A CEO Who Based His $700 Million Company In Pittsburgh Says He’s Getting Employees Who Want To Work In Tech But Avoid The Bay Area

Richard Feloni: Luis von Ahn cofounded the language-learning app Duolingo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Von Ahn says having a tech company headquartered in Pittsburgh, rather than Silicon Valley, is an advantage.

For one, Pittsburgh has cheaper housing; Von Ahn estimates at least half of Duolingo employees own a home.

A tech company in Pittsburgh may sound out of place, but it is actually helping Luis von Ahn recruit talent for his language-learning app Duolingo.

“I like it, and it’s really on the up,” Von Ahn said about Pittsburgh in an interview for an episode of Business Insider’s Podcast Success! How I Did It.

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