Who we are

ELSA Corp. is a rising star startup founded in San Francisco with engineering office in Lisbon. Our vision is to enable everyone to speak foreign languages with full confidence, which helps to reach a better life and career opportunities.

Meet Our Team

Vu Van
Co-Founder - CEO
MBA & M.Ed @ Stanford
Co-founded an app outsourcing agency 8yrs experience in international ops Engagement Manager, Booz & Co
Xavier Anguera
Co-Founder - CTO
PhD in Speech Processing, 15yrs experience/100+ papers.
Previously a senior Speech Scientist at Telefonica research
Tia Gao
Product manager
MS Electrical Engineering @ Stanford.
30+ engineering publications. Former Google PM. YCombinator alum. Blogs about international cultures and startups.
Ganna Raboshchuk
Speech scientist
PhD in Audio Processing
Passionate about humane applications of machine learning. Book worm and devoted yoga practitioner
Jorge Proença
Speech scientist
PhD in Speech Processing / University of Coimbra. Interested in language learning and proficiency assessment. Has a mean slice serve, less mean at board games
João Nuno
Full Stack
Applied Statistics / University of Lisbon
Co-Created the Frappe Recommendation engine used by Mozilla
Can hold his breath for almost 2 minutes
Martin Uzak
Back end
MSc in Software Engineering from the Technical University of Vienna.
15yrs of experience in IT.
Published a book on Python in 2002.
Nabil Shabab
Android
BE Information Technology at Cochin University. 7+yrs experience in developing android apps . Love helping people | executive member of a charity organization
Bruno Morgado
IOS
MSc Comp Sci @ Birkbeck, University of London. Software developer passionate about AI. Professional expat. Lived in 6 cities, 4 countries in 7 years
Sinan Shoukath
Android
BE Computer Science @ Cochin University
Passionate Android Developer with 5+yrs experience . Music Lover | Technology explorer
Daniel Povey
Technical advisor
World-leading speech recognition expert
PhD Speech Recognition (Cambridge)
Prof @ Johns Hopkins University
Creator of KALDI
Paul Meier
Speech advisor
World-class accent reduction coach
35+ yrs training executives and Hollywood stars. Founder of International Dialects of English Archive

Our Culture

Culture is notoriously difficult to define. But the collection of our values, people, actions, words, and even code and products add up to something greater than simply the sum of each part. It spills over and invigorates us.