Fluently’s AI-Powered English Coach Raises $2M Seed Round


Fluently, a YC alum startup based on an AI-powered English coaching platform, has raised $2 million in a seed funding round. The round saw participation from Pioneer Fund, SID Venture Partners, and individual angel investors.

Founders and Inspiration

  • Founders: Stan Beliaev and Yurii Rebryk
  • Inspiration: Both founders, who are near-native English speakers, created Fluently to improve their own fluency and for others in similar situations.

How Fluently Works

Fluently leverages AI to provide real-time feedback and tips on spoken English. Users can have their side of real-life calls recorded and transcribed, or practice with AI coaches:

  • Ryan: For daily conversation practice.
  • Kyle: For mock interviews, crucial for job seekers in English-speaking environments.

Market Potential

  • Target Audience: 84 million non-native employees in English-speaking work environments.
  • Niche: A less crowded space compared to the broader ESL market.

Technology and Team

  • Tech-Heavy Approach: Out of the distributed team of four, three are engineers.
  • Founders’ Background: Both founders have machine learning backgrounds with internships at Amazon, Google, and Nvidia.

Product Features and Future Enhancements

  • Current Features: Focus on improving pronunciation, grammar, pace, and vocabulary.
  • Planned Features: Rephrasing advice similar to Grammarly or Ludwig for writing.
  • User Privacy: Ensures privacy with local audio storage, encryption, and anonymized data for third-party transcription.

Beta and Pricing

  • Beta Version: Available only on MacOS with a planned Chrome extension.
  • Pricing: $25 per month for the service.

Future Plans

The seed round will enable Fluently to:

  • Expand Team: Hire additional team members.
  • Marketing: Allocate funds for marketing efforts when the time is right.

What we think

Fluently is positioned to make a significant impact in the niche market of near-native English speakers looking to improve their fluency. With the recent funding, the startup plans to enhance its offerings, expand its team, and eventually cater to a broader audience with its upcoming Chrome extension.

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