21 Bot Professionals You Need To Follow

Chatbots are all over the internet. The use of chatbots is spreading and will not stop growing. This new industry is covered by many names, people and companies that want to spread the word.

To help you know who you should be following in the chatbot world, we have put together a list of 20 professionals you need to follow so you can be up to date with this technology.

1). Murray Newlands

First on my list is Murray Newlands, Entrepreneur, Investor, Business Adviser and Speaker. Newlands started his career as a lawyer, but at the age of 23, he pursued a different path, becoming much more creative by becoming an entrepreneur and opening his own agency for creative marketing and public relations.

Murray Newlands is the author of “Online Marketing: A User’s Manual,” and he has also published “How to Get PR for your Startup: Traction” and “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals.”

Furthermore, he is a founder of Sighted.com, an online invoicing company, and ChattyPeople.com, one of the best chatbot platform solution for creating AI chatbots that can be integrated into Facebook Messenger.

Murray wants to help entrepreneurs and marketers in large and medium-size companies by offering chatbot solutions with his free plan to start at ChattyPeople.com.

Murray Newlands was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top influential marketers in the World.

2). Sujan Patel

Entrepreneur, marketer, and founder of WedProfit or Mailshake, Sujan Patel is an entrepreneur and marketer with his thirteen years of experience. He has helped Turbotax, Mint and Salesforce to grow their companies. Patel is a co-founder of ContentMarketer.io & Narrow.io. He has many publications on chatbot technology at Forbes and Entrepreneur.com.

3). Michael Perry

Michael Perry is co-founder and CEO of Kit CRM which was acquired by Shopify, and now he is a Product Director at Shopify.

4). Simon Robic

Product Manager at iAdvize and is the founder of Bringr and works as a Product Manager at iAdvize. Simon Robic believes that if AI chatbots are guided by humans, they will have a bigger effect on the quality of the customer service that companies want to provide to their clients.

5). Alex Lebrun

Bot Trainer at Facebook, Alex Lebrun, is the co-founder of Wit.ai, the voice recognition startup. Wit.ai was sold to Facebook and now he is part of the Facebook team and works as a Bot Trainer.

6). Tina Chen

Product Design Manager and Slack Technologies.

7). James Cooper

Head of Creative, Betaworks & Chief Creative Office, Poncho.

8). Esther Crawford

Co-Founder & CEO, Olabot.

9). Mike Gozzo

Co-Founder & CTO, Smooch.io.

10). Ilker Köksal

From Botanalytics.

11). Matt Schlicht

One of the biggest resources available for learning about chatbots is Chatbots Magazine, and its founder, Matt Schlicht, is one of the industry’s top influencers. Known as one of the best social media guys around, Schlicht has earned a reputation for founding companies specializing in chatbot creation and AI marketing, like Octane AI. He wrote “The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Chatbots” which is well worth reading.

12). Marlene Jia

Chatbots are relatively new. However, prominent publications are helping business owners understand how chatbots can help their companies. Malene Jia, in association with Adelyn Zhou, published “Chatbots,” a book that helps marketers build efficient bots on Facebook and other platforms. Jia is also the Head of Revenue and Operations at TOPBOTS and helps drive superior experiences for customers through chatbot technology

13) Dharmesh Shah

Anyone who is familiar with online marketing thought leaders will recognize Dharmesh Shah, or at least his company, Hubspot. Shah is a co-founder and CTO at Hubspot, a developer of software products to aid inbound marketing and sales. He has taken a strong stance on the importance of chatbots and was one of the driving forces behind the release of Growthbot, Hubspot’s own chatbot.

14) Adelyn Zhou

Ad Head of Marketing at TOPBOTS, the co-founder of TOPBOTS has made a name for herself in the AI field. She has been recognized as one of the most influential experts in AI, chatbots and growth. She gives many lectures and organizes, among other things, Bot Meetups.

15. Jason Mars

CEO of Clinc.

16. Lingjia Tang

CTO of Clinc founded out of Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2015, Clinc is the brainchild, Jason Mars (CEO) and Lingjia Tang (CTO), both AI and systems research professors from the University of Michigan. Clinc unveiled its first product, called Finie — a portmanteau derived from “finance” and “genie” — which the company touts as “the world’s most advanced voice-controlled AI platform for banking.”

17. Dr. Johann Hauswald

Co-Founder & Chief Architect of Clinc, Dr. Johann Hauswald, received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of Michigan. Dr. Hauswald earned national attention for his creation of Sirius (now Lucida) the open-source intelligent personal assistant that he built entirely from the ground up. In addition to English, Johann is fluent in French and German. Previously, Johann received his B.S.E in Electrical Engineering and his M.S. in Computer Science from The University of Michigan.

18. Dr. Mike Laurenzano

Dr. Mike Laurenzano is the CTO and Co-Founder of Clinc. Mike received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from The University of Michigan, focusing on compilers and run-time systems, and has had over 40 research papers published during his career. Mike earned a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from The University of San Diego, and an MS in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of California, San Diego. Before founding Clinc, Mike was a computational scientist at UC San Diego and the Director of Systems and Architecture at EP Analytics. In addition to his impressive engineering portfolio, Mike is an avid endurance sports enthusiast, having completed an Ironman and several ultra-marathons.

♦♦The last three spots go to the Founders of DeepMind. Even though they are not in the chatbot development technology, they are the pioneers in AI and creators of AlphaGO. They need to be mentioned as the professionals I recommend to be followed because the chatbot technology is powered by AI and their research and further development is of most importance.

19). Dr. Demis Hassabis

Co-Founder & CEO, DeepMind.

20).Mustafa Suleyman

Co-Founder & Head of Applied AI.

21). Dr. Shane Legg

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, DeepMind.

Final Thoughts

Chatbots and AI are the way of the future, and the way we will live our lives among technology, itself. This technology will be the outbreak that will help us to better ourselves in so many fields, and I believe it’s needed to be followed and embraced.

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Posted by Slobodan S.