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ProZ.com is acquiring TM-Town
Thread poster: Henry Dotterer

Henry Dotterer
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Apr 13, 2016

I am pleased to announce that ProZ.com is acquiring TM-Town.com.

See: http://www.proz.com/about/tm_town_acquisition/


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Roy Williams  Identity Verified
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Will privacy still be protected? Apr 13, 2016

Will the TMs/work uploaded still be private and protected?

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Henry Dotterer
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Data to remain private Apr 13, 2016

Roy Williams wrote:
Will the TMs/work uploaded still be private and protected?

Yes, TM-Town's condidentiality policies will not change, the data is completely private (and unused). See the FAQ on the acquisition: http://www.proz.com/about/tm_town_acquisition/faq


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Stuart Hoskins
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Finally out of the closet Apr 13, 2016

I think many of us suspected this long ago, despite the denials. Congratulations, you two Japanese-studying, similarly-aged, don't-know-each-other entrepreneurs!

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Henry Dotterer
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Thanks! Apr 13, 2016

Stuart Hoskins wrote:

I think many of us suspected this long ago, despite the denials. Congratulations, you two Japanese-studying, similarly-aged, don't-know-each-other entrepreneurs!



It is sort of funny, the coincidences. (And there are more.) Kevin's much younger than me though.


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Meta Arkadia
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Congrats Apr 13, 2016

Henri and Kevin. Good for the two of you. And us.

Cheers,

Hans


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Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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Congratulations Apr 13, 2016

Good move, but just wondering, will everything stay the same for us, or are there going to be mayor changes?

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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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Congrats Apr 13, 2016


The two sites -- ProZ.com and TM-Town.com -- will continue to exist separately. By acquiring ownership of a company serving the same customers, but with a different and complementary technology and approach, ProZ.com puts itself in a position to offer a more comprehensive service. In the short term, a joint membership will be offered at the two sites. Over time, additional possible synergies will be explored.


We can log in with our ProZ account but I see that we have to purchase a professional account for "Directory Boost". $15/monthly, even for full members of ProZ?


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Henry Dotterer
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Thanks Apr 13, 2016

Selcuk Akyuz wrote:

The two sites -- ProZ.com and TM-Town.com -- will continue to exist separately. By acquiring ownership of a company serving the same customers, but with a different and complementary technology and approach, ProZ.com puts itself in a position to offer a more comprehensive service. In the short term, a joint membership will be offered at the two sites. Over time, additional possible synergies will be explored.

We can log in with our ProZ account but I see that we have to purchase a professional account for "Directory Boost". $15/monthly, even for full members of ProZ?

It will be less, but we don't have an offer on that yet. For now, the only offer we have prepared is the initial promotion that ProZ.com members get the "Starter" membership ($48/year) for free. We'll put together an offer for the upgrade soon.


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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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Thanks Apr 13, 2016

Updating my profile page here at ProZ was much easier. KudoZ points were essential here but it seems uploaded TMs will make a difference for our ranking at TM-Town. Confidentiality matters for some professionals. Hope the site is bug-free.

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I am displayed on page 9, in other words I have no chance to find new clients there. I will delete my account at TM-Town and continue only with ProZ.



[Edited at 2016-04-13 11:42 GMT]


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Henry Dotterer
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Matching Apr 13, 2016

Selcuk Akyuz wrote:
I am displayed on page 9, in other words I have no chance to find new clients there. I will delete my account at TM-Town and continue only with ProZ.

I would encourage you not to make judgments too quickly. You understand KudoZ and directory position, but matching works differently at TM-Town, with Nakodo and all that. Personally, I would say that more data is required before we can draw any firm conclusions.


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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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I will give it another chance but later Apr 13, 2016

I believe it will be success story (like ProZ), but ranking is important for us translators to find new clients. So I will give it another chance later if our KudoZ contributions help there too.

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Henry Dotterer
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Good thinking Apr 13, 2016

Selcuk Akyuz wrote:

I believe it will be success story (like ProZ), but ranking is important for us translators to find new clients. So I will give it another chance later if our KudoZ contributions help there too.

This is something we will look at. As mentioned in the FAQ, any ideas on this or other possible functional integrations would be welcome.


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Henry Dotterer
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On site changes Apr 13, 2016

Robert Rietvelt wrote:

Good move, but just wondering, will everything stay the same for us, or are there going to be mayor changes?

Here is how we put it in the FAQ:

What changes to either site, if any, can I expect from this deal?

Both TM-Town and ProZ.com will continue to offer all of their existing services and features. Over time, sensible functional integrations between the two sites may be explored. Please let us know if you have ideas for improving either service through combined functionality.


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Henry Dotterer
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On site changes Apr 14, 2016

Robert Rietvelt wrote:

Good move, but just wondering, will everything stay the same for us, or are there going to be mayor changes?

Here is how we put it in the FAQ:

What changes to either site, if any, can I expect from this deal?

Both TM-Town and ProZ.com will continue to offer all of their existing services and features. Over time, sensible functional integrations between the two sites may be explored. Please let us know if you have ideas for improving either service through combined functionality.


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