THE ORIGIN OF THE PROJECT
LingoZING! Founder Kyra Pahlen, came up with the idea while travelling throughout Europe with Michael Mathias. During their trips, Michael discovered that Kyra spoke several languages and asked her how she'd come to be a polyglot - to which she replied: “By reading comic books and graphic novels.” Aware of the opportunities provided by new technology, Michael and Kyra devised the first interactive language-learning App that uses popular comics to make learning engaging, simple and fun.
THE LINGOZING TEAM
Acknowledged professionals of the Digital & Media world develop the first interactive language-learning app.
Founder, Executive Chairman
Founder of LingoZING!, Kyra Pahlen, now Exec-Chairman has worked for over 20 years in international Business Development. Starting with licensing media rights (i.e. Superman films), she then opened the int. market for Scunci, and founded a Sakhalin-based fishing company. Kyra is an award-winning author published internationally (Bertelsmann, Lattes, Pocket, Espaca Calpe, Planeta, Ediciones B), having written the first literary novel on the life of Buddha. She founded the Archivum with Walter Cronkite and Pierre Salinger, and is an aspiring but not always successful Zen monk. Kyra speaks 5 languages.
Experienced early stage investor, fund manager and entrepreneur with three decades of experience building businesses in the USA, Asia and Africa.
Co-founder and CTO Chris Diacov brings in 20+ years of experience in the areas of digital media technology, software and system architecture and business development. His career spans from published research in the area of diagnostic imaging to medical image analysis / 3D visualization systems to advanced video acquisition, processing and compression algorithms and large-scale media storage and distribution systems. A founder and veteran of multiple successful start-ups in the field of medical imaging, digital video and media processing.
Chief Marketing Officer
With over 20 years of experience working with some of the World’s best know brands, our Chief Marketing Officer brings a wealth of experience in delivering customer growth and building brands that have a loyal customer following. A former Director of Virgin Atlantic Airways and the BBC, Simon joins us from AXA where he led all their Brand, Marketing and Digital activities.
Director of Licensing
Our International Director of Licenses Didier Pasamonik is regarded as an international comic books expert, publisher, journalist and curator. Former C&O of Magic Strip Publishing, General Manager of Humanoïds, Senior Editor by Cartoon Creations, C&O of Bethy publishing where he published comic books from Marvel and DC Comics in France, he writes for a variety of magazines and newspapers and has published a multitude of essays on caricature, comics, and popular culture. CEO of ActuaBD.com and contributor to the Asterix Archives published by Atlas and Albert-René publishing, Didier also teaches at the Holocaust Memorial in Paris.
Michael Mathias has over 23 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience, including the past 8 years as a digital technology entrepreneur. He was Founder and President of location-based social media company Mojo Media, as well as Founder and CEO of marketplace network TREKA and online gaming company Change Gaming.
Director of Production
As Producer, Thivet dedicates himself to projects that are web-based or formulated for audio-visual media. His work has been recognized by the London-based Power to the Pixel, which awarded him the Pixel Lab Prize in 2015.
Young, dynamic, dedicated and addicted to creating brave new digital solutions for web and mobile devices. Solutions that extend boundaries get noticed and get used.
Calix Ltd is a pre-press company that specializes in layout production services such as classic layout settings (Novel type books and technical layout) and Comic Books lettering and Packaging. Calix's main clients are France's major publishers and LingoZING!
THE GODFATHERS OF LINGOZING!
Convinced that with LingoZING!, reading comics becomes a smart and entertaining past time, LingoZING's "Godfathers" speak.
“An impressive comics reading / language learning app, which blows other apps out of the water.”
Award-winning American comic artist and author of Batman: Year 100
“Among the many advantages of bilingualism, there are positive effects on development, greater mental flexibility, increased acceptance of other cultures, heightened linguistic awareness and ability, more confidence, added career opportunities, greater ability to communicate with family members and preserve culture, and helps immigrant parents understand their emotions, and solve their problems.”
Maritere Rodríguez Bellas
Writer of bestsellers Raising Bilingual Children / Cómo Criar Niños Bilingües and Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children
“The translators must have been tearing their hair out because in my comics I do a lot of puns and plays on words, so it’s a very complicated task.Way to go, LingoZING!"
French cartoonist, author of Goscinny Award, winner Le guide du moutard
“Ce qu’il y a de brillant dans cette Appli, c’est le côté ludique de l’apprentissage. J’ai toujours pensé que l’école était trop souvent ennuyeuse et que (…),le meilleur apprentissage que l’on puisse faire est celui qu’on pratique avec gourmandise et plaisir. La BD et les langues, c’est le mariage parfait.”
Chroniqueur, dessinateur et auteur de bandes dessinées