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Tech In Chicago takes you inside the Chicago tech world. Each week Colin Keeley is joined by Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists to talk about the amazing companies being built right here. Visit for more information.
United States
45 episodes
since Mar, 2016


From Opera Singer to Founder of the Most Successful App Kickstarter Ever - Gabriel Wyner / Founder of Fluent Forever

Gabriel Wyner is the Founder and CEO of Fluent Forever, a startup that aims to help anyone learn a language quickly and remember it forever. He launched a bestselling book 4 years ago and now has the most successful app Kickstarter of all time for his Fluent Forever app. As of this episode, he has raised over $430,000 and he still has another week left.  Gabe is not your typical founder. He is a former opera singer/engineer who has a passion for learning new languages and just recently got thrown into the tech and startup world. He has a lot of great advice and brings a unique perspective to not only learning languages, but also building products.  In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Gabe had to learn multiple languages to become a better opera singer How lying on a french test led to his discovery of spaced repetition Why starting by translating a language is the wrong approach to learning new languages Gabe speaks eight languages but doesn't believe he has an innate skill for it The importance of learning pronunciation at the start How he decided to make an app after having a successful book and flashcards The value in making flash cards yourself How he thinks about budgeting and spending the Kickstarter money How Gabe approaches bootstrapping vs raising money for his company  Gabe's view on the future with translation services and whether the desire to learn languages will ever wane Why founders need to develop a circle of advisors Favorite Books: Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
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