Ryan Frankel entered the Shark Tank, and came out a winner.
Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, beat out Mark Cuban and the rest of the sharks to invest in Ryan’s company on the season finale of the hit ABC show.
“Quite honestly, every single one of the sharks could have added value to our business. We certainly did our research on what the ultimate outcome would be,” said VerbalizeIt’s Ryan Frankel.
The Pikesville native and Park School alum co-founded and conceived the translation app, VerbalizeIt.
“We enable people to use their phones to instantly connect to a human translator. Any time of the day. From anywhere in the world and from any phone,” Frankel said. “You’re instantly connected to a live person somewhere around the world that can communicate directly on your behalf,” he added.
The idea popped in Frankel’s head after a trip to China. Let’s just say he ordered the wrong menu item and didn’t feel well the next morning. Since that trip, VerbalizeIt has grown into an international success.
“We have 25,000 customers, 10,000 translators. We have users on every single continent. We’ve got clients ranging from an individual traveler to a multi-national corporation to a small local business that just want to navigate language barriers,” Frankel added.
So whether it’s Spanish, French or maybe even “Bawlmerese,” Verbalize it can translate it for you.
“We’re thinking about it. You know the Baltimore hon is tough, but we’ve got plenty of people up for the challenge,” smiled Frankel.
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