It's been two years since TED Talks enlisted fans around the globe to translate its videos into many languages through its Open Translation Project powered by dotSub, a crowd-sourced translation platform.

Today, some 20,000 videos have been translated into 88 languages by over 6,000 volunteers, says Michael Smolens, founder of New York-based dotSub.

We spoke with him earlier this week at the Streaming Media East conference in Manhattan.

The platform is being used by many organizations from big global companies like Adobe to religious organizations in India, he explains.

Andy Plesser