Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Tom Adams is the CEO of the language-learning company, Rosetta Stone. Since he joined the company in 2003 it has grown into the leader in the industry. A native of Sweden, Tom grew up in France and England. He holds a B.A. in history from Bristol University, England, and an MBA from INSEAD. He speaks Swedish, English and French fluently and has a working knowledge of Spanish. His Chinese is basic, and he is currently learning Russian. Rosetta Stone made its debut yesterday as a public company on the New York Stock Exchange. It closed up 40% on it's first day of trading.

Translation: Ca-Ching!

  1. May 14, 2009 -

    I know someone who's trying to learn Russian through Rosetta Stone, but when he showed me a demo of what he uses for it, I was flummoxed. I couldn't learn that way. I need immersion. Period. People do rave about it, though. Great portrait of him!

  2. May 14, 2009 -

    My son is going to study in Italy this summer. He took a traditional college coarse in Italian this past semester. I did the same thing before I studied in France. I think I learned more trying to accomplish day to day tasks in Paris than I did from the coarse. I haven't seen the material but I think that's what the Rosetta Stone tries to simulate.