Livemocha is an exciting e-learning Web 2.0 startup founded by a group of experienced and successful entrepreneurs based in the Seattle area. Livemocha addresses a $20 billion worldwide language learning market fueled by rapid globalization, immigration and travel. Livemocha is a first of its kind web based language learning solution integrating online instructional content with a global community of language learners. Livemocha is a venture funded company backed by Maveron, a leading Seattle based venture firm with tremendous consumer and e-learning expertise.
Shirish Nadkarni (CEO):
Shirish Nadkarni is a successful entrepreneur who is passionate about building great consumer services. As founder and CEO of TeamOn Systems , Shirish led a team that built a unique consumer wireless e-mail platform that is in use today by over 2 million BlackBerry users. TeamOn Systems was acquired by RIM in 2002 for its innovative work which formed the basis for RIM's highly successful launch into the consumer space as the BlackBerry Internet E-mail service.
Prior to RIM and TeamOn Systems, Shirish was a senior executive at MSN where he successfully drove the product and business strategy that catapulted MSN.com from ninth place to among the Web's top three portal sites. While at MSN, he personally orchestrated the acquisition of Hotmail and partnership with Inktomi Corporation to jump start Microsoft's entry into the two largest internet application categories - E-mail and Search respectively.