“It’s exciting to know that we’re at the forefront of a $40 billion industry.”
Anthos Chrysanthou on the growth of Translate.com and the strides he’s made both personally and in business since joining EO Chicago.
What inspired you to start your current business?
When I was a kid, I fell in love with the Internet. I knew it was going to change everything. After school, I’d go right to my friend’s house, and all my friends would be playing outside, but I’d be inside playing on the computer in chat rooms and just surfing. I was always about it. I knew it was going to disrupt a whole lot of things.
What problems are you solving through your business?
We are knocking down the language barriers and allowing companies to connect globally with customers in their native language. We’re creating that global platform for communication.
What do you believe is the key ingredient to your business’s success?
I think we have two key ingredients. One is the mastery of artificial intelligence within our translation framework. The second key is the quality of translators that we employ through that platform.
How do you keep your business from getting stagnant?
We’re constantly thinking about the future. We’re never looking at today’s problems. We’re constantly looking around the corner for tomorrow’s problems because those are going to be the ones that need to be solved.
What area of your business are you hoping to grow and improve?
Our artificial intelligence. Right now, we’re getting a 70–75 percent accuracy rate. We want to continue to grow that level exponentially.
What aspect of your company are you most excited about?
Being way ahead of the curve in terms of the translation industry. We know leveraging artificial intelligence is the future, and it’s exciting to know that we’re at the forefront of a $40 billion industry.
What is one practice that has been key to your success and why?
Working away from the office as much as possible. I’ve found this helps me view our business and strategies at more of a 30,000-foot level.
What inspires you outside of work?
My family. I just had a baby on March 31, and he gives me all the inspiration I need to be a better human being and father.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
The flexibility that I described earlier does help, but to be honest, I probably don’t do as good of a job as I’m supposed to. It’s something I’m constantly working on.
How has EO contributed to your business’s growth and success?
It’s helped in more ways than just my business. When I started this company, I had zero employees and I was running it out of my parents’ basement. I had no idea how to take it to the next level. Through the EO Forum, the various programs, and mentorship, I was able to bring the company to its current position—fully staffed and primed for future growth. More importantly, though, I’m a better person than I was before I joined EO. It’s helping me to be a better husband, father, and human being.