About us at Qonda
qonda means understanding – in Zulu. And that is exactly what we stand for! People in our modern world should understand each other in their own languages, whether Arabic or Zulu. Our vision is to ensure, step by step, that understanding between people from all over the world becomes a bit easier.
We are communication enthusiasts.
Our team is an eclectic mix of event experts, interpreters, IT and software professionals, engineers and entrepreneurs. Together we accompany and empower companies, organisations, institutions in their daily, international communication on all channels.
Mike Bertsch, CEO
“When I founded my first company at the age of 19, I already had customers from all over the world. It was often not easy to understand what was being said, even if it felt like everyone spoke English. Different language levels and exciting dialects often made it adventurous. We often switched to email, which made communication more impersonal and slow. Agreements and decisions were cumbersome and always delayed. Later, we had on-site meetings with international clients with interpreters. The CO2 generated was enormous, not to mention the travel costs and travel time. If I had had a tool like qonda back then, many things would have been easier, more productive and more efficient.
I created qonda to bring people a little closer together to eliminate misunderstandings. But an important point is also climate protection, sustainability and CO2 savings. We simply want to make the world a better place!
That is what we have set out to do.
Languages are the key to our global communication and the heart of any company that operates worldwide.
On average, each person speaks 1.6 languages. His mother tongue and 60% of another language. But 60% is not enough for very good communication. That’s why there are many misunderstandings or no real-time communication at all. And many think that English is the alternative. But less than 5% of people worldwide speak very good English. And this in turn is necessary for very good and, above all, understandable communication.
We want to become the leading provider of multilingual online communication in the business world. Live and in real time, with interpreters, AI-supported and barrier-free. Our team devotes its full energy to providing the best possible experience of multilingual communication in native languages. We empower our clients to overcome language barriers and become more successful, because in Europe alone, companies lose over 100 billion euros worth of business every year due to language barriers.
According to the Economist Magazine, 49% of executives say language barriers have stood in the way of closing an important deal. And around 25% of exporting companies worldwide have lost orders due to language barriers.
Language plays a bigger role in global trade than many think. When the language is understood correctly, trade is on average 72% higher than when the trading partners are far apart in terms of language. This is also reflected in a survey of 1200 entrepreneurs. 25% of them stated that they had lost sales due to language problems of their employees.
Make your business more efficient and productive with Qonda. Eliminate language barriers and bring people closer together. Use Qonda for your daily communication.