Octane AI

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Octane AI was founded in 2016 by Y Combinator alum, former Ustream product manager, 2x Forbes 30 Under 30, and Chatbots Magazine creator Matt Schlicht; former Mashable co-editor and editor-at-large, CNET columnist, venture capitalist, Forbes 30 under 30, and Captivology author Ben Parr; and Omegle creator and owner Leif K-Brooks. Octane AI’s lead investor is Evernote founder Phil Libin at General Catalyst. Octane AI came into existence as a result of the difficulty that exists in creating and managing chatbots. Matt became fascinated with messaging ever since he learned that the top messaging platforms are bigger and growing faster than the top social networks. His interest in messaging led him to create Chatbots Magazine, the Bots Group on Facebook, and the definitive beginner’s guide to chatbots. The magazine and the group took off like rocket ships. Chatbots Magazine now captivates over 250,000 readers per month, and the Bots Group has become the largest community of chatbot developers in the world, with 17,000+ developers, investors and enthusiasts discussing bots, messaging, and artificial intelligence. As a result, countless brands, startups, and investors came to him for help navigating the chatbot world. Do we need a bot? Who should we work with to build a bot? What features should our bot have? Matt realized that everyone from musicians to teachers to big brands needed a simple platform that could create feature-rich bots in minutes, all without any programming. So he teamed up with his co-founders Ben Parr and Leif K-Brooks to create Octane AI.
HQSan Francisco, CA, US

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Key People/Management at Octane AI

Matt Schlicht

Matt Schlicht

CEO & Co-Founder
Ben Parr

Ben Parr

President & Co-Founder
Leif K-Brooks

Leif K-Brooks

CTO & Co-Founder
Megan Berry

Megan Berry

VP of Product
Brian Shanley

Brian Shanley

VP of Sales
Heather Adams

Heather Adams

VP of Marketing
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Octane AI Office Locations

Octane AI has an office in San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, US (HQ)
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Octane AI Financials and Metrics

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Octane AI total Funding

$5.8 m

Octane AI latest funding size

$4.25 m

Time since last funding

a year ago

Octane AI investors

Octane AI's latest funding round in August 2020 was reported to be $4.3 m. In total, Octane AI has raised $5.8 m
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Octane AI News and Updates

Octane AI Raises $4.25M in Funding

Octane AI, a NYC-based buyer profile, Facebook Messenger, and SMS marketing platform for Shopify, raised $4.25m funding.

Octane AI launches Decision Data for bot performance analysis

Octane AI today announced the release of a new feature called Decision Data that tracks the performance of quick replies and buttons that bot users choose most often chatting with a bot. “You get to see what people decide, and with that data you can more personalize and you can more target and you c…

Octane AI Blogs

Doe Lashes’ ecommerce marketing strategy that helped them build a $15M DTC beauty brand in one year

It took Jason Wang a year to build a $15M beauty brand over the short span of twelve months with just $500 in his pocket.

Meet Our New VP of Finance and Operations Alex Gurevich Who Is Bringing Experience From Google, Zendesk and Credit Karma to Our Growing Team

The Octane AI team is thrilled to welcome Alex Gurevich aboard as the new VP of Finance and Operations! 

Vincent Silvey Joins Octane AI as the First VP of Engineering

The Octane AI team is excited to announce Vince Silvey as its new VP of Engineering! 

Introducing Conversational Pop-ups to Help Ecommerce Brands Skyrocket Their Conversion Rates

A pop-up is often the very first thing a customer sees when they come to your store. It's the initial greeting from your brand. When was the last time you improved your pop-ups in a significant way? I’m not talking about using a different image or font size, but providing a better custom…

How to Maintain Personalization within Owned Marketing Channels Using Zero-Party Data

With the recent data and privacy changes, marketers are recognizing the importance of owned marketing. However, a critical piece of owned marketing is proper segmentation and personalization on channels like email and SMS, which occurs from collecting what is called “zero-party data.” 

10 LGBTQIA+ Ecommerce Brands to Support for Pride Month—and Beyond

By now you’ve probably (hopefully) realized that it’s Pride month. While it’s certainly a time to celebrate, it’s important to remember that it historically hasn’t been, and still isn’t, all rainbows and parades for the LGBTQIA+ community. 
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Octane AI Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Octane AI founded?

    Octane AI was founded in 2016.

  • Who are Octane AI key executives?

    Octane AI's key executives are Matt Schlicht, Ben Parr and Leif K-Brooks.

  • Who are Octane AI competitors?

    Competitors of Octane AI include Mobitainment, Pactum and Take Blip.

  • Where is Octane AI headquarters?

    Octane AI headquarters is located at San Francisco, San Francisco.

  • Where are Octane AI offices?

    Octane AI has an office in San Francisco.

  • How many offices does Octane AI have?

    Octane AI has 1 office.