First-Time Tech Founder On Starting a Company: ‘You Will Feel Incompetent’

Meet Clara, your personal assistant. She’s every busy person’s dream, able to set up meetings and appointments with very little effort on your part. And you don’t have to pay her an annual salary or benefits. Why? She’s a robot. Clara, who lives entirely in your email and whose named can be changed to your preference, is the brainchild of Clara Labs in San Francisco. At $199 to $499 a month, the conversational artificial intelligence platform can schedule meetings, make restaurant reservations and RSVP to invites on your behalf. The more a customer uses her the smarter she becomes. The company reportedly has hundreds of clients, including Airbnb, Stripe, Houzz, and Genentech. Maran Nelson, along with co-founder Michael Akilian, launched Clara to the public in September 2015. Nelson graduated only…


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