Jesse Shemen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Papercup, a company that auto-translates the voice track on videos into the world’s languages.

People spend an average of 5 hours watching video every single day, but the problem for creators looking to maximise views is that while subtitles are helpful, people want to hear videos in their own language and quality dubbing is prohibitively expensive.

That’s where Papercup comes in – they auto-translate the voice track on videos into the world’s languages which means that in one click, you can reach the world’s 7 billion people rather than being restricted to the 1 billion English speakers in the world.

Jesse graduated summa cum laude from Stern School of Business at NYU. He then co-founded Deloitte’s startup incubator and investment arm and co-launched a new venture at Octopus Investments before joining EF9.

In this episode Jesse we discuss:

  • How he developed the technical knowledge that underpins Papercup.
  • Jesse’s pitching advice as one of the standout performers at Demo Day.
  • Jesse’s key lessons from raising his first round.

We also dive into Jesse’s experiences on EF and how he started working with his co-founder Jiameng on the platform. The conversation will offer you a combination of solid practical advice and insight into what it’s actually like to build a company on EF.