Insider Q&A: Rosetta Stone CEO on reading, language learning
Rosetta Stone, the Arlington, Virginia-based business known for selling foreign language CDs, is now teaching reading in U.S. schools and revamping its core language business. CEO John Hass talked about the changes with The Associated Press. The interview has been edited for clarity and length. Q: Rosetta Stone's language courses are widely known. What else does the company do? A: While we are best known for teaching people a second language and have been doing that for 26 years now, we have a business (Lexia Learning) that we acquired about five years ago that teaches children in K-12 schools, principally in the U.S., to read. That's become the really, really important part of our business.
Pass It On: Rosetta Stone CEO says top leaders listen, learn
John Hass has worked at Goldman Sachs, a small startup and now as CEO of Rosetta Stone, the Arlington, Virginia-based company best known for teaching foreign languages. Five years ago, Rosetta Stone acquired Lexia Learning, which helps teach reading in K-12 schools. In addition to the lessons he learned on those career stops, Hass has picked up tips from his family's construction business in the Midwest. Hass shared his insights with the Associated Press. His comments have been edited for length and clarity. Q: What advice would you give your younger self about managing people or running a business? What did you learn from your early mistakes?
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