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Episode 79

Ben Brown

I'm a product designer and software developer and the co-founder of @XOXCO.

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Ben Brown is the co-founder and CEO, of Howdy, a friendly, trainable bot that super powers teams by automating common tasks. Ben has built several startups and products, including XOXCO, a software and product design studio that he ran for more than seven years with his wife Katie. Ben is going to share what got him into tech, why he's excited about chat bots, his thoughts on the future of the industry, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Ben
  • Learn how Ben got involved in tech startups
  • Learn more about Howdy & Botkit
  • Learn more about the future of bots
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Ben Brown is the co-founder and CEO, of Howdy, a friendly, trainable bot that super powers teams by automating common tasks.

Ben has built several startups and products, including XOXCO, a software and product design studio that he ran for more than seven years with his wife Katie.

Ben is going to share what got him into tech, why he's excited about chat bots, his thoughts on the future of the industry, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Ben got involved in startups.
  • Why Ben started Howdy & Botkit.
  • What Ben believes is the future of bots and why they're useful.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:36
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

4:30
You’re currently the co-founder & CEO of XOXCO. For those who might not know about XOXCO and you tell us a bit about it and what motivated you to start it?

6:46
What’s it been like growing this company for the last 8 years?

8:04
A few months ago you released Howdy and raised $1.5M; what is it and what motivated you to start it?

14:38
What channels did you leverage to help grow Howdy?

16:24
Following Howdy’s launch, you released Botkit. Why release this and what is it about the future of bots (both inside Slack and outside it) that has you most excited?

24:09
What’s next for Howdy & Botkit this year?

25:41
What’s are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

28:04
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

28:56
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Ben Brown on Twitter
XOXCO on Twitter
XOXCO on the web
Howdy on Twitter
Howdy on the web
BotKit
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Neko Atsume
Tickle
Face Swap Live
Slack
Keep Mars Weird

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