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By: Julian Chokkattu, via Tech Crunch

In the interconnected world, machines are too rigid in understanding the nuances in translating languages and humans are too slow for on-the-fly translation. That’s why Unbabel brings robots and humans together to deliver a faster and affordable translation service.

Launched in March and backed by Y Combinator, CEO and co-founder Vasco Pedro says four months later, Unbabel is growing about 15 percent a week in sales and 12 percent a week on the number of editors working on the platform. The company has about 160 paying customers.

Unbabel uses machine learning technology and human translators to help companies bridge language barriers through a scalable and affordable translation process. The company’s API is integrated with the company’s workflow for faster service.

A customer sends content to be translated via email, online order or through Unbabel’s API. Once Unbabel gets it, it is automatically translated and then refined by two human editors. The translated message is then sent back to the customer. Unbabel charges two cents per word, but also offers bulk discounts. Editors earn $8 and anyone can become one if they have good knowledge in 2 or more languages.

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