NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jun 25, 2013) - Smartling, Inc. (www.smartling.com), the cloud-based enterprise translation management company, today announced a partnership with Taghreedat (www.taghreedat.com), an international Arabic digital content crowd-sourcing community-building initiative and the largest Arabic crowd-sourcing initiative in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, to increase digital content in the Arabic language. Arabic is currently the fastest-growing language on the web, outpacing even Chinese. Yet, the amount of content available to Arabic speakers in their native tongue is small compared to the language's rapid online growth. Smartling and Taghreedat want to change that by collaborating on a range of initiatives, such as centralizing Taghreedat's volunteer translation initiatives through Smartling and partnering on localization-focused educational opportunities for Arabic translators.
"Working with Taghreedat, Smartling can help give Arabic speakers access to more online information than ever before," said Jack Welde, Founder and CEO, Smartling, Inc. "Our mission is to make the web multilingual, and Arabic is a critically important language that is fueling global online growth."
Taghreedat, a community of over 9,200 Arab translators, editors and writers residing in 35 countries around the world, has built an active Arabic digital content creation community that contributes directly and significantly to increasing the quality and quantity of Arabic content on the web. It is one of the most influential Arabic brands on Twitter.
"Translating the TED website into Arabic (http://ar.ted.com/) was our introduction to the Smartling translation management platform, and we were immediately hooked," said Mina Nagy Takla and Sami Mustafa Mubarak, Taghreedat Co-Founders. "We work with some of the most advanced tech companies in the world, so we require a sophisticated translation technology that can keep up with the demanding pace. Nothing has come close to the level of sophistication of the Smartling platform. We look forward to scaling our projects thanks to the high quality translation experience that the Smartling platform will offer to our amazing volunteers around the world."
The Smartling Translation Management System (TMS) allows customers real-time visibility into and greater control over their translation projects and makes worldwide deployment of translated content faster, easier and more accurate.
Taghreedat has collaborated with a number of international and regional stakeholders, including San Francisco/Silicon Valley-based organizations and companies such as: Twitter, Google the Wikimedia Foundation, Storify, Easy Chirp, Meedan, Khan Academy, WhatsApp, and Cousera, and New York-based TED, Europe-based GameLoft and Abu Dhabi-based twofour54. Taghreedat has created a community of Arabic digital content enthusiasts from all parts of the Arab world, through its account on Twitter: @Taghreedat, which has over 138,000 followers.
Smartling, Inc. simplifies and accelerates translation and localization for companies reaching a global market. With the first cloud-based enterprise platform for translation management, Smartling helps companies quickly translate and deploy their websites and dynamic web applications, mobile applications, and business documents across the entire corporate digital infrastructure. Named "Most Innovative Startup" at Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal's 2011 FASTech 50, Smartling is shaking up the outdated translation and localization industry with the first platform designed to manage the entire translation, localization and delivery process via a scalable SaaS model. Brands who rely on Smartling to launch and manage localized multilingual websites and applications include Spotify, SurveyMonkey, Foursquare, Path, Vimeo, Kodak, HotelTonight, Uber, GoPro, and more. The Smartling platform currently serves billions of page views per month in 100 languages across the globe.
Founded in 2009 and headquartered in New York City, Smartling is privately held and backed by leading venture capital firms, including First Round Capital, IDG Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners, Venrock and several prominent angel investors.