Jour Fixe: How I left Academia to become a Technopreneur: my journey from Archeology to Ludwig

Dienstag, 23. Oktober 2018
15.15 – 16.45 Uhr

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Antonio Rotolo (Alumnus / CEO @ Ludwig SRLS)


This is the story of how pursuing the dream of becoming an Archaeologist, I eventually ended up funding Ludwig (, a Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence company. I started Ludwig as a side project in 2014 on the aftermath of my post-doc at MIT, where I matured the idea that I apply my archeological method to new problems, and matured while I was a fellow at the Zukunftskolleg (2014-2016). In 2014 my two co-founders and I were naively dreaming about building a software that would help billions of people (the three of us included) write better and with more confidence in English. In 2018, Ludwig has already helped 8 million unique users write better in English and achieve more in their career.

Ludwig, the name of our company, comes after Wittgenstein, the father of Philosophy of Language who inspired us with the quote “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world”. We created Ludwig to tear down those linguistic limits. We want to free the students and researchers of the world from their linguistic limits so that they can focus on the two things that really matter to them: learning and producing high-quality research.