Searching the Balkans

Mergim Cahani (Class of '09) might one day be thought of as the Balkans’ answer to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google. Co-founder and CEO of the search engine Gjirafa, he aims to bring relevant and easily accessible information to over 12 million Albanian-speaking people in the Balkans and around the world.

Gjirafa is strategically positioned in a way that Google could not hope to match: not only is the Albanian language lexically unique and complex, but much of the information that users try to find—bus schedules, for example, or business addresses—has not yet been digitized in that region.

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