% of all language learners are at the intermediate level, meaning that there are more than 500 million people who are likely facing the same issue I have. The most motivated ones make it over the hump, but most don’t.\n\n--\n\nThe solution\n\nI always wish I had a personal learning assistant, someone who would know my level and give me content that matches my current ability. Someone who would answer questions on the spot when I run into words or phrases I don’t know. Someone who would give me daily quizzes to make sure that I retain what I’m studying. That way, most of the time I spend studying is actually for studying, not fumbling around with a dictionary or flashcards.\n\nThat is the product I want to make. Using machine learning and natural language processing, as well as some good old spaced repetition system, I want to create a product that serves as your personal learning assistant. Showing is better than telling, so here is what it looks like: www.helium-app.com/?utm_source=stackoverflow. I don’t want to make a cookie-cutter language app, I want to make a pedagogically-informed, intelligent and personalized learning app. This is the future of edtech.\n\n--\n\nThe feedback\n\nIn about five days we’ve had 500 completely organic signups and tons of positive feedback. The average conversion rate is 20% (having excluded the first day which was mainly friends and family signups). People need this!\n\nHere is one:\n\n“My name is James and I'm more interested in Helium than the average person. I've been learning Chinese for years, and this is something I've always thought needed to be made. But on top of that, I'm a developer as well, and really appreciate the work you must be putting into this app. Right now I'm living in China still trying to improve my Chinese, and this app is basically exactly what I need. I have plenty of friends here studying for the HSK test that would absolutely love it as well.”\n\n--\n\nWhat’s in it for you\n\nIf you’ve gotten this far, chances are the opportunity to create something from scratch with massive potential impact together with smart and passionate colleagues is what gets you going. In addition to that, I will give you equity, and a lot of it, to make this thing happen. I’m committing my foreseeable future to this and just quit a very well-paid PM gig, and I want to make sure you do too.\n\nWe can talk about a minimal salary to support your expenses, but there is nothing that says I’m in like sipping ramen for months in exchange for a chunk of nothing that would be something when we make Helium a reality.\n\nJoin Helium, and rise!


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