Why VerbalizeIt Is Greener Than Your Textbooks

Smartphones and tablets empower users in several ways. They are great tools for communication, organization, entertainment and information, but not many people stop to consider the great value some smartphone apps provide in terms of reducing our carbon footprint. VerbalizeIt is one of those apps.

VerbalizeIt is an exciting app that takes advantage of mobile technology and human intelligence to seamlessly bring together expert translators with the people who need them the most, anytime and anywhere they may find themselves in the world. While there is no shortage of pseudo-translator mobile apps available for different smartphones and tablets, VerbalizeIt does not limit users to the crude online translation tools that are just one step removed from foreign language dictionaries.

In a way, VerbalizeIt is bucking the trend of inaccurate machine translation by shifting the focus back to the value of human communication. With the VerbalizeIt app, smartphone users get the convenience of having an affordable and convenient live translation service at home or abroad. This is naturally a great idea for international travelers who can combine the power of wireless broadband communications with warm and friendly translators who are eager to help them.

VerbalizeIt is a True Eco-Friendly App

How does a human-powered universal translator mobile app contribute to environmental conservation? The first consideration is the company’s paperless business model that takes advantage of mobile technology and existing resources to cut down on the carbon footprint traditionally associated with travel guides and language phrase books. It is more affordable and environmentally friendly to use VerbalizeIt on a trip abroad than it is to carry around a print edition of a book that only contains a handful of foreign language expressions.

There is another important factor that makes VerbalizeIt a green, eco-friendly app: The developers and company directors are mindful of properly leveraging existing resources to avoid creating an unnecessary carbon footprint. For example, the company makes the VerbalizeIt mobile app across a variety of mobile devices to accommodate clients and translators, and all transactions are conducted on the Web. This means that translators do not have to commute to an office or file paper reports. They don’t have to use a company-issued device or buy a new one, either.

VerbalizeIt is committed to keeping business operations green and simple by sticking to a paradigm that is strongly supported by Reliant Energy: A company’s smart use and leverage of existing resources can significantly protect the environment and lower energy consumption by keeping its carbon footprint as low as possible.

Men vs. Women: The Language of Love

This Valentine’s Day we launched “Verbalize your Love” to help people all over the world express their love in different languages. We then hit the streets of New York City with Valentine’s Day cards helping people connect with our translators to learn how to say, “I love you” in different languages and vote on the most beautiful language for love.

Men may be from Mars and women may be from Venus but it appears that their choice in language to express their love is nearly identical. Here’s what we found:

You can still learn how to say “I Love You” in five languages and vote for your favorite language at www.VerbalizeIt.com/Love

Reflecting on 2012: VerbalizeIt and TechStars

It’s that time of year again. Time to close the books on last year and set resolutions for the year to come. Reflecting on 2012, a lot happened to me on a personal and professional letter. I traveled the globe. I ran my first marathon since completing an Ironman triathlon. I graduated with an MBA from Wharton, took part in TechStars, the world’s number one business accelerator, grew my company, and most recently closed a $1.5 million first round of financing from an amazing group of investors.

While I’m proud of all of these accomplishments, I thought I’d take a moment to share some thoughts and hopefully give back to TechStars – a program and community that has given (and continues to give) me so much.

Last night, I participated in a panel in New York to answer questions for TechStars applicants and future leaders in technology and business. What an opportunity! It reminded me how lucky I was to spend 13 weeks surrounded by world-class entrepreneurs, business leaders, technologists, investors, teammates and TechStars classmates.

I was asked whether it was truly worth giving up 6% equity in my company, “my baby”, to take part in TechStars. The answer from all of us was a resounding, “YES” and I even dared admit that I would have given up more than 6% in retrospect, to which program coordinator Nicole Glaros responded, “darn!” – jokingly sensing the opportunity to have a bigger piece of our business.

But I meant it.

The most valuable asset for any entrepreneur is time, and TechStars accelerates success and failure into a short and overwhelmingly rewarding 13 week period. Beyond accelerating an idea, TechStars provides a window into team dynamics (hey, what better way to know if you’re a match for your business partner than to spend 20 hours a day for 100 days), evaluating business operations, testing market hypotheses, focusing on customer and product development and financing opportunities.

And the icing on the cake? 200+ mentors from every industry moving in lockstep to help you achieve success. Value-added capital? I certainly think so.

But don’t take my word for it. Talk to other alumni. Look into the program’s mentors and decide how their experiences (successes and failures) could be valuable to you. Look at the performance metrics of their portfolio companies and apply. Deadline is next Friday!

Best wishes,

Ryan Frankel

CEO, Co-Founder