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Acquired bybabbel

General Information


35 Stillman Street
Suite 220
San Francisco, CA, 94107


Founder & CEO
VP of Pedagogy


TOTAL $820k
Seed, 9/2008
Kevin Yu
Seed, 1/2011
Novak Biddle Venture Partners
Angel, 1/2011
Sean Glass


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★ “Making learning a language fun” - The Wall Street Journal ★ “Enabling a Conversational Language Learning Experience” - The New York Times ★ TechCrunch Disrupt Finalist - TechCrunch

PlaySay is an iPhone game that connects language learners so they can have real conversations with pronunciation feedback.

PlaySay is a #1 ranked Education app in the USA, acquiring up to 10K new users per day in the English/Spanish segments of the global $83B market for language learning.

PlaySay is TechCrunch Disrupt Finalist, backed by the most active VC’s in the education space of the USA (Novak Biddle Venture Partners). PlaySay has closed premium content deals with the largest language learning publisher of the USA (McGraw-Hill) as well as the largest foreign language dictionary publisher of the world (HarperCollins).

Recent Milestones

  • Handshake
    PlaySay was acquired by babbel. (3/21/13)
    Posted 3/25/13 at 8:09pm via
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    PlaySay — PlaySay Spanish launched (5/1/12)
    Posted 5/27/12 at 5:08pm via
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    PlaySay — At TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 in San Francisco, PlaySay unveiled the world’s first method of learning foreign languages by communicating in those languages through pictures. (9/13/11)
    Posted 9/14/11 at 6:38pm via
  • Check
    PlaySay added Bob Laws as VP of Pedagogy. (3/15/11)
    Posted 9/12/11 at 12:29pm
  • Dollar
    PlaySay received $750k in Seed funding. (1/24/11)
    Posted 9/12/11 at 11:47am
  • Dollar
    PlaySay received $50k in Angel funding. (1/24/11)
    Posted 11/15/11 at 1:46pm
  • Dollar
    PlaySay received $20k in Seed funding. (9/1/08)
    Posted 2/1/10 at 10:01pm
  • Check
    PlaySay added Ryan Meinzer as Founder & CEO.
    Posted 2/1/10 at 10:01pm
  • Check
    PlaySay added Billy Leung as Advisor.
    Posted 10/9/12 at 11:13pm



PlaySay Startup Battlefield Presentation - Disrupt SF 2011

Added: 10/7/11

PlaySay Spanish App

Added: 5/29/12


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  1. German Language Learning Startup Babbel Buys Disrupt Finalist PlaySay To Target The U.S. Market ( [edit]
  2. Representative Director, PayPal Japan [edit]
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  5. PlaySay Uses Facebook To Help You Learn A Language ( [edit]
    PlaySay: Social Language Learning App Launches With $820k And A HarperCollins Deal In Its Pocket ( [edit]
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