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Globalizing At Crowd Speed

Crowdsourcing is a familiar trend in the tech industry, but finding the right balance to control the crowd and deliver quick, affordable and scalable services is often a challenge. Through its simple web order form and open API, Gengo is revolutionizing the translation industry.

With the right combination of speed, price, scalability and a human touch, Gengo is massively disrupting the industry and quickly helping the world read and publish across languages, with one click.

This talk will shed some light on how companies can manage their crowd for a more effective globalization process, discuss best practices and share his experience on how Gengo has evolved.

Matthew Romaine is Co-Founder and CTO of Gengo, Inc., a crowd-sourced translation platform launched from Tokyo, Japan.  He’s lived in Tokyo for almost 1/2 his life, first as a child and then after studying Computer Science and Music Theory at both Brown and Stanford University. He returned to Japan to join Sony Corporation, followed by building Japan’s first Internet-only talent voting platform Otorevo for Columbia Music Entertainment. Through Gengo Matthew has built a sliver of Silicon Valley in Tokyo. You can follow him at @quanza.

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Many thanks to Iris Orriss and Facebook for hosting this talk! Please note that the map link above points directly to the exact building location. This may work better than your car GPS.

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  • IMUG

    Video posted on the IMUG YouTube Channel:
    Globalizing At Crowd Speed :: Gengo Thanks again to Matt Romaine and the "Gengons", and to Iris Orriss and Facebook for hosting!

    August 28, 2014

  • Alex

    Hi all,

    I would be really interested in seeing the slides and/or recording of the talk. Will that be made available anywhere?



    March 20, 2014

    • IMUG

      Hi Alex, the recording will go through a quality check, and then through the speaker's company for approval. As this is our first time at Facebook, we don't know how long this will take, but if and when we have it we will post the link here and on the archives. Same for the slides if the speaker chooses to post a copy. ---Joe

      March 20, 2014

  • Victor H.

    Not bad but not as informative as expected.

    March 20, 2014

    • Matthew R.

      Hi Victor - thanks for attending. I'd be more than happy to dig deeper on any Gengo details you're interested in learning more about. We were already running almost an hour behind, so I tried to be conscious of time. Just ping me!

      March 20, 2014

  • Tina J.

    One of the best presentations I've attended!

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Jessica R.

    Bravo to Matt for an excellent talk and to Iris and team for hosting! It was really an enjoyable evening, thank you IMUG!

    4 · March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good technology, good startup. Very good idea of globalizing the internet. We need it now.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • John R.

    Excellent and very trending topic in localization. Great Q&A

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • IMUG

    OK webcast details are available. There will also be a telephone audio-only option. Contact us via this link to request access:

    March 17, 2014

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