Verbling is an online language learning platform that pairs individuals with language teachers via video chat. The company was created at the Y-Combinator in 2011. In 2015, Verbling raised $2.7 million in series A round funding. Verbling was founded in 2011 by Jake Jolis, Mikael Bernstein, and Gustav Rydstedt after meeting while attending Stanford University. The companys initial platform, Verbling Friends, connected users interested in learning each others language to each other via video chat. Verbling was backed by Y Combinator and listed as one of 5 startups to watch in Summer 2011 by Gigaom. In 2012, the company raised $1 million in funding and moved its headquarters from Palo Alto to San Francisco, California. In November 2013, the company added 9 new languages and Google Hangouts-powered chats. Verbling also launched Verbling Classes, a teaching platform in December 2013, which were later discontinued in favor of private lessons. The classes were also live streamed so other users could watch the class without directly interacting with the lesson.