425 Business – Colorful Language

It’s not often that a rising tech startup’s roots are traced back to something as lo-tech and analog as a deck of colorful playing cards. But such is the case with Blue Canoe, a company co-founded two years ago by three veteran Eastside tech entrepreneurs with a singular goal: Increase business productivity by helping non-native, English-speaking […]

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Blue Canoe Wins 2018 Tech Impact Award

To many, Washington’s tech sector seems esoteric, otherworldly. The reality, is that tech — the creation of new and better tools — is as ordinary as peanut butter and jelly, as essential as air and water. On the pages that follow, we shine a spotlight on 19 honorees whose efforts and accomplishments affect the lives of […]

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Blue Canoe takes on language learning with a focus on pronunciation

If you want to pick up a new language, there’s no shortage of options, and free ones, at that. But one aspect of the process that has been neglected is pronunciation, which is an especially important part of it for professionals. Online, learning pronunciation is generally “hear a recording, then repeat it (to an empty […]

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Blue Canoe Named to List of Startups to Watch

It’s been a big year in Seattle tech so far, with a fresh crop of startups leveraging artificial intelligence, big data, breakthrough security strategies and more to transform industries of all stripes. Seattle has always been a hub for medicine, and healthcare startups are well represented here. But there are also tech companies producing children’s […]

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New Bellevue-Based App Teaches English Pronunciation Using AI

It won’t teach you a new language, but Blue Canoe Learning’s new game app —powered by machine learning — promises to help people around the world communicate more effectively in English. Like many good ideas, Blue Canoe was born over a cup of coffee. CEO Sarah Daniels, who had previously worked at Bellevue-based DreamBox Learning, was […]

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Tech Moves: Blue Canoe Hired Three New Leaders

Blue Canoe Learning, the first startup to be accepted into the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence’s incubation program, hired three new leaders. “These early hires are critical at our stage as we place bets in how we’ll grow in the coming months and years. I couldn’t be more excited by these three executives… Read More >

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The Power of 10 Minutes

The Power of 10 Minutes We live in a world where everyone is busy, busy, busy. There are too many things to do and our days do not seem long enough to get all the things done. How can we possibly squeeze in anything else? However, if we really look, we find we do have […]

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The Perfect Pronunciation

Have you ever started a conversation with a stranger and within the first couple of seconds it feels like you’ve given away your “identity”?” Well, in my case, I always give it away when saying my first name. The conversation usually continues as “Oh, where’s your accent from?” Or, “You’re not from here, are you?” […]

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6 Tips for English Pronunciation Learners

  As a NCAA Division I athlete, I know what it takes to improve yourself every day. Getting better at the sport I love turned into a full-time job, however, it was not easy. The daily struggles of practice, a full class schedule, traveling and mandatory study hall was overwhelming. This was one of my […]

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It’s all about the vowels

What about consonants? One of the most common questions we get at Blue Canoe: why do we emphasize vowels? And why do we not talk about consonants? To answer, let me tell you my story. Five years ago, I made the decision to move from The Netherlands to the United States. I had just graduated […]

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