MindSnacks raises $6.5 million for Mobile Language Learning Apps


MindSnacks, a startup that creates mobile language learning applications for the iPhone, iPod and iPad announced a new funding round today. The team raised $6.5 million from Sequoia Capital, one of the most prolific venture capital firms in the Valley. This brings the total funding to $8 million.

I had the chance to cover MindSnacks from very early on for EDUKWEST where you can find a couple of interviews and blog posts about the startup. The concept behind MindSnacks is actually pretty simple: the founders were frustrated with the progress they made learning foreign languages with classic materials back in college. So they decided to create applications that turn the often tedious and boring process of learning vocabulary into a fun activity.

The iOS devices with their natural touch interfaces were the perfect and very quickly the first MindSnacks app for learning Spanish made it on the top spot in the iTunes App Store.

According to TechCrunch MindSnacks’ six foreign language apps (Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin and Portuguese) are the number one grossing app for each of the languages. All apps can be tested for free, upgrades to the full versions cost about $4.99.

Besides apps for different foreign languages MindSnacks also offers an application to learn SAT vocabulary and English.