Rosetta Stone acquires online language company Livemocha

rosetta stoneRosetta Stone has acquired Seattle-based Livemocha, one of the world’s largest online language-learning communities, for $8.5 million in cash. Livemocha has a community of over 16 million members in 195 countries. The company  uses crowd-sourcing to drive content development and social engagement. Livemocha will remain in Seattle.

“We are in the process of transforming Rosetta Stone to be the most dynamic and ubiquitous technology-based learning platform in the world,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Swad. “Our acquisition of Livemocha will help accelerate that transformation. With Livemocha and its vibrant online community on our side, Rosetta Stone will reach more people and change more lives than ever before.”

USA, Arlington, VA & Seattle, WA

lynda.com acquires Austrian online learning company video2brain

lyndalynda.com, an online learning company, has acquired video2brain, GmbH, a European-based online video training company that specialises in German-, French-, Spanish- and English-language courses.

“This acquisition is an investment in our future as we see a huge growth opportunity in new and emerging markets that demand multi-lingual educational content,” said Eric Robison, lynda.com president and CEO.

USA, Carpinteria, CA & Austria, Graz