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August 8, 2014

Four Western founders discuss what it’s like to run a startup in Asia

Tech in Asia interviewed Robert Laing, our CEO, asking for his perspective on the benefits and drawbacks of being a Tokyo-based startup. His advice: “You have to love where you live, and you have to have a reason key to your business that makes it worthwhile in the long term.”

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August 6, 2014

Go, IronWorker and SendGrid at Gengo

Gengo uses multiple technologies and platforms behind the scenes to improve our speed, reliability and ease of use. One such service is‘s queue service, IronMQ, which we use to send email.

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May 22, 2014

Gengo cracks 200 million mark for words translated

Tokyo-based translation platform Gengo revealed earlier today that it has translated over 200 million words to date. It also boasts a network of 10,822 translators across 114 countries, who are translating at a rate of four words per second, or 240 words per minute. “Gengo can translate twice as fast as a live translator can […]

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April 21, 2014

Nine cloud ventures from Japan and the United States convened in Tokyo: Visions of the future were discussed during inaugural event

“Cloud services are essential for the increased productivity of white-collar workers.” The CloudBrite Summit opened for the first time on April 17 in Tokyo, and nine ventures from Japan and the United States—all providers of advanced cloud services—gathered to discuss the outlook of the Japanese market. (The summit was organized by the CloudBrite Executive Committee.) […]

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April 16, 2014

Why Translation Innovation Starts in Japan

It takes just a day of wandering in Tokyo as a non-Japanese speaker to understand why translation innovation starts in Japan, and much less so in other places of the world. Both visitor and host are totally helpless and hopeless when trying to talk to each other. That is much less the case in Europe […]

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March 19, 2014

Why this startup is better off in Tokyo than in Silicon Valley

The story of Gengo’s Robert Laing and Matthew Romaine is a source of inspiration for many gaijin (foreigners) building a tech startup in Japan. As I sipped my green tea, Laing and Romaine told me how Gengo started. Their story is nothing short of amazing for a Tokyo-based startup. While Silicon Valley is great, Tokyo […]

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March 12, 2014

Language Translation: What Global Companies Should Know

Imagine having your company’s press release read worldwide, or doing business with prestigious overseas clients. Your small business may not be there yet, but thanks to an increasingly global economy, those dreams are becoming a reality for many companies. As the business world continues to go global, the need for language-translation services is greater than ever. […]

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March 10, 2014

Gengo API Lets Developers Enter New Markets and Monetize

Translation service Gengo is seeing increased global uptake, according to cofounder and CTO Matt Romaine, who spoke about Gengo’s successes recently at the Small Business Web Summit for SaaS vendors, held in San Jose. As a language translation service powered by human translators and accessed via an API, Gengo has a fairly unique business model. […]

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February 2, 2014

Translating tweets in over 30 languages: CEO Robert Laing of Gengo

To translate emails and tweets in Japanese into a variety of languages via the internet: that is the mission of Gengo (Tokyo/Shibuya), which has risen to prominence as a translation service. Its advantages are the low pricing that only the internet can provide and a global network of translators over 10,000 strong. Besides offering translation […]

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November 27, 2013

Tokyo Office Tour: Gengo’s Matthew Romaine talks translation

Back in July we mentioned that Tokyo-based translation startup Gengo would be relocating its head office to Shibuya. Today we were lucky enough to have the company’s CTO Matthew Romaine give us a brief tour of the place, as well as provide some brief updates on how business is going recently. So far Gengo has […]

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