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Johnny Xu@johnnyxu · PM at Ozlo Inc.
Hey PH 👋 We just taught Ozlo about Pokestops and Gyms in our latest release. Read up about it here: https://medium.com/teamozlo/ozlo...
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Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
Hi, I'm Charles and I made Ozlo along with my co-founder @michaelrhanson and a team of other smart people here in Palo Alto and Seattle. If you want to try Ozlo sooner, go to our website at signup at http://ozlo.com?vip=producthunt By the way - Alex Kantrowitz at BuzzFeed has been using Ozlo for the last few weeks. You can see his experiences here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkan...
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@okito @michaelrhanson so tell us what Ozlo is/does :)
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@bentossell Ozlo is an AI bot that can help you find information and make decisions. We call him personal AI because he works for you - you can tell him about yourself and your preferences, tell him when he is right or wrong, and he will accommodate himself to you. He's different that most assistant/bots because he actually has his own internal model of the world, built by reading the content from many different apps and publishers. This allows him to have a deeper understanding of the questions you ask him and your own personal preferences. if you've tried any of the bots recently and found them disappointing, you'll see how Ozlo is a major step forward. You can see Ozlo in action in our opening blog post https://medium.com/teamozlo/intr.... Or signup and install the app on the App Store – we'll let you in as fast as we can. Also happy to answer questions here.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@okito I feel like the video shows me what a bot launch SHOULD be
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@bentossell Thanks! we have been working on Ozlo for a long time, but AI takes awhile. We're trying hard to under-promise and over-deliver.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@okito looks like a promising delivery so far ;)
Carl Consing@cmconsing
@okito @michaelrhanson will this product hunt link give us access sooner? looks like it placed me at a regular spot in line. can't wait to try it tho!
PJ Camillieri@cam_pj · Founder
@okito @michaelrhanson Hunted by @johnolilly, beta tested by @sarahtavel... should we read between the lines :-)? Congrats on the launch anyway. I was wondering: is it US only?
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@cmconsing @michaelrhanson Hi Carl - yes it definitely gives you access sooner. We just invited a bunch of you guys.
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@cam_pj yeah it's US only for now. Ozlo technically could work elsewhere but he is only an expert on US places.
Reggie Cole@pixelenglish · Volunteer, Kramden Institute
@okito I got one of those invites, but my cell number isn't accepted. Is there something going on with the system? I've tried several times.
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@pixelenglish Hi Reggie - we've run into an issue with some people who put in emails when they signed up. Hang tight, I'll let you know as soon as it's fixed.
Reggie Cole@pixelenglish · Volunteer, Kramden Institute
@okito I forgot to mention that in my response earlier. I look forward to enjoying your product.
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@pixelenglish HI Reggie - The issue with email signups has been fixed. If you haven't done so already, please reinstall your app and try again. It should work now!
Scott Entwistle@scawtent · Founder, Job Ordered
@okito I signed up with the link, I'm sure getting in today is out of the question, will the next round be tomorrow? Super excited to test!
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@scawtent Hey Scott - I'll see if we can do another round of invites tonight; otherwise it will be in the morning. We are letting people in as long as our servers will let us. :)
Scott Entwistle@scawtent · Founder, Job Ordered
@okito awesome, can't wait 😄 thanks Charles!
Nate Benson@natebenson · Digital Media Manager at 43North
@okito Will Ozlo help you plan your day as well? I'm always looking to find better ways to manage my schedule, when I'm scheduling news stories to shoot or edit. Signed up, looks like I'm in just in time before the 10,000th ticket. Looking forward to trying it.
Scott Entwistle@scawtent · Founder, Job Ordered
@okito Hey Charles, any word on invites for today?
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@scawtent we are sending more out now. Sorry for the delay. Ping me again if you don't get yours.
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@natebenson eventually we'd like him to! we think there are some really cool ways to help with this that is more natural then focusing on a calendar.
Vlad Magdalin@callmevlad · CEO @ Webflow
I've been alpha testing Ozlo for the last week or so around SF, and it's saved me a bunch of time. It's fully replaced using the native Yelp app for me for restaurant recommendations (which the alpha is limited to, but I hear it will expand to much more) - asking Ozlo something like "Great sushi spots around here that are open for lunch" is so much faster than futzing around with Yelp's filtering UI.
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@callmevlad thanks vlad!
Scott Entwistle@scawtent · Founder, Job Ordered
@callmevlad I've started relying on Hound pretty heavily for the same reasons. Much easier than dealing with Yelp :)
Sarah Tavel@sarahtavel · partner, greylock
I've been a lucky early user of Ozlo and I find myself going straight to Ozlo more and more. It was one of those "ah ha moments" for me that made me realize what a crappy experience I'de been putting up with whenever I cross-referenced Yelp/Google Maps to find a nearby coffee shop or place to eat. Very excited to see where things go from here! Congrats to the team on getting this out there. (Disclosure: Greylock is an investor.)
Corey O@coreyo · Senior Product Manager at Madison Reed
I've also been a tester for Ozlo for a while now. What I really like is that I don't have to fumble between different apps to find what the star ratings from Zagat or Foursquare or Yelp. All that info is easy to get to AND it's done using the conversational syntax that I've gotten used to with other interfaces like Siri, Alexa or Google Now. Why do you guys believe that AI and the conversational interface is getting so much hype right now and what makes you think it's the right one?
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@coreyo Hey Corey! You know it's a lot like what happened on the web - at first people were so excited about the web, they didn't mind having to find all the website they wanted manually and bookmarking them. After a while, there was so much information, you needed something to help you get to the right place –– and that is where Google emerged. We think we're at a similar point now with phones and apps. People are growing tired of trying to manage their own apps. You need a new starting point that is easier and more direct for the phone. AI and conversation are the most natural fit. It takes a long time to build an AI though. So although a lot of people are getting it now, I think if you haven't been working on something for a couple of years already, it's going to be hard to build something amazing.
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Congrats on the launch Charles! Looks incredible. Let me ask you a tough Q -- if this DOESN'T succeed, why not?
Charles Jolley
Maker
@okito · CEO, Ozlo Inc.
@eriktorenberg Great question. Building an AI people will actually trust and rely on everyday is extremely challenging because building the first version is just the beginning. There is a lot that goes into keeping Ozlo fed with new information so that he continues to grow and evolve that we have to do a great job of. It depends a lot on getting good feedback from early users like you!