Everyone deserves a voice
The world can feel like a small place. That is how Matt and John felt when they connected for the first time from different ends of the globe. Matt was in Tokyo, working in international education. John was in Guadalajara, working on digital product development. They met online by joining a startup competition in January 2021 and bonded over talk about surfing, appreciation of various world cultures, and experiences of learning languages. Both knew firsthand the thrill and frustration that comes with learning to speak another language.
Their conversations focused on English language learning as the way to make the broadest impact and help millions of people improve their lives. Matt and John noticed that there are many good resources for learning to read, write, and listen to English, but many talented learners are held back because they lack the opportunity to practice speaking English.
They started to envision how technology can help learners improve by speaking often and receiving effective feedback. Modern voice technology can create an immersive learning experience right from learners’ devices. Voices can be recorded and analyzed. A speech scoring system can provide instant feedback. Technology can also help to build a community for learners to connect for live chats, form friendships, and sustain their motivation.
Matt and John won the startup competition and received funding to launch FLOW Speak in July 2021 in San Diego, California.
As language learners themselves, Matt and John are committed to making learning to speak English more natural, fun, and easy so everyone can make their voices heard.