Joe Troyen got the idea for his Austin startup a decade ago, when he was a college student studying in Spain.
He loved learning Spanish by speaking with people in Spain, and when he returned to the United States he looked for a way to continue to connect online.
"I couldn't find anything that really did that," Troyen said. "It got me thinking that there should be a way to use the Internet to bring students from around the world together to exchange ideas and learn."
After graduating from Pomona College and working as a product manager for a New York-based software maker, he decided to...
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