Global brands need to be able to communicate in any language, and that often requires a human touch. Smartling, a translation-services company co-founded and headed by Penn grad Jack Welde ENG91, recently acquired new-kid-on-the-block VerbalizeIt to provide just that. Launched by Ryan Frankel WG12 and Kunal Sarda WG11, Wharton-founded VerbalizeIt taps a community of vetted translators to return content in virtually any language.

An appearance on Shark Tank proved just how promising the business is, as three sharks fought each other for a bite of the action. Frankel and Sarda will remain with Smartling in leadership positions and help the company integrate VerbalizeIt’s unique offerings into the existing platform.

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