Slack has announced $2 million in funding for bot startups in its Slack Fund, that has been passed out to 11 new companies and 3 existing investments. The list, as reported by Techcrunch:
Abacus is intelligent expense reporting software that brings report creation and approvals right into Slack.
Automat is making it easier for anyone to build a bot that passes the Turing Test. Automat is in private beta today.
Birdly connects Slack and Salesforce so that anyone can access the information they need about a given account.
Butter.ai is a personal assistant that makes all of your company knowledge easily accessible. Butter is in private beta.
Candor, Inc. aims to improve working relationships through radically candid feedback. Candor’s Slack app is not generally available yet today.
Growbot lets you encourage and commend your teammates for a job well done with a helpful bot.
Konsus gets you 24/7 access to on-demand freelancers to help you get the job done, all via Slack.
Lattice helps you establish goals, OKRs weekly check-in and continuous feedback with your Slack team.
Myra Labs helps you build amazing bots with an API that provides machine learning modules out of the box. Myra is in private beta.
Sudo is a bot that manages your CRM, taking all of the pain of manual data entry away from the sales rep. Sudo is in private beta.
Wade & Wendy are two intelligent recruiting assistants. Wade is a career advocate who helps find you opportunities and Wendy helps recruiting teams to source candidates. Wade and Wendy aren’t live yet, but you can sign up for their waitlist.
Awesome.ai helps team stay in sync, find clarity and reflect on what’s important.
Begin is a bot that helps improve your focus and efficiency, keeping you on top of all of your work.
Howdy is a friendly, trainable bot that powers teams by automating common tasks.
Bots are a very hot area right now, part of a growing trend toward contextual conversation in enterprise work technologies (see Contextual conversation: Work chat will dominate collaboration) and in the consumer sector, in open messaging apps.
I will be developing a report on Chat, Bots, and the Future of Work Communications in the fall, based on research launching soon. This trend interacts with the rise of AI, and spoken communications, and even the rise of augmented and virtual reality.