Internships!

Posted 11.17.2014

Hey! Hi!

Idibon is looking for great people to join our team in our sunny San Francisco offices. We are a startup of over a dozen full-time employees (and counting), so this is a great chance to get in on the ground floor of a growing company that is looking to have a sustained, positive impact on the world.

You will be joining a company that’s developing cutting-edge language technologies and artificial intelligence. Our founding team has some of the most experienced people in natural language processing, machine learning, crowdsourcing, and managing information in multiple languages. Joining Idibon will be a great chance to learn about these data science skills, plus astronomy, bicycle touring, emoticons, and furniture design.

We are a for-profit company but we also have a strong social good agenda, having worked in disaster response worldwide, serving organizations who create the world’s most used technology, like Samsung, and organizations helping the world help itself, like the United Nations.

We are looking for several interns and externs that correspond roughly to the different disciplines listed in this internship announcement or for positions that cross a couple of these. For all positions, we are looking for talented, energetic, and committed team players. We love working here, and we want to find others who will share our passion for what we’re building.

Please let send your resume/CV to internship@idibon.com by Sunday, November 23rdWe’re looking forward to hearing from you!

- EVERYONE @idibon

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Language preservation with natural language processing

Posted 11.03.2014

Idibon began our inspirational speaker series last week with Steven Bird.

Steven Bird presenting as an 'inspirational speaker' at Idibon.

Steven Bird presenting as an ‘inspirational speaker’ at Idibon.

Steven is the author of the most widely used text for learning to code computational linguistics, the NLTK Handbook:

Bird, Steven, Edward Loper and Ewan Klein (2009), Natural Language Processing with Python. O’Reilly Media Inc.

Like everyone at Idibon, Steven shares the objective of bringing language technology to all the world’s languages. His career has also focussed on utilizing technology to record the world’s endangered languages. By many estimates, more than 50% of the world’s languages will not be spoken in another 100 years.

Recording languages that have been spoken for generations often means capturing the entire cultural history of a people, in addition to recording an entirely unique way that people have developed to encode and share their thoughts about their world around them.

Language Preservation 2.0

Steven’s inspirational talk at Idibon was on Language Preservation 2.0 (PDF):

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Bird’s talk centered on Aikuma, an application for recording and translating stories and oral histories. There were some interesting design requirements, including the ability to work with indigenous communities, even if they haven’t used smartphones before, to work outside of phone service, and (as much as possible) to work independent of the languages being recorded and the literacy of the users.

It is a tough task: make an app that any person can use that is nonetheless powerful enough that even when used without supervision, it can contribute to recording languages and cultures that are otherwise lost. The motivation is that there aren’t be enough linguists and anthropologists to do the important work of preservation, so we need to do more to enable community members to record narratives and conversations directly.

The office was really abuzz afterward, with everyone thinking about how they can help, it how it ties our own team members global experience to Idibon’s goal of creating technology for the speakers of every language.

Rob Munro
@WWRob

About the Inspirational Speaker Series

Every Thursday, we have an inspirational speaker meet with the Idibon team and give an informal presentation over lunch. The inspirational speakers are from one of three areas: they work in computational linguistics; technology for social good; or they are our neighbors in/near the building of our offices.

If you’re interested in knowing more about our inspirational speakers series and/or social good agenda, please drop us a line–and take a look at our recent job postings!

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New investment for Idibon!

Posted 10.16.2014

We are excited to announce that Idibon has received $5.5 million in investment! This will allow us to create more technologies to support all the world’s languages!

If you are in New York this week, you can see Idibon’s clients John Akred (Silicon Valley Data Science) and Karim Qazi (Edmunds.com) talk about Idibon at Strata, the leading Data Conference. See also, VentureBeat’s coverage of Idibon’s funding.

A big thank you to everyone at Idibon for growing our company – please come join us!

Rob Munro

Idibon Raises $5.5 million in Series A to Deliver Actionable Insights on Language Data

San Francisco, CA – October 16, 2014

The world’s information is doubling in size every two years and most of it is unstructured data, including social media, emails, comments, and PDFs. More than ever, companies need to leverage technology to manage, understand and take action on their data, in hundreds of languages.

By combining machine learning and natural language with a global network of analysts, Idibon is able to understand language faster, with unprecedented accuracy, and at a fraction of the cost of current technologies. Idibon provides business analysts in global organizations and consulting firms with trusted language processing tools that are adaptive to complex uses — from predicting future purchase intent via social media to measure campaign effectiveness in Portuguese, to creating a database about car features from disparate sources in English.

For example, Edmunds.com recently overhauled its technology platform and selected Idibon to extract thousands of different car features from text. “Idibon provides a well-designed and uniquely delivered service that can be flexibly integrated into applications. We are impressed by Idibon’s ability to work with very large unstructured documents with esoteric terminology,” said John Akred, the CTO of Silicon Valley Data Science who led the Edmunds.com initative. “We’re looking forward to applying Idibon’s technology to other use cases at Edmunds and other customers.”

“At Idibon, we empower our clients to extract the information that matters most to them,” said Robert Munro, CEO of Idibon. “Idibon is passionate about helping organizations unlock the information in our rapidly connecting world, from helping make smart phones smarter to helping UNICEF extract information in dozens of languages in Africa — all with the same technology.”

Idibon’s Series A investment is by Altpoint Ventures LP, Khosla Ventures, and Morningside, with participation from Samsung and Inventec. Vadim Tarasov from Altpoint will join Khosla on Idibon’s board of directors. Tarasov’s experience in Europe and the strength of new investors in Asia will help Idibon strengthen their global impact.

Idibon launched in January 2014 and is based in San Francisco, California.

About Idibon:
Idibon helps companies understand their language data. Using cutting-edge natural language processing and data science, Idibon takes unstructured data like social media, emails, and websites, and provides structured answers to key business intelligence questions.

About Altpoint Ventures LP:
Altpoint Ventures is a venture capital firm with offices in Menlo Park, CA and New York, NY, investing in early and growth stage companies in consumer internet, big data and analytics, e-commerce, mobile solutions, augmented reality, wearable technologies and Internet of things. Altpoint Ventures LP is affiliated with Altpoint Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm focused on the middle market with offices in New York, NY and Houston, TX.

About Khosla Ventures:
Khosla Ventures offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital to entrepreneurs in clean and environmentally friendly technologies as well as traditional venture areas like the Internet, computing, mobile and silicon technology. Khosla Ventures is based in Menlo Park, California.

About Morningside:
Morningside is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in seed, start-up, early venture, and growth capital investments.

Press Contact
Robert Munro
rob@idibon.com
415 509 4858

(Original Press Release)

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