Host: Marco Oliver, Client Success Director at We Build Bots
Guest: Julian Harris, Head of Technology Research at CognitionX
Marco Oliver: Hi Paul and welcome to The Botcast.
Paul Shepherd: Hello.
MO: So obviously it's quite strange interviewing you because you're my CEO but we'll give it a good go and I'll give you the same grilling that I like to give the guests generally. So, firstly we've had a really good year, you particularly of had a cracking year. We won the prestigious Sir Michael Moritz Awards at We Build Bots, we’ve raised over £700,000 on our first crowdfunding campaign and recently we've been accepted onto the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator Program, so it's all really positive. Before we start to go into more detail on that, do you want to just give the listeners a bit of background about yourself and where we've come from and where we are now?
PS: Yeah, sure. I worked in Digital Communications for Financial Services, I then left that world and set up a digital agency. As part of that, I spent about two years on a big contract in the state's, going back and forth every couple of months. When that contract ended, I settled back in the UK and started building the team to about 9 or 10 of us and the agency almost became an incubator for product ideas as much as a service agency and a lot of what we did was managing the social media feeds for customer service departments and that really spawned the idea of what is now IntelAgent.