Blue Canoe wins Qualcomm Ventures’ Pitch Competition
Sarah Daniels accepting check at Qualcomm Ventures Female Founders Summit

Qualcomm Ventures hosted their first Female Founders Summit that “brings together the most promising, US-based, early stage technology startups with at least one female founder, with venture capitalists and industry experts for an afternoon of networking, discussion and opportunity.” Blue Canoe is honored and humbled to have won the competition. We are thrilled the judges […]

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Pilot study shows technology breakthrough for adults in improving spoken fluency in English
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Blue Canoe Learning and Native English Institute (NEI) have completed a three-month study that evaluated Japanese and Russian participants who are working to improve their English.  By combining a weekly online 1:1 session with an expert NEI teacher with daily 10-minute practices with the Blue Canoe mobile app, study participants significantly improved the comprehensibility of […]

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AI2’s Oren Etzioni to entrepreneurs: It’s not too late to ride the machine-learning wave

Another startup that’s maturing in AI2’s incubator, Blue Canoe Learning, has developed an app that uses speech recognition and machine learning to help users pronounce their English better. “Why is pronunciation important? A, there’s a bunch of people I know, and I can’t quite understand them,” Etzioni said. “That’s a smaller thing. But a much bigger […]

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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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“I tried online English training – Core NEI + Blue Canoe” [a Journalist’s report]
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In recent years, many online English conversation services and speech recognition apps have appeared, making it easier to practice speaking. However, there may be many people who started somehow because of its simplicity and quit without feeling the effect. EdTechZine‘s editorial staff tried a couple of online English training services for companies to explore such […]

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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 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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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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