Language Learning Startup Raises $10M, Says COVID-19 Won’t Stop US Expansion

Kirill Bigai is more confident in success in the United States this time around. The CEO of Preply says he was less focused and less experienced back in 2012, when he opened operations in the Boston area for an earlier iteration of his company. Back then, the company specialized in standardized test prep. Adding to his troubles, Bigai lacked proficiency in English. His own lessons around that time with an English tutor inspired him to switch his company to language learning. “The U.S. is already a big market for us,” says Bigai, 33. “This time, we already have a lot of traction, we’ve found a good product market fit and we’re stronger in marketing.”

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