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Polyglotte startup story

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  • 1. STORY #mystartupstory © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 2. Life, I know from experience... © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 3. is a crooked street. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 4. My invention, the olyKeyboard, illustrates this truth. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 5. It sprang from a lucky accidentin my life’s journey... © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 6. ...which has been a diverse one geographically, linguistically and culturally. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 7. The idea first came to me a little after returning to the U.S. from France and Berlin, where I'd studied the German language and interned in art galleries. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 8. I thought: © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 9. “Why are there so many keyboard layouts in the world?” © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 10. That's when it hit me. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 11. I would invent a multilingual keyboard for polyglots, like myself! Daniela Semeco Founder/CEO Polyglotte Inc. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 12. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 13. I had my heart set on San Francisco. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 14. I'd never been to the West or even seen the Pacific Ocean, didn't know anybody there—all I knew was that I was destined to go. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 15. I'd managed to sell some odds and ends and come up with $250. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 16. My dad thought I was crazy, but finally agreed to buy me a one-way ticket, (which was all he could afford). © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 17. On March 28 2011, I  left for San Francisco with $250 and a dream. Image courtesy of Riad Djabri © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 18. For two and a half months I rode the couch-surfing wave before settling into my own place in San Francisco. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 19. Luckily, I had my dad... © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 20. ...to show me how the mind of a techie works. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 21. He built the first prototype and installed it on my computer. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 22. We worked for months improving the product, and I was able to add more and more languages. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 23. I was experiencing a lot of challenges at the time. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 24. I'd embraced local politics and become a freegan (someone who lives for free). © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 25. I’d hooked up with Food Not Bombs and was eating for free, putting every penny I made towards the business. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 26. A local street kid designed my first logo. Image courtesy of Facebook© Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 27. He was living on a roof when I met him, and I took him in and paid him in food and beer. To this day, he calls me “Momma.” #mommabear© Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 28. I founded Polyglotte Inc. as a benefit corporation on Jan. 1, 2013. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 29. Shortly after, we were approved by Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, a program offered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 30. Thanks to them, we now have many pro bono attorneys! © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 31. On June 14 2013 we released the beta version of our product. Image courtesy of Renee Jones© Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 32. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 33. We released our iPad app on October 31st 2013. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 34. Now we've built a physical keyboard! © Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 35. It’s been an adventure bootstrapping and getting to where we are today. Image courtesy of Renee Jones© Polyglotte Inc. 2014
  • 36. We're preparing a Kickstarter campaign, a launch party, and a keyboard exhibit. © Polyglotte Inc. 2014 Details to be announced!
  • 37. Fb: Polyglotte_Inc Instagram: polyglotte_inc Twitter: polyglotte_sf www.polykeyboards.com © Polyglotte Inc. 2014