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Duolingo's CEO won't rush into hiring.

The CEO of a $700 million company uses a simple sentence to turn lazy employees around

Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn spoke to the Financial Times about an important leadership lesson he learned early in his career and discussed the strategy he uses to turn "lazy" employees into truly committed workers.
It's cheaper to live in Pittsburgh than Silicon Valley, said Luis Von Ahn, CEO of Duolingo.

A CEO who based his $700 million company in Pittsburgh says he’s getting employees who want to work in tech but avoid the Bay Area

Duolingo cofounder and CEO Luis Von Ahn says having a tech company headquartered in Pittsburgh, rather than Silicon Valley, is an advantage. For one, Pittsburgh has cheaper housing; Von Ahn estimates at least half of Duolingo employees own a home.
Luis Von Awn graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 with a PhD in computer science.

The CEO who invented an online tool you see every day gave his tech to Yahoo for free — and he doesn’t regret it

While he was PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University in 2000, Duolingo founder Luis Von Ahn helped create captcha, the technology that distinguishes a human from a computer, and today it's used by nearly every server. Here's why he doesn't regret giving it to Yahoo for free.
Bill Gates, left, tried to hire Luis Von Ahn, right, who is now the CEO of Duolingo.

Bill Gates tried to poach the CEO of $700 million Duolingo, and they still keep in touch — here’s what they talk about

Bill Gates tried to hire Duolingo cofounder Luis Von Ahn for Microsoft's research team years ago. While Von Ahn turned down the offer, the two kept in touch, and have spoken nearly a dozen times since to talk apps and artificial intelligence.
Duolingo cofounder and CEO Luis von Ahn has had a major impact on the way we interact with the internet.

How Duolingo’s CEO went from being a 10-year-old video-game bootlegger to building a $700 million company

Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn not only built the most popular language app, but also created the "captcha" technology used online to verify users aren't bots.
Don't take the word "pineapple" for granted.

15 simple words that feel impossible for non-English speakers to learn

English is a notoriously difficult language to learn, and it's words like these that make it so hard.
Be prepared.

How to ace an interview at companies like Google and Facebook, according to execs who work there

Execs at top companies like Google and Facebook share their best job interview advice.

A CEO who meets every job candidate interviewing at his company gives his best hiring advice

Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn discusses his top strategy for hiring the best talent.

A CEO shares his favorite job interview question — and the reason why people answer it wrong

Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn says he's gotten some pretty cringeworthy responses to his go-to interview question in the past.

A CEO who sold 2 companies to Google gives his best advice on taking career risks

Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn, who sold 2 companies to Google, explains why you should take risks early in your career.