Startup of the Week: Chatterbug

  • Chatterbug was founded in 2016 by Scott Chacon, Tom Preston-Werner, Russel Belfer and Liz Clinkenbeard.
  • The startup offers an interactive language learning tool for English speakers to learn German, Spanish or French through.
  • So far, Chatterbug have raised $9.8 million over 2 funding rounds.





Our Startup of the Week for this week is Chatterbug! On a mission to help users master their language skills. Chatterbug offers adaptive courses, responsive to the way students learn, helping to optimise the learning experience.

This innovative startup was founded in 2016, and begun development in San Fransisco when the four co-founders (who also founded tech unicorn GitHub) were attempting to learn German.

The dream behind Chatterbug was to create an effective tool for language learning that kept a report of progress, enabled users to learn at their own pace, and offered an experience similar to face-to-face lessons – something that couldn’t be more relevant during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Believing the most effective language learning technique is speaking practice, Chatterbug’s method focuses on private, 45-minute video lessons, created and led by tutors from all over the world.

Through the platform, English speakers can learn German, Spanish and French with the aid of 45-minute, one-to-one video lessons, as well as unlimited access to Chatterbug’s interactive multimedia learning material. Once users complete a level, they’ll receive a certificate to confirm their linguistic knowledge to the standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

So far, Chatterbug have raised a total funding amount of $9.8 million over the course of 2 funding rounds. their latest funding round, a Series A, was announced in June 2019, and raised $8 million.