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That moment when you realize you're exchanging emails with a robot

Katherine Noyes | April 8, 2016
This startup wants to set you up with 'Amy 'or 'Andrew' to schedule your meetings

On Thursday, x.ai took in a fresh $23 million in Series B funding, bringing its total to almost $35 million. It plans to use the new funds to extend its data-science team and support the rollout of its pro and business editions later this year.

Mortensen doesn't rule out the possibility of an expanded reach down the road, but for now, he plans to continue x.ai's focus on meetings.

"More than 10 billion meetings are scheduled in the U.S. alone every year," he said. "That's what we're hunting here. We don't want to be half-assed at five things; we want to be world-class at one thing."

And for those worried about the ascendance of a new breed of robotic overlords, Mortensen isn't concerned.

"I set up 1,019 meetings in 2012 all by myself," he said. "I cried myself to sleep at night."

 

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