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Episode 125

Orrett Davis

Startups, tech, & code | I build things (on&off)line | Growth @AbeTheBot | #chatbot

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Orrett Davis is the Head of Growth at Abe, a company that builds conversational banking solutions for progressive community banks. Orrett is originally from Jamaica and moved to Florida as a kid. After studying Biotechnology, Orrett was exposed to the world of startups and marketing and jumped right in - loving the fast pace at which (almost anything) is possible. Orrett is also deeply connected in the Orlando startup community, having organized several startup weekend events, meetups, and even launching an accelerator there. He was also previously an analyst with a VC firm in between startups of his own. Today, he’s leading growth at a fin-tech bot company called Abe. Orrett joins us to share his story, what it’s like building and being a part of the tech community in Orlando, how he joined the team at Abe, why he’s so interested in the intersection of the fintech and bot spaces, what it’s like growing a bot, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Orrett got into startups
  • Learn more about what Orrett looks for in startups
  • Learn more about why Orrett is so excited by the fin-tech/bot space
  • Learn more about what it's like growing and marketing a fin-tech bot
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Orrett Davis is the Head of Growth at Abe, a company that builds conversational banking solutions for progressive community banks.

Orrett is originally from Jamaica and moved to Florida as a kid. After studying Biotechnology, Orrett was exposed to the world of startups and marketing and jumped right in - loving the fast pace at which (almost anything) is possible.

Orrett is also deeply connected in the Orlando startup community, having organized several startup weekend events, meetups, and even launching an accelerator there.

He was also previously an analyst with a VC firm in between startups of his own. Today, he’s leading growth at a fin-tech bot company called Abe.

Orrett joins us to share his story, what it’s like building and being a part of the tech community in Orlando, how he joined the team at Abe, why he’s so interested in the intersection of the fintech and bot spaces, what it’s like growing a bot, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

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

2:15
How did your passion for tech and entrepreneurship develop?

4:00
How did you start your career as an entrepreneur?

5:39
So after launching one of your first startups, you ended up joining Arsenal Venture Partners as an analyst. How did you create the opportunity to join the team there?

6:31
What was the transition from founder to investor like for you?

7:28
Given your experience in both roles, what are some of the most important elements of a startup you’d tell other founders to focus on or develop if they’re looking to raise some early funding?

8:54
You cofounded an accelerator called Starter Studio. What motivated you to start this and how did you approach making it happen?

11:05
What is it about the startup scene in Orlando that gets you so excited?

14:30
For those who might not have heard about it yet, can you tell us more about Abe and how you created the opportunity to join the team there?

17:26
What is it about the bot space that has you the most excited? And where do you see it continuing to evolve?

19:15
How are you approaching the marketing and growth of that app? Are there any additional challenges for you given the financial aspect of the app?

24:40
What are some of the most recent apps or bots that you’ve downloaded or used?

25:34
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

26:38
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

Orrett Davis on Twitter
Orrett Davis on the Web
Abe on Twitter
Abe on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

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Chatbots Magazine




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