Language-Learning App Babbel Hits One Million Customers

  • Market leader for online language learning reaches one million active paying customers
  • Fast Company Magazine names Babbel as the most innovative education company worldwide and 48th most innovative company overall
  • Arne Schepker (CMO) and Martin Kütter (COO) round out management team
In 2007, Babbel set out to make language learning easy and accessible to everyone. One million paying customers later, the Berlin-based startup is one step closer to this goal. For a company operating a premium-only, subscription-based business model, such a milestone is certainly worthy of celebration.

Although Babbel recently published a large-scale survey into the motivations and learning habits of its users, this news marks the first time the company has disclosed such numbers.

Further cause for celebration comes in the form of a Fast Company feature which names Babbel one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. Published annually, the index is widely considered to be an international who’s who of disruptive and creative organisations. Babbel also takes the top spot among the publication’s top ten innovative companies in education. The app sets itself apart from other online learning products by encouraging learners to apply their new skills from the very first lesson, quickly enabling them to become conversational in a new language.

“We’re very proud to be positively impacting the lives of so many people,” says Markus Witte, Founder and CEO of Babbel. “And this latest recognition from Fast Company really reinforces the global relevance of online language learning. That said, we’re really just beginning to scratch the surface of what’s possible.”

For Babbel, all signs point to continued product innovation and growth in 2016. The company, already synonymous with online language learning in much of Europe, is now targeting rapid expansion beyond its home markets. In support of this push, Babbel’s management team has been bolstered with world-class talent in the form of Arne Schepker (CMO) and Martin Kütter (COO).

Both new arrivals bring with them considerable experience: Schepker has previously served as VP of Brand Marketing at Zalando, prior to which he led P&G Switzerland’s marketing team. Kütter has more than 17 years of management experience, including spells as COO of Delivery Hero and Telefonica Germany.


About Babbel

Babbel – the app that helps you speak a new language like you’ve always wanted to. When learning a language, nothing is more rewarding than a real conversation. 73% of surveyed customers feel that they’d be able to hold a conversation within five hours of using the app.

The Babbel language learning app for web, iOS and Android makes it easy to learn 14 different languages from 7 display languages. Bite-sized lessons fit into everyday life and are split into useful real-world topics, from introducing oneself, to ordering food and making travel arrangements. The app’s effective game mechanics ensure that learners stay motivated to achieve their goals, with the average user continuing to learn with Babbel for more than 12 months. Uniquely, every course is created specifically for each language pair by a team of education experts, linguists and language teachers. Fast Company Magazine recognised Babbel as the most innovative education company of 2016.

Babbel was founded in 2007 by Markus Witte (Chief Executive Officer) and Thomas Holl (Chief Strategy Officer). Since then, the team has grown to over 600 people from more than 50 nations, spread between Berlin and New York. With no ads, and a transparent, subscription-based business model, the company’s focus remains firmly on getting learners conversational fast.The company recently surpassed 1,000,000 active paying subscribers.

For more information, visit www.Babbel.com