Hello-Hello is an innovative language learning company that provides state-of the art mobile and online courses. Founded in 2009, Hello-Hello launched the world’s first language learning app for the iPad. The company’s first app was included in the limited 1,000-app Grand Opening of the iPad App Store in April 2010 and featured as an Apple Staff Favorite. The company also launched the world’s first language learning app integrated with social networking during TechCrunch Disrupt SF in 2011.
With over 4 million learners worldwide, Hello-Hello apps are among the top selling language learning apps in the U.S. and internationally. Hello-Hello has over 100 apps teaching 13 different languages available on the iPad, iPhone, Android Devices, Blackberry Playbook and Kindle.
With offices in Washington, DC and New York, Hello-Hello’s cutting edge technology centers are located in India.
Hello-Hello offers the only courses in the market developed in collaboration with The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which is the largest and most respected association of teachers and administrators of all languages at all levels. ACTFL developed the official Proficiency Standards Guidelines adopted by the U.S. Government and educational institutions. Schools and universities use ACTFL’s guidelines to develop their curriculums. ACTFL’s proficiency tests are recognized and used worldwide by government agencies, academic institutions and corporations.
Sarah GontijoCEO & Co-Founder
Proudly Brazilian, Sarah is a true enthusiast about the power of education to improve people’s lives. Prior to founding Hello-Hello, Sarah managed and developed strategy for high-profile gubernatorial and mayoral political campaigns in Brazil. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Law from Faculdades Milton Campos and a Masters in Political Management from The George Washington University.
Rakesh GuptaChairman & Co-Founder
Rakesh is CEO of KiwiTech, a B2B mobile app development company. Today, the firm employs over 200 people and has taken the lead in mobile apps for media and entertainment industries. Rakesh earlier co-founded Aptara, a leading publishing technology company based in the DC metro area. Today, the firm employs over 5,000 professionals, across U.S., Asia and Europe. Rakesh holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State and a Masters in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon.
Rik is an information services executive with a unique leadership track record in the digital and global transformation of educational publishing and financial information. He is currently an Industry Partner for Education at media and information bankers DeSilva + Phillips. Mr. Kranenburg is a former Group President of McGraw-Hill Education. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, he served as Executive Vice President for Standard & Poors.
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