Alyona Medelyan aka Lingua Franca



What's your job and what do you like about it?

CEO at Thematic

For the past 3 years I've been running my own company.  I like working on my own goals, learning new things and pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved.  I particularly enjoy turning ideas into products that customers need and love.  I am also a mum to two young kids, so being my own boss gives me a lot of flexibility. 

How do you identify with your superhero identity?

Lingua Franca knows how to make robots understand people. Every day, I try to channel my inner Lingua Franca to build computer algorithms for the same purpose, and here is why: 


These days, it is easy to capture what people think.  People share ideas on social media, they communicate with brands online, they review their experiences.  While a person can easily understand language, making sense of large volumes of data is challenging.  For robots, it's the opposite.  They can handle large volumes of data, but understanding language is challenging. 

By building clever robots, ultimately, I hope to help people understand each other better.  

Final message:

Set goals, take opportunities, be open-minded.