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Lessons from 'Duolingo': From Startup to IPO


Duolingo is the leading mobile learning platform globally, with approximately 40 million monthly active users. Through its focus on making learning fun and gamelike, its flagship app has organically become the world's most popular way to learn languages. In 2021, Duolingo had the good fortune to successfully IPO. Karin Tsai, now Senior Director of Engineering, joined Duolingo in 2012 when there were about 15 employees. She shares in this talk the key decisions that she believes led to the eventual success of the company and how Duolingo gracefully scaled from 15 employees to over 500. This session will cover ruthless prioritization, evolution of organizational design, and anticipated growing pains and how Duolingo handled them.

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