Make way for more bots: Ex-Evernote CEO Phil Libin leads seed rounds for Butter.ai and Growbot

Advertisement Earlier this year, Phil Libin, the former CEO of Evernote who is now a venture capitalist at General Catalyst, laid out plans to fund and support (and maybe even build?) his own startups in the burgeoning world of bots — services that use conversational interfaces and varying degrees of artificial intelligence to provide users with information, products and more. Now those investments are coming to light. Butter.ai — started by a team of ex-Evernoters — has raised a seed round of $3 million from General Catalyst for a productivity app that is still in stealth. And Growbot, a messaging bot designed for congratulating co-workers via Slack, has raised a seed round of $1.7 million, with other investors including XSeed Capital and Inventus Capital Partners. Growbot has been in the market for about a year and has 4,800 companies using its free bot, writes founder Jeremy Vandehey. A paid…


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