Duolingo raises $35m funding from Durable Capital and General Atlantic bringing total raised to $183m

– USA, PA –  Duolingo, the world’s most popular language-learning platform, today announced that it has raised $35 million in financing at a $2.4 billion valuation from Durable Capital Partners LP and General Atlantic bringing the total funding to $183 million.

“At Duolingo, we’re driven by our mission to develop the best education in the world and make it universally available. I’m proud of the impact we have achieved while also significantly growing our business,” said CEO and co-founder, Luis von Ahn. “In welcoming Durable as our newest investor, and securing General Atlantic’s deepened commitment, we look forward to partnering with them and using this new capital to further scale our business and bring Duolingo to millions more people worldwide.”

Duolingo will use the new capital to fuel continued investment into the research and development of its suite of global language-learning products, as well as to accelerate the growth and expansion of its team.

Earlier this year, Duolingo announced the appointment of experienced new members to its Board of Directors, with the addition of former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Jim Shelton and seasoned technical executives Amy Bohutinsky and Sara Clemens to the Board.

Duolingo is the most popular way to learn a new language. The company has seen robust growth every year since its creation in 2011, with more than 500 million total app downloads and over 100% revenue increases during each of the past three years. While learning content on Duolingo is free, the company has grown its revenue with advertising and a paid subscription offering, Duolingo Plus, which removes ads and provides other additional features.

“Duolingo is the kind of business that matches what we look for in our investments: they are mission-driven, have a great culture, and great people that can compound significantly over time,” said Henry Ellenbogen, founder and chief investment officer of Durable Capital Partners LP. “Luis is also an incredible entrepreneur, and we’re very excited to partner with Duolingo for their next phase of growth.”

Tanzeen Syed, Managing Director at General Atlantic, commented, “We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Luis and Duolingo after initially investing in the business in April 2020. Duolingo has successfully built foundational learning technology, an effective and engaging product, and a passionate community of users. We believe the company has additional opportunity to strengthen its market-leading position and expand its product, team, and customer base, while capitalizing on the global acceleration in digital learning.”

About Duolingo

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app worldwide. The company’s mission is to make education free and accessible to all. Duolingo offers 98 total courses across nearly 40 distinct languages, and is available on iOS, Android, and Web. Valued at $2.4 billion, the company has raised more than $183 million in venture capital from investors including Durable Capital Partners, General Atlantic, CapitalG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Union Square Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Drive Capital, Ashton Kutcher, and Tim Ferriss.

For more information : https://www.duolingo.com/

About Durable Capital Partners LP

Durable Capital Partners LP is an investment adviser founded by Henry Ellenbogen. Durable Capital Partners LP’s investment philosophy is grounded in sourcing small-cap and mid-cap compounders in both the private and public markets. Prior to founding Durable Capital Partners LP, Ellenbogen spent 18 years at T. Rowe Price, where he was Portfolio Manager of the Media & Telecom Fund (2005 – 2009) and the New Horizons Fund (2010 – March 2019). Henry was also T. Rowe Price’s Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Equity Growth.

About General Atlantic

General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. Established in 1980, General Atlantic combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and management teams to build market-leading businesses worldwide. General Atlantic has more than 175 investment professionals based in New York, Amsterdam, Beijing, Greenwich, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore.

For more information : https://www.generalatlantic.com/

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