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“What makes Lingotek unique is our track record of building, powering and managing translation for the most successful and vibrant brands in the world.”
Lingotek, The Translation Network is a cloud-based translation services provider, offering translation management software and professional linguistic services. They are the leaders in collaborative translation technology with an innovative cloud translation management system (TMS) that uses computer -assisted translation (CAT) tools to facilitate faster and more efficient language translations. Their multilingual application program interfaces (API) and connectors pair with the industry’s top enterprise applications to automate and integrate the translation process. Lingotek has created integrations for Content Management Systems (CMS), Customer Relationship Management Systems (CRM), Marketing Automation, eCommerce Platforms, Knowledge Bases, Product and Support Documentation, Social Business Software, Desktop Files, and Software Localization. In addition, Lingotek offers language services using a global network of over 5,000 professional linguists.
Lingotek’s Language Services establish the business process and technical foundation for high quality, world-ready multilingual communication. The skill and expertise of the translators, as well as their proven process of translation, matched with the exacting standards of the translation project managers, make Lingotek a winning combination.
Your company and professional translators both benefit from their cloud-based linguistic assets like glossaries, translation memories, and style guides. These assets help linguists immediately get up to speed on the specific terminology and special translation requirements of your industry. Having immediate, real-time access to these accurate, up-to-date localization assets guarantees the consistency and quality of your translations.
Executive Q & A
Lingotek has an interesting corporate history. Tell us how the company got started.
Lingotek was founded in 2006 and is funded by In-Q-Tel and Signal Peak Ventures.
In-Q-Tel is a strategic, not-for-profit investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched by the CIA in 1999 as a private, independent organization, In-Q-Tel’s mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint defining the Intelligence Community’s critical technology needs, In-Q-Tel engages with entrepreneurs, growth companies, researchers, and investors to deliver technologies that provide superior capabilities for the CIA and the larger Intelligence Community.
First Product-A Saas Collaborative Translation Platform
Lingotek’s Collaborative Translation Platform brings together advanced technologies including machine translation, translation memories, and terminology management together in one interface to manage the translation of the content. Its web-based Collaborative Translation Platform was used by global organizations, intelligence agencies and government entities to save time on projects ranging from a few pages to several volumes.
How successful was your first project roll out? Share your experience.
Our first version was introduced in January 2009. In March 2009, Lingotek was chosen by the Library of Congress to manage the translation of one million words from the World Digital Library, allowing for availability of those materials in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Today Lingotek provides translation technology and language services for some of the largest, most innovative companies in the world in a wide variety of industries and services including government, technology, finance, telecom, travel, manufacturing, automotive and education. Their clients include departments in the U.S. Government and several large Fortune 500 companies.
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How big is your organization today? Briefly explain the organizational structure.
The Lingotek management team brings decades of experience and a history of managerial and entrepreneurial success. Their executives have stellar track records of combining technical expertise with business insight to develop innovative localization products to help enterprises improve their operational efficiencies, increase their delivery of multilingual content, and reduce the overall cost of translation. It has a CEO, CFO, and Vice Presidents of Marketing, Engineering, Business Development and Sales. The company has approximately 70 employees in offices in Lehi, Utah; Washington DC; and the London, UK.
Rob Vandenberg, President and CEO:
As President and CEO of Lingotek, Rob is driving the vision of a company that is looking to change the future of translation. Prior to being named president of Lingotek in 2008, Vandenberg served as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing where he was a source of guidance and inspiration. Prior to Lingotek, Rob headed up several successful ventures. He was co-founder and CEO of LocalVoice.com, which was acquired by HarrisConnect in 2005. He was named Vice President of sales and marketing for HarrisConnect after the acquisition. Before his work with LocalVoice.com and HarrisConnect, he was one of the first 20 U.S. employees at INTERSHOP Communications, where he helped build its worldwide clientele as a top performing sales executive.
Ron Heinz, Director of the Board:
With over three decades in the Information Technology market, Ron is the co-founder of Signal Peak Ventures and former Managing Director of Canopy Ventures since 2006. With more than two decades in the technology business, Mr. Heinz was the CEO of Helius, Inc. a Canopy portfolio company prior to assuming his current role. From 2000 to 2003, Ron was the CEO of Phobos Corporation, a Utah-based technology company that was acquired by SonicWALL (NASDAQ: SNWL) of Sunnyvale, California. Post-merger, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Sr. Vice President at SonicWALL. Prior to Phobos, Mr. Heinz spent 12 years at Novell Inc., serving as a Corporate Officer and Sr. He received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an MBA in finance from American University. He has also participated in postgraduate work at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.