What languages can you learn on NativShark?
At the moment, only Japanese. But we have big plans.
Who are the founders?
Caleb Andersen: CEO
Nicholas "Niko" Walker: President
Rei Walker: Japanese Content Architect
Chie Andersen: Chief Creative Officer
Wait, the founders are two couples?
Yep! Niko & Rei met in Tokyo in 2013 and started teaching Japanese together online shortly after. Caleb & Chie met in North Dakota in 2015, right around when Caleb began studying Japanese. He and Niko met online, and the rest is history.
What is the company's vision statement?
A more understanding, connected and multilingual future.
Can I talk to some students?
Of course. In our community, you can talk to any member of our company, in addition to our students.
Who has invested in the company?
We have not accepted any outside investments at this time. We're entirely self-funded.
What makes NativShark different?
We do not make promises to students that we cannot keep. It is not a "get fluent quick" scheme. Working your way through our system will take time and dedication. With that said, we do make what some would describe to be audacious promises: Near-native fluency in a language all within a single platform. Students do not need to plan or organize their path to proficient ability. They just need to show up and click "Study Now." See our process page for more info.
Where is the company located?
Our two main offices are in Bellevue, Washington and Fukuoka, Japan. We also have employees in Canada, and Nigeria. Altogether, our first 10 team members have passports from 7 different nations. Maintaining a global perspective is deeply important to our company and its mission.