|AI training data and translation services via crowdsourcing|
|Founder||Robert Laing |
(AI training data)
Gengo was founded in 2008 by Matthew Romaine and Robert Laing. Prior to starting Gengo, Romaine was an audio research engineer and translator with Sony Corporation, and Laing headed Moresided, a UK-based design agency. Romaine thought of the concept for Gengo due to his experience being asked to translate documents in Japanese and English at Sony, despite originally being hired as an engineer. Prior to its early 2012 rebranding, the company was known as "myGengo."
Romaine initially served as CTO of the company. He replaced fellow co-founder Robert Laing as CEO in 2015.
In early 2018, the company launched Gengo.ai, an on-demand platform that provides crowdsourced multilingual training data to machine learning developers. Examples of requests that can be submitted to the Gengo.ai platform include: chatbot training data, text categorization, data annotation, and machine translation quality evaluation.
The company's initial $750,000 seed investment round concluded in September 2010. Investors included Dave McClure of 500 Startups, last.fm founder Felix Miller, Delicious founder Joshua Schachter, Brian Nelson (CEO at Japan-based ValueCommerce), Pageflakes co-founder Christoph Janz, Benjamin Joffe (CEO at China-based Plus Eight Star), and a number of Japanese angel investors. This was followed by a further seed funding round of around $1,000,000 in mid-2011.
The company announced its $5.4 million Series C round funding in April 2015.
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