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Episode 115

Matt Schlicht

Editor of @ChatbotsMag, @Forbes 30 under 30, early employee at @Ustream.

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Matt Schlicht is the founder and editor of Chatbots Magazine, the #1 place to learn about chatbots. Matt is a YC Alum, a Forbes 30 Under 30 winner and was also previously a product manager at Ustream as well as an advisor to several other startups. Several months ago, Matt decided to launch a community dedicated to messaging and bots. Chatbots Magazine was born and now reaches over 200,000+ people per month. Matt joins us to share his story, how he got into startups and tech, how he created the opportunity to join the team at uStream, how he approaches building products, why he’s so passionate about bots and messaging, what’s next for Chatbots Magazine, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Matt got into tech & startups
  • Learn more about how he approaches product management and building online communities
  • Learn more about why Matt is so passionate about bots and what's next for the Chatbots community
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Matt Schlicht is the founder and editor of Chatbots Magazine, the #1 place to learn about chatbots.

Matt is a YC Alum, a Forbes 30 Under 30 winner and was also previously a product manager at Ustream as well as an advisor to several other startups.

Several months ago, Matt decided to launch a community dedicated to messaging and bots. Chatbots Magazine was born and now reaches over 200,000+ people per month.

Matt joins us to share his story, how he got into startups and tech, how he created the opportunity to join the team at uStream, how he approaches building products, why he’s so passionate about bots and messaging, what’s next for Chatbots Magazine, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • Learn more about how Matt got into tech & startups
  • Learn more about how Matt created the opportunity to work at uStream after high school
  • Learn more about how Matt approaches building products and communities
  • Learn more about Chatbots Magazine, how Matt's grown it, and what's next
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:40
Where are you from and what did you study?

4:43
How did your passion for tech and entrepreneurship develop?

7:14
You’ve created tons of social and online products over the years. Can you tell us a bit about some of them, how you approach creating the products, and what motivated you to launch them in the first place?

14:20
How do you approach conceptualizing and launching products?

20:56
What is Chatbots Magazine and what really motivated you to start it?

28:44
So you’ve approached building this community in what I’d call a non traditional way, making use of several different platforms like FB Groups, Medium, a newsletter and more. Why did you take this approach?

33:15
So In addition to those tools, you also started a podcast for the messaging and bots community. How have you approached launching and growing a podcast?

34:26
What’s next for Chatbots Magazine in the coming months?

37:20
What’s are some of the coolest bot apps you’ve seen or used?

38:49
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

Matt Schlicht on Twitter
Chatbots Magazine on Twitter
Chatbots Magazine on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Streak Trivia
Bots Group on the Web
The Complete Beginner's Guide To Chatbots

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