Common breaks down language barriers for friends, family and the business community through a translated messaging platform.
In the United States alone, over 19 million adults don’t speak English fluently, amounting to about 1 in 10 adults as a nationwide average. Imagine how difficult it might be as a non-English speaker, barely able to communicate with over 90% of the people you live with. Now, compound that with the fact that you’re twice as likely to be poor, twice as likely to drop out of school, and much more likely to be depressed.
These are only some of the tremendous challenges that millions of people experience deeply and daily, and we don’t have any adequate solutions for their problems. On the one hand, real-time translation companies charge per minute what some people earn in an hour (or a day!) — too expensive for all but the biggest organizations and wealthiest individuals. On the other hand, machine translation isn’t yet reliable enough to carry a conversation with all the richness, nuance, and complexity of human language.
This is why Common exists. Our mission is to make translation accessible, affordable, and reliable for everyone, and ultimately, build a world without language barriers.