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About Globalme

Our mission is simple: we ensure your products and services are Ready for People regardless of your end user’s language, culture, or background.

OUR PASSION

We’re passionate about language and technology. We support enterprises in developing technology that crosses physical, linguistic, and cultural borders. We do so through localization, data collection, and managed services.

You may find us testing how a voice assistant handles different accents, translating e-learning materials for a global organization, or recording participants in a car to train a speech recognition system.

The result? We create harmony between people and technology across the globe.

OUR STORY

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Hanna Golota, Co-Founder

 

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Emre Akkas, Co-Founder & Managing Director

 

In 2005, after years of working as a localization engineer, Emre Akkas joined forces with Hanna Golota, an MBA and operations genius. They began servicing localization and translation clients under the name uniQode in Portland, Oregon. To expand their talent pool, they moved their headquarters to Vancouver, B.C. in 2009. uniQode then rebranded to Globalme in 2010.

The name “Globalme” means bringing everyone to the global stage. Because we all live in one connected world. We are all global.

In late 2019, Globalme was acquired by Summa Linguae Technologies, a fast-growing language solutions provider with headquarters in Poland. The acquisition opens exciting new opportunities for innovation and growth.

OUR DIFFERENCE

At Globalme, we’re customer obsessed.

We build intimate relationships with our clients that allow us to identify their needs and challenges before they do. Our flexibility and forward-facing nature let us proactively build the solutions our clients need to succeed.

We’re more than service providers: we’re problem solvers.

OUR DISTINCTIONS

Fastest-Growing Companies in BC (2015-2019)

Profit 500 (2015)

Forty Under 40

Forty Under 40 (2019)

OUR TEAM

Our fast-growing team is scattered all across the world. While the majority of our 80+ person team works at our Vancouver headquarters, we have dozens of remote employees located across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Here are just a few of our awesome team members:

OUR HISTORY

2020
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Coming Soon: Triple Digits

Globalme is on track to hire its 100th employee by 2020.

2019
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Globalme acquired by Summa Linguae

Globalme joins forces with the fast-growing language solutions provider headquartered in Poland.

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The Big Five-Oh

The Globalme hires its 50th employee in April 2019.
2018
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Globalme launches Robson

The company launches Robson, a mobile app that pays users to complete simple tasks like recording speech samples. This allows Globalme to efficiently scale its data collection efforts to a global user base.

2017
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Moving to Yaletown

A bigger team means a bigger office! Globalme moves to its new location in Yaletown—a trendy downtown Vancouver neighbourhood.

Globalme goes green

Globalme staff pledge to give up disposable containers like coffee cups or takeout boxes. Those who break the pledge must donate to Globalme’s “Plant a Tree” fund. The company also stops handing out paper materials at conferences in favour of digital brochures.

2016
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Portland Office

Going back to their roots, Globalme re-opens a Portland office.

More technology

The company launches a multilingual speech data management platform which helps speech technology developers to collect, classify, analyze and consume speech data.

2015
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Globalme is growing. Fast!

Globalme is recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in both British Columbia’s BC100 and Canada’s PROFIT500.

2014

Data, data, and more data

Globalme completes a large-scale data collection project in 9 countries around the world for a speech operated AI assistant, collecting more than 2000 hours of speech data.

2013

Emerging tech begins

Globalme secures a large project to conduct speech data collection and testing for a well-known voice operated assistant in 10 different languages. The product is put through exhaustive evaluation sessions, both in the lab and on the field with the help of over 500 testers.

2012
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Settling down, growing up

Though having the world as their workspace was fun, Hanna and Emre come to the decision to settle down, rent an office, hire their first full-time employee, and grow the company more than would be possible on the road. This move catalyzes the next big stages of growth for Globalme.

2011

Launching TMS connector for Drupal

As Globalme adapts the open source TMS GlobalSight, they see an opportunity to launch the first TMS connector for Drupal in the industry. It still powers many large multilingual enterprise websites today.

2010
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Re-branding as Globalme

After months of searching for a new name, uniQode becomes Globalme. It is now a full-service end-to-end language solutions provider.

2009
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Moving to Canada

Canada’s friendlier immigration system and diverse population attract the duo. They quit their corporate day jobs, and start working on the business full-time after the move to Vancouver, BC.

2007
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Founding uniQode

The company incorporates under the name uniQode’, and continues providing their services to various language solution providers in Portland, OR.

2005

Getting into the QA and Translation industry

As they consult as QA Testers and localization engineers at various different language companies in Portland, Hanna and Emre see a market need for Localization Quality Assurance. They focus on finding and training Quality Assurance candidates. Eventually, sending them to work on projects with local localization companies.

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