Smartling acquires Jargon to assistance mobile developers prepared their apps for international markets

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:05 AM

New York-based Smartling is known for its “translation management system” software, and marketplace of professional translators. Its software feels a bit love a mainstream content management system love WordPress, but with features built around managing translation tasks like hiring an appropriately skilled translator, and reviewing and revising translations before publishing them where customers can look them.

Smartling acquires Jargon to assistance mobile developers prepared their apps for international markets

Smartling, the translation tech company, has acquired TechStars alumni Jargon on Crunchbase which makes tools for mobile developers who wish to “localize” their apps for different international markets, and the devices and app stores that are relevant in each one.

New York-based Smartling is known for its “translation management system” software, and marketplace of professional translators.

Its software feels a bit love a mainstream content management system love WordPress, but with features built around managing translation tasks like hiring an appropriately skilled translator, and reviewing and revising translations before publishing them where customers can see them.

According to Smartling Chief Executive and founder Jack Welde on Crunchbase, with the all-cash deal, Smartling extended work offers to Jargon’s all team, but founder and CEO AJ Cihla is emotional on to new projects.

Smartling will immediately integrate Jargon’s technology into its own cloud-based software, allowing clients to preview translated content and graphic user interface elements within their mobile apps before they're pushed out to end-users.

That can create a huge disagreement to a U. S. company that wants to create its app available to German users, for example. Welde said, “German is kind of notorious for longer words that can toss off a pretty app design, and in extreme cases, even crack an app.”

A web page that says “four hundred four Error — File Not Found,” in English would read “Error 404. Datei nicht gefunden das angegebene dokument konnte auf diesem server leider nicht gefundenwerden,” in German. And a button that says “Try Again,” would read “Versuch es noch einmal,” in German.

Jargon’s technology also allows companies, and presently Smartling customers, to obtain translated apps out to customers before they even download a new version through a mobile store.

Its “over the air” updates are delivered to a mobile user’s phone via wifi or cellular connections before a company issues an entirely new app version to download.

Executives declined to disclose a price for the acquisition.

In two thousand-fourteenth, Smartling raised $25 million in venture funding in a Series D circular led by Iconiq Capital and Smartling’s earlier institutional backers First Circular Capital, Harmony Partners, IDG Ventures, Tenaya Capital, U. S. Venture Partners and Venrock.

The company’s reported valuation is N of $250 million.

 

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