Our mission is simple:
Improve lives through language
There are around 2 billion English language learners around the world right now and over $30 billion is spent every year on English language education and certification.
For most of these English language learners, learning to speak and be understood in English is the single largest barrier to improving their lives. Once these learners have attained fluency in English, they can dramatically improve their fortunes and positively impact the lives of not only their own families but those in their surrounding communities as well.
In the recent past, limited technology meant that all of these potential dreams could only be achieved through relatively high cash investment in courses, classes, rigid programmes, high stakes tests, and expensive assessment schemes. Courses, classes, and practice whether online or offline are core to successful language learning. However, the current measurement and assessment of a learner’s proficiency is often inaccurate, not helpful to a student’s progression, and inadequate to “real world” expectation.
Fluent’s focus has always been on real world language. We are interested in measuring how well people can understand you and how well you can understand other people. We want to show you how to improve your English language and to do so with with instant access, ease of use, and without breaking the bank. This way we can help you remove that language barrier and you can be on the way to achieving your dreams.
Fluent began when Thor Russell and Jessica Lin combined their language analysis expertise with Alan Cox’s product development expertise. Since then, we’ve been slowly building out our team to create and promote our core technology.
CEO Alan Cox
CTO Thor Russell
Chief Scientist Dr Jessica Lin
CMO Marian Johnson
Director - Sales Andy McLeod
Linguistics Dr Caralyn Purvis
Product Manager Mike Coker
Lead Software Engineer Jeremy Lawson
Developer Glen Farrelly
Alan Cox (CEO) and Thor Russell (CTO) are supported by industry veterans with a long history in technology and new businesses.
Chairman John Beattie
Board Member Gary Jensen
Fluent Scientific is backed by powerHouse Ventures; one of NZ’s foremost seed investment companies. powerHouse specialises in commercialisation of research and intellectual property founded at NZ universities and Crown Institutes. They have been very supportive of Fluent ever since we first crossed paths.
We’re also backed by the government entity, Callaghan Innovation. Callaghan was formed to combine the former Crown Research Institute (IRL) and the government’s R&D grants schemes. Callaghan has also been extremely supportive of the development of our core technology.
We’re also collaborating with the NZ Institute of Language, Brain & Behaviour which is NZ’s premier academic centre for the study of human language. Through NZILBB, Fluent Scientific has access to research into the connections between linguistics, speech production and perception, language acquisition, language disorders, social cognition, memory, brain imaging, cognitive science, and bilingual education. Equally, ILBB, has access to the crossover work Fluent is doing including our experimentation with big data, machine learning, assessment rubrics, and interfaces as far as it relates to language learning.