How long has Fluento existed? What is the goal of Fluento?
We exist since the beginning of 2008, we launched in June that year. Our goal is to bring professional language teaching to everyone with a broadband internet connection, at any time and to any place.
Fluento offers Online Spanish courses. What type of courses do you offer for your clients?
The courses are individual one-on-one courses, so we offer all types, e.g.:- private tutoring- special D.E.L.E preparation courses- tutoring and exam preparation for students- holiday courses- refresher courses- conversation, etc.
What is the positive side of Fluento if you compare with the traditional language school?
- Fluento Spanish lessons are cheaper than private lessons in Western countries, because the teachers work in South- and Middle America where living expenses are lower.- You can take lessons wherever you want, without driving to a school. For example, Monday evening at home, Tuesday at lunchtime...- You can take individual classes at times that are convenient to you.- You only pay classes that you scheduled.- You have unlimited access to professional teachers and expert linguists not only in big cities, but also in smaller towns or in the countryside.
Your Spanish teachers are certified by Fluento and they have years of experience in the online teaching at all levels. How did you find the teachers?
We only work with professional language schools as a partner, so every teacher has experience in teaching offline, since several years also online. We choose the partner schools wisely by their teaching methods, material and of course the profiles of the teachers. Typically, our teachers have better qualifications than standard language teachers in Germany or Western countries. Most of them have work experience abroad and a degree in linguistics. We also have doctors of linguistics teaching Spanish, which is a great chance for students to meet them online at an incredible price.
How long your students need to reach advanced knowledge (B2)? Which certificate you admit at the end of the course?
The duration of courses to reach a certain level depends mostly on the students motivation, commitment and time, but if you compare it with the Cervantes courses, where you have group classes for A1 (60 hours) and A2 (90 hours) and then B1 (120 hours) and B2 (150 hours), the sum would be 420 hours to reach B2, here...a one-on-one Fluento course should take you there in half of the time (200 hours) with a better quality, because it is effective individual teaching. The teacher will individually motivate the student, analyse the students strengths and weaknesses and train them with a higher conversational part.
Do you have some future plans for Fluento?
Yes, we want to invest more in our French launch, that we have done this year and we are planning to offer more languages, the next languages are English, French, Italian and Chinese.
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Working for Lufthansa back in 2002, Joachim (CEO & founder @ Jolocom) had the idea to develop a better system for companies to swap data internally and for people to share their data with companies. Back in 2002, the resistance to open networks and communication was strong. However, just a few years later, social media and blockchain changed the rules of the game, which led to the founding of Jolocom in 2014. (Read the whole story here)
Ellie joined the Jolocom team in the fall last year. She’s part of the content team and is responsible for communications and online platforms maintenance.
Volker is currently studying IT-Systems Engineering at HPI, working on his master thesis with Jolocom. He joined the software development team in March this year and has previously worked from betahaus for another startup company.
With two locations in the heart of the city, betahaus l Sofia is a home of some of the most successful Bulgarian startups and is one of the leading innovation hubs in Sofia. Their main space is located just two minutes on foot from Sofia University and the second one stands right at the central Slaveykov Sqaure and has a beautiful view over the city.
As all of our locations, its pet and bicycle friendly and offers the same comfy and relaxed atmosphere you've come to expect from betahaus. Identical to our space, betahaus | Sofia uses glass doors for its team rooms, to build transparency and inclusion.
betahaus | Sofia is spread across 1800 q.m. divided into 2 separate spaces. Shipka 6 is 1300qm and takes over the entire 3rd floor of the UBA – Union of the Bulgarian Artists. Slaveykov Square is placed on the roof top of another historical building in Sofia. There they have two balconies with 360 degrees view, a cafe/bar and a shared kitchen.
Membership plans start from 350,– BGN for Workspace and go up to 435,– BGN for Private Offices. Currently, the space has around 190 members and will soon implement also Club Memberships plan. Every member of the Club will have access to events, conference room and betahaus community.
Ellie: Currently we have around 5 active pilots and we effectively work B2B2C. So we build our application for businesses which have their own user bases.
Volker: One of our ongoing projects is a pilot with Telekom. With their team, and partners from Riddle & Code and Simple Mobility, we have created the Magenta Scooter — an innovation in e-mobility that allows users to ride share while using their decentralized digital IDs. That means users can rent the scooter with our app and our identity. The main advantage there is that you can store your drivers licence in your Jolocom SmartWallet and then share this license with the app of Telekom. This eliminates the long onboarding process of verifying your license.
Ellie: Another example is our e-government collaboration with The City of Antwerp called Blockchain on the Move. Using the SmartWallet, municipal employees can issue and validate their own credentials and create eIDs for citizens – it’s a digital ID with which you can register at the university or go to a swimming pool, as two examples.
Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company.
Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.
Ellie: I know that before joining betahaus Jolocom was in the Ethereum office – a collaborative blockchain space for companies also building on the same platform and the idea was always to stay within a coworking space. When they closed and we had to move, the next closest choice in terms of company culture was betahaus.
Ellie: The people in the building and the spaces are just really cool. I personally don’t go to community events as much as i would like to but I still end up meeting a lot of people here. Mostly in the kitchen. One of my good friends is actually someone I met in betahaus.
Volker: I once saw a friend of mine presenting at betabreakfast and I didn’t know that he would be here. It was so funny seeing him on the stage.
Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.
Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.