#90 On XTRF and Scaling a Translation Management System with Andrzej Nedoma

October 08, 2021 Slator
#90 On XTRF and Scaling a Translation Management System with Andrzej Nedoma
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Andrzej Nedoma, Co-founder and CEO of XTRF, joins SlatorPod to discuss the journey of the translation management system (TMS).

Andrzej begins with XTRF’s early days as a spin-off of family-owned LSP Lidolang and building the company with Co-founder, Dominik Radziszowski. He talks about the rationale behind pivoting from licenses to SaaS in 2014 and the funding decisions with Experior Venture Fund.

The XTRF CEO unpacks the process behind investment firm K1 acquiring a majority stake in the company and their relationship with sister company XTM going forward. He talks about the similarities and differences between LSP and enterprise clients.

Andrej shares the key shifts in the TMS landscape over the past decade and XTRF’s most important innovations in the last five years, including building their Business Barometer. He rounds off with XTRF’s roadmap over the midterm.

First up, Florian and Esther discuss the language industry news of the week, with two UK-based life sciences companies teaming up, as LSP Conversis acquires local rival Zebra Translations

Esther reviews Slator’s latest Language Industry Job Index, which climbed by 3.8 points in October. Florian touches on Slator’s Language Industry Buyer Tracker, which includes a new Localization Producer for Games at Netflix.

Netflix also got called out for botched Korean into English subtitle translations for the TV drama Squid Game, which is on track to become the streaming giant’s most-watched show of all time — indicating the rising demand for English-dubbed content.

Agenda and Intro
Conversis acquires local rival Zebra Translations
Language Industry Job Index climbs in October
Latest hires in Language Industry Buyer Tracker
Netflix to enter game localization market
Into-English dubbing and subtitling demand
Andrzej Nedoma joins the pod
XTRF in a nutshell
Engineering talent in Poland
Spinning off from LSP Lidolang
Pivoting from licenses to SaaS
Funding decisions with Experior Venture Fund
Most effective channels for marketing and sales
Investment from PE firm K1
Overlap with TMS provider XTM International
Differences between LSP and enterprise clients
Range of LSP clients
Hold the line policy
TMS landscape over the past decade
XTRF's most important innovations
SaaS revenues during the pandemic
Impact of machine translation on TMS development
Outlook for XTRF and the broader industry