Interview with Dennis Mortensen, CEO

Welcome to Cypress River Advisors’ Reality Check Series where we discuss tech’s bleeding edge players. Cypress River’s Lubna Kabir sits down with Dennis Mortensen, CEO and Founder of

Deep learning techniques, a subset of machine learning, are being applied to horizontal AI’s like Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant. Samsung is catching up through its recent acquisition of Viv Labs. Google and Amazon are extending their reach into your home. While the Big 5 are focused on building out their horizontal AIs, Dennis and his team at take a different approach by applying the same techniques by going vertical, specifically into scheduling.

We at Cypress River Advisors, believe that “voice” will be next OS, but email and messaging will not be going away anytime soon. We posit the greatest gains in efficiency, particularly for the enterprise, will be through vertical AI applications. Dennis makes a compelling argument that scheduling is a pain. At the enterprise level, it is a waste of human resources and time. Resources better spent on value creation. Automation of the most mundane of tasks at a reasonable price should yield clear ROI and pave the path for other vertical AI-driven monetization opportunities.

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How it all started. Solving inbox pain


What differentiates from other intelligent agents


What funding and revenue brings to the table to help win


The horizontal versus vertical AI strategy


Building a startup in NYC versus Silicon Valley


On intelligent agents and social engineering

mortensen-7’s return on investment for the enterprise

mortensen-8’s goal and machine to machine communications


Competing with the Big 5 and the future of vertical AI