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Kudo Learning, Inc.

Kudo! makes language learning magic. It's Dora the Explorer meets duoLingo.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Education
  • Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Currency USD
  • Founded 2012
  • Employees 6
  • Website kudolearning.com

Company Summary

Kudo! is an interactive, adaptive mobile second language learning platform for preschoolers. Two to five is the magic age to learn a language, but the few existing solutions are ineffective. Our platform—designed for home and school—uses stories, games, and songs to provide engaging and intuitive experiences for young learners. Kudo! is powered with content from Oxford University Press and is available in ESL and Spanish.


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    Co-founder and CEO

    Shlomy leads strategy and business development at Kudo!. He earned his PhD in Education from UC Berkeley, where he researched child language acquisition and received multiple awards. He was previously a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group focused on tech and media. He led a group of 9 in founding Berkeley Review of Education, and was previously National Manager of Educational Services at Wall Street English for three LatAm countries.

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    Cynthia Rajchman
    Co-founder and CPO

    Cynthia leads product and content development at Kudo!. She is a child psychotherapist and former preschool teacher with extensive expertise in child development. Cynthia previously founded the foreign-language program at an elite New York private preschool. She earned an MA in clinical psychology from CIIS and a BA in Psychology from Hunter College in New York.

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    Gil Nevo
    Animation Consultant

    Gil guides animation and video production at Kudo!. He is a two-time Emmy award-winning animator and an art director with over a decade of TV and advertising production experience. Gil is the Founder and Creative Director of Nice Studios, where he also developed the top-10 video editing app, Vidify.

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    P. David Pearson
    Academic Advisor

    Professor Pearson advises the Kudo! team on academic development. Professor Pearson is a faculty member of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Dean from 2001-2010. His current research focuses on ways of using reading, writing and language as tools for learning, development, and engagement. In 2010 AERA gave him the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award.

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    Michele Golodetz
    Board Member

    Michele Golodetz is a Member of the Board at Kudo!. She was formerly the General Manager and CEO of SIF S.A., Director of New Business Development for Fundación Chile, and President of Golodetz Rate Management Companies. Mrs. Golodetz is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University. She sits on the Boards of Directors of EPC S.A., Sundial Farms, and Negocios Regionales S.A.

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    Mike Manning

    Mike is the former Director of Engineering for Yahoo! Music, where he led a geographically diverse tech team and was responsible for middle tier, front-end web, and desktop application development teams, as well as QA and server operations management for what was at the time the world’s most popular music website. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Mike was the CTO in Residence at Evolution Ventures, where he served as virtual CTO for 6 start-ups.


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    Daniel Heyman

Previous Investors

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    Start-Up Chile
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    ChileGlobal Angels
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    Pipa VC