After selling his Swarm Mobile startup toGroupon and working at the public company in San Francisco, Ryan Denehy has made an unusual move: He returned to New York to launch a new business, Electric.ai.
The startup, incorporated as Electric AI Inc., provides chat-based information technology support to small businesses in the Slack Technologies Inc. messenger. It plans to launch its service next month to a few paying customers, Mr. Denehy said. It is one of many forthcoming uses of chatbots in business.
Bowery Capital just led a $2 million seed round for Electric.ai with participation from another local seed venture firm, Primary Venture Partners.