Rosetta Stone's Boulder office may grow
The company eliminated approximately 70 positions from its Arlington, Virginia-based product team to make way for new offices in Austin, Texas, and San Francisco. With a combined capacity to house roughly 100 employees, the new offices are expected to grow quickly this year as they support the company's rapid shift toward online, subscription-based digital learning products.
Jonathan Mudd, a Rosetta spokesman in Virginia, said the office in Boulder - where its staff works on speech-recognition software - likely would grow if the company is successful in its reorganization.
"The office in Boulder is a critical operation to what we do," he said. "If the company grows, the Boulder operation will grow with it."
Bryan Pellom and Kadri Hacioglui co-direct the office that employs 25 workers at 2040 14th St. While at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Pellom and Hacioglui created Sonic, speech-recognition software, that Rosetta began implementing in 2006.
"We are in the process of transforming Rosetta Stone," said Steve Swad, the company's president and chief executive. "A critical part of that is investing in our product organization. By opening offices in Austin and San Francisco - hotbeds for technology with deep talent pools - we are attracting some of the country's best developers and designers to help us strengthen our platforms and bring innovative new products to market."
Swad also announced that Rosetta Stone would launch the first of several products in its kids' learning franchise late this summer, and would likely follow with new offerings in intermediate and advanced English before the end of the year.
Rosetta Stone maintains offices in Boulder, Austin and San Francisco as well as in Arlington and Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the United States. It also has offices in London, Seoul, Korea, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company employs a global workforce of approximately 1,500 people.
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