For many JapanesePod101.com learners, it’s been a long time.
For many others, please allow my to introduce myself.
My name is Peter Galante, founder of JapanesePod101.com: the engine that allowed Innovative Language Learning to grow from one website into a full-fledged language learning company.
For several years, I’ve been locked in the language-learning lab working on a colossal content project. We’ve made some serious strides since our inception, and several product prototypes have begun to reach market. Our creation will power innovative language learning products for many years to come.
We’re seriously excited about sharing these with you, because frankly, we owe you. Actually, we owe you everything. Your support has powered our growth from a podcast to a language learning company.
Thanks to all of the support from all of our incredible learners, we’re counting down to two major milestones:
- 200 million lessons delivered
- 27 language learning websites
So, I thought it was a good time to get my head out of my lab, and…
First, say “Thank You!”
Second, share our story of how we got here.
Rewind to the Start of the Revolution – December 2005
In the beginning, there was one person. Writing, recording, recruiting, improvising, persuading, coding… whatever it took to release a language lesson a day, I would do. Growth was exciting and motivating. The community grew. The team grew. Passion for our product and its reception fueled the expansion from one language to two, and we didn’t stop there.
Fast Forward to the Present Progress – May 2012
A team of 20 incredibly gifted full-timers, network of hundreds more around the world, and an alumni of extremely talented people have taken the company from a Japanese language company to a language learning company. From 1 site in 2005 to 23 (going on 27 in July) in 2012, plus several hundred iPhone and Android applications, e-books, and iBooks. In short, if there is a digital language learning market, we’re probably in it.
You can view the time line here.
The Journey is the Best Part
Along our journey, there have been some remarkable stories that were never shared. There were successes and failures that we never took the time to talk about. Not sharing the story of how we’ve bootstrapped our way to this point without outside funding or investment is one of the biggest regrets I have.
It’s a story of passionate and clever people who have been pushing themselves to the limit to provide high quality language learning material.
Share Our Journey
Things are moving full-speed ahead. The goal of this series of blog posts is to introduce you to our team. Share our successes and failures as we strive to create a better product.
So, Part One: Say Thank You.
I would like to thank all the people who have supported us.
I would like to also thank all of the people that have helped build this.
We’ve met some incredible people in our journey, and we’re excited about the many others we’re destined to meet!