318: Former Pixar CTO Reveals The Art Of Computer Conversation & The Creativity to Make a Chatbot Work

Aug 19, 2017
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You may have probably already spoken to a PullString chatbot on an entertainment website such as Marvel’s Doctor Strange or Top Gear Grand Tour without even realizing it. Last year the “Lt. Reyes” campaign in Call of Duty garnered 6 million exchanges on Facebook Messenger in the first 24 hours.

These are just a few examples of what PullString can do. The entertainment and technology company combines art and science to enable computer conversation with characters. As businesses begin to explore how digital assistants can interact with consumers, more and more are turning to PullString to power their chatbots.

Working at the intersection of creative expression and artificial intelligence, we provide companies with the leading solution for building and deploying highly engaging bots and computer conversation.

Marketers are gravitating both to voice and text-based computer conversation (e.g. chatbots) to engage with customers. PullString is the only company enabling conversations on Amazon Echo, Alexa Google Home, as well as text-based computer conversations on Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Messenger.

As these platforms surge in popularity with consumers, PullString is seeing a similar surge in demand from companies that want to build branded chatbot experiences on these platforms.

CEO and CoFounder, PullString Oren Jacob, previously enjoyed 20 years at Pixar. Steve Jobs and Ed Catmull had handpicked Oren to lead Pixar’s internal tech team as CTO, where he worked on Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life, and Finding Nemo. There is an argument that PullString’s name was partly inspired by the Pixar character Woody from Toy Story considering the companies ethos.

A filmmaker and technologist, who spent more than 20 years at Pixar rubbing shoulders with Steve Jobs before adding his human touch to the art of computer conversation are more than enough reasons to make him a perfect guest of this tech podcast. Oren plans to drop all of this in a heartbeat to become a pro snowboarder the minute that first sponsor shows up.

I invited Oren onto the show before he decides to drop everything in a heartbeat to become a pro snowboarder, the minute that first sponsor shows up…

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