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Episode 128

Jake Cohn

Founder & CEO of @TextAndChill, the world's best movie recommendation experience.

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Jake Cohn is the Founder & CEO of And Chill, a friendly bot that gives you amazing movie recommendations! Jake was introduced to the world of startups through university and various groups afterward graduation. He then left his law office job for a contact with Google. Jake’s career continued to push him down the startup path and saw him develop an affinity for putting the customer first and championing for their needs. He then decided to go all in and launched And Chill, a recommendation app that broke the mold - creating a friendly and funny personality via their first chatbot for Facebook Messenger. Jake joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what motivated him to launch And Chill, why he’s so excited and passionate about the bot space, why they chose to create the personality and tone of the bot, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Jake got into startups
  • Learn more about how Jake approached building the first version of the bot
  • Learn more about why Jake is so passionate about the messaging space
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Jake Cohn is the Founder & CEO of And Chill, a friendly bot that gives you amazing movie recommendations!

Jake was introduced to the world of startups through university and various groups afterward graduation. He then left his law office job for a contact with Google.

Jake’s career continued to push him down the startup path and saw him develop an affinity for putting the customer first and championing for their needs.

He then decided to go all in and launched And Chill, a recommendation app that broke the mold - creating a friendly and funny personality via their first chatbot for Facebook Messenger.

Jake joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what motivated him to launch And Chill, why he’s so excited and passionate about the bot space, why they chose to create the personality and tone of the bot, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:50
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:49
How did your passion for tech and entrepreneurship develop?

7:49
You ended up joining Google shortly after. What was that process like for you and what was the experience of being on that team like?

11:00
How did you make the transition from employee to CEO and founder? What are some of the challenges you’ve had to overcome?

15:20
Today, you’re the founder of And Chill, for those who might not have heard about it yet, can you tell us more about it and what motivated you to start it?

18:52
The And Chill bot has a pretty amazing personality - using emojis, images and more. How did the tone for the brand emerge?

21:50
How did you build the first version of the platform?

25:10
What is it about bots and messaging that has you so excited?

27:50
Since bots are pretty new and haven’t quite gone mainstream yet, how are you approaching user acquisition and marketing? What have been some of the most effective channels and tactics so far?

32:59
Where did the name come from and what's next for And Chill?

35:55
If you could send your younger self a 5 min massage or some advice, what would you say?

34:18
What are some of the most recent apps or bots that you’ve downloaded or used?

40:30
What’s your favorite movie(s)? And what’s some other cool content that you’ve come across lately?

43:21
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

Jake Cohn on Twitter
Jake Cohn on the Web
And Chill on Twitter
And Chill on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Zoom.ai
Purple
Rocky

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