Learning More than Language from Duolingo

Duolingo is one of those apps that’s just really good. I use it daily. And that’s by design (their design)— which is something you will learn about if you watch below.

My friend Anja McClellan (she’s also a BKW blog reader—thank you Anja!) sent me a podcast of Tim Ferriss interviewing Duolingo co-founder Luis von Ahn a couple of weeks ago. I finally had some time to listen. It’s really wonderful. Learn about:

  • “Metrics-based teams” (the daily “streak” team is clearly doing a good job… it’s working on me)
  • Laela Sturdy (my neighbor with the best last name)
  • When to micromanage and when to develop teammates
  • And more

Listen to the whole thing (I did) via the first video. Or check out the excerpts further down the page.

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