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Last Saturday I went to Y Combinator's Female Founders Conference in San Francisco, which is possibly the most sexist (and sexiest) conference in the world: Absolutely no men are allowed. Attendees range from YC alumni with a couple startups under their belts to 1st time founders just getting started. All the speakers are women, and many of them are YC alums.From a field of amazing speakers, two were particularly remarkable. The 1st speech of the day, by Jessica Livingston, was exceptional, as was Adora Cheung's speech on scaling a growing enterprise. YC Female Founder: Jessica Livingston http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEp9aaQuYp4Jessica is one of Y Combinator's founding partners. Her talk was about company culture.She first reflected on Y Combinator's early days in the broader investment landscape. Compared to other early-stage investors, YC did two things distinctly different: first, they created a new structure of investment by investing twice a year in batches at a very early stage; second, they created a unique collection of people...

We are excited to announce our sponsorship of our first ever hackathon challenge at SINFO's Startup Rush 2015. The hackathon will take place at Instituto Superior Técnico from Friday, February 27 to Saturday, February 28. We are offering prizes for the top 5 integrations built on top of the Unbabel API, with a grand prize of €1000.This is just the start of Unbabel's hackathon participation. Community is the lifeblood of Unbabel, from editors to developers to end users, and we feel honored to participate and interact with so many vibrant, diverse, brilliant people on a daily basis. Startup Rush will be no different. Hopefully see you there!Unbabel Startup Rush 2015 Challenge Details: You should join the hackathon if...

We're not great at blowing our own horns, and we blew it on this one. But better late than never, right?On February 9th, Mattermark released the Mattermark Startup Index: Top 10 Y Combinator Companies by Stage list and Unbabel ranks second on the Seed Stage Companies category!We're pleased to be included on the list alongside 9 other incredible companies: Final, FrontApp, Sliced Investing, Move Loot, Estimote, Bop.fm, HumbleBundle, DrChrono, and BloomThat.Stay posted for more important Unbabel announcements in the coming weeks!...

Happy Chinese New Year! Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg released a video wishing everyone Happy New Year. Chinese New Year, that is. The video is below, as well as a translation of what he says.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9rrQqLUefA Translation:Hello everyone, Happy New Year! At Facebook we will have a big Spring Festival party. At this party we'll have 50 performances and all types of Chinese food . I wish everyone a wonderful Spring [Festival], spent cheerfully with your family. I hope that this year everyone is happy, content, and satisfied!In case you missed it, Zuckerberg first publicly spoke Chinese in October last year, when he conducted a 30-minute Q&A entirely in Mandarin. Feel free to discuss Zuck's pursuit of Chinese and/or the translation in the comments!...

Languages are rich, dynamic networks, constantly changing with time. Translators have their work cut out for them, having to familiarize themselves with slang, idioms, and other twists of speech. (See what we did there?) Moreover, every language has a mountain of cultural baggage behind it and certain languages have words that are so culturally specific that they are impossible to render into English.We know that there are tons of these lists out there, and we love them all so we wanted to make our own.Here are our 25 favorite untranslatable words:Hiraeth [HEER-ey-eth] (noun), Welsch - Hailing from traditional Welsh poetry, hiraeth is the feeling of longing for a home to which you can never return, which perhaps never even existed in the first place. Think of the rose-tinted nostalgia you have for your good, old college days; if you went back now you’d find your campus an alienating place filled with youths in Ugg boots taking selfies....

Today we're happy to announce that Unbabel has teamed up with Alexis Ohanian and reddit to translate Upvoted, a podcast for the stories behind the stories that hit reddit's frontpages, into Spanish.[gallery ids="417,418,419,420,421,422"]Every day, hundreds of thousands of votes are cast across thousands of communities on reddit. reddit propels people and ideas to an audience of millions. We created this podcast so we can delve deeper and go beyond those upvotes -- to learn more about the stories that hit our frontpages and left a lasting impression. Hopefully, we’ll gain further insight into ourselves as well as the communities we love that make reddit so special.As of today, we have transcribed and translated Episode 0 and Episode 1 into Spanish, with the talented and amazing Unbabel Community hard at work on Episodes 2-4.Check out the Upvoted subreddit for more information on ways to listen (highly recommended). New episodes are released every Thursday.To read...

On January 6th, we launched our New Year Giveaway. It was our first ever so we went big: 15,000 words, any three languages you want (provided they're on the platform). We let the giveaway run for a full three weeks and received nearly 1,000 entries from over 100 businesses and individuals with international ambitions.Fate would have it that the gods within Random.org's algorithm would match us with one of our own: fellow Y Combinator alumnus GoCardless![caption id="attachment_237" align="aligncenter" width="596"] GoCardless was the winner of our New Year Giveaway. They will be translating a section of their website on SEPA regulations into Spanish, German, and Dutch to help them expand internationally later this year.[/caption]Based out of London, GoCardless collects hundreds of millions of pounds every year for over 30,000 people, businesses, and organizations in the UK via its no-hassle API. Having raised a $7 million Series B in early 2014...

Customer Support maintains the relationships that drive business, and like all relationships, there are no shortcuts.At Unbabel, we follow 7 rules in every customer interaction. We find that having a short list of principles to guide our Customer Support efforts helps us stay focused on what's truly important as our team grows and our response protocols change.Here's a look at how Unbabel thinks about customer support. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments! 1. Be Honest Whether it is a faulty product, poor service, or simply a misunderstanding, be honest with your customers. Admitting mistakes and/or shortcomings humanizes you and allows your customers the chance to empathize rather than fume. Admitting mistakes is not easy, but transparent communication as you work toward solutions is always appreciated and will result in higher retention rates over the long run. 2. Stay Positive  [caption id="attachment_174" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Your customers can be this cat. Support...

We were glad to start the new year being considered one of the most promising startups! Here are some interesting mentions on the media during the first month of 2015.Portugal Startups made a list of the Top 10 Portuguese Startups to watch out for in 2015 and Unbabel was one of them, being distinguished for its ambition! (Also mentioned in Emprego pelo Mundo). An article from The Huffington Post named Unbabel as one "of the most successful crowdsourcing apps", along with Airbnb and Waze. EU-Startups took a look at Portuguese startups to come up with 5 promising ones. Guess what? We are on the list! We were recognized for our "unique model that combines machine translation with networked human editors, promising a faster, cheaper more accurate translation"! Take a look on Crowdsourcing Week.Unbabel was one of the 6 Portuguese companies selected to receive funds under the program "Horizon...