Mezi, the startup behind a human-assisted shopping and travel-focused chatbot, announced today that it has raised $9 million in a round led by Nexus Venture Partners.
Facebook is getting ready for the post-app world by making Messenger the middleman between you and your every interaction in the world having 1 Billion users makes it easier to bring partners to the table.
Mic has been on the forefront of experimenting with new ways to engage with their audience and at the Republican National Convention last week, Mic readers learned they could opt-in to receive live SMS messages from the Mic team on happenings at the RNC. Referring to it as “live microjournalism,” this was Mic’s first experiment with live SMS to share stories.
Shridhar Murri talks about the rise of the business bots, the circumstances under which they've risen and where this trend is going.
Bot Discovery is a still a problem for bot makers on all platforms. Facebook has said they have 18,000+ bots on their platform, Amazon has over a thousand. We are starting to see the aggregation services such as bot directories also take shape.