There's a better way to learn languages.

It was this belief that has brought our team together.

It's also the reason that we made NativShark into a live, versatile, and continually updated service. When we find a better way to teach something, we can implement it quickly.

Meet the team
Caleb Andersen
Caleb Andersen
Co-founder, CEO

From Washington, USA, Caleb oversees how NativShark looks and functions as a whole, making sure that our high-quality lessons and cutting-edge technology merge into one seamless and effective platform. He also makes sure the company runs smoothly.

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Niko Walker
Niko Walker
Co-founder, President

Before diving full-time into NativShark, Niko did writing and translating work for various Japanese publishers. He decides what lessons we teach and when, and he's written over 1,000 of them himself. He grew up in California, USA.

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Rei Walker
Rei Walker
Co-founder, Lead Japanese Editor

Born and raised in Tokyo, Rei is the mastermind behind the Japanese you see on NativShark. She ensures that we teach a wide variety of natural Japanese and that our translations and lessons are always accurate.

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Chie Andersen
Chie Andersen
Co-founder, Art Person

Chie grew up in Kumamoto, makes the fantastic art we see on the site, and helps in ensuring that our Japanese sentences and audio sound natural. You'll often find her in our community helping students with their specific questions about Japanese.

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Jacob Foster
Jacob Foster
CTO

Jacob is from Oregon, USA, and leads our tech team. He has played a major part in developing the technology that sets NativShark apart from all other language-learning resources. He now oversees back-end and front-end programming.

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Satoko Nakamoto
Satoko Nakamoto
Content Manager

Satoko is originally from Tokyo, but grew up living in various parts of Japan, Singapore, and Canada. Utilizing her multi-cultural and bilingual background, she started working as a translator for NativShark in 2019 but is now in charge of managing content workflows and providing feedback on Fix My Japanese submissions.

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Ty Kelly
Ty Kelly
Community Support

Ty makes sure that all the English and Japanese appearing on NativShark is free of errors. One of our earliest students, he managed to pass the JLPT N1 in just under 4 years. He is from Connecticut, USA.

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Ivan Lo
Ivan Lo
Community Support

Ivan calls the Great White North of Alberta, Canada home, though he's frequently looking for excuses to travel. Having fallen in love with Japan after a brief visit, he hopes to make it another home away from home in the not too distant future. If you send us an email, there's a good chance that he'll be on the other end!

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Dalyn Boyd
Dalyn Boyd
Intern Engineer

Dalyn started learning Japanese in 2018 on a whim, but when NativShark launched in 2020 it quickly became a cornerstone in her life. She is currently completing a post baccalaureate degree in Computer Science and has joined the NativShark team as a Full Stack Engineering Intern.

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Always open to talent
Looking to join the team?

We're always looking for skilled, passionate people to help us change the global landscape of language learning. Bonus points if you're an experienced developer, writer, or translator. Send an email to jobs@nativshark.com to start the conversation.

Our students' feedback shapes NativShark
And sometimes it makes us blush, too…
Ever since I found out about NativShark it has completely changed the way I learn Japanese

and even inspired me to turn it into my career, which I hope to do in the future.

Andrew

I lived in Japan for 10 years and my experience learning Japanese was very challenging.

I tried learning from books and classroom study, which really never worked. This was because I could not really apply what I was learning to real life a...

Scott

Since using your platform, it's the first time in quite a while where I feel optimistic

Since using your platform, it's the first time in quite a while where I feel optimistic about making progress: not only does your methodology inspire confidence, but your motivational and growth-perspective stuff has been very helpful.

Max C

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