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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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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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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The Blue Canoe Pronunciation Score: Words and Sentences

“When I practice my spoken English with Blue Canoe, how can I tell if I am improving?” This is a common question, and the Blue Canoe Pronunciation Score is an important part of the answer. Confidence and Comprehensibility. At Blue Canoe, we take you beyond ‘knowing’ English to ‘doing’ English. Our games and activities help […]

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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 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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