Arte Merritt

Summary

  • Thought leader in conversational AI interfaces
  • Strong relationships and network in conversational interface industry
  • Skills include Business Development, Marketing, Partnerships, Product Management
  • P&L Responsibility
  • 3 Patents, including one for Mobile Analytics Tracking
  • Frequent author and speaker on chatbots and data insights
  • MIT Alum

Relevant Experience

CEO, Co-founder at Dashbot

2016-2020

  • Co-founded analytics platform for conversational interfaces, chatbots, and voice assistants, including Alexa, Facebook Messenger, Google Assistant, IVR, SMS
  • Set overall product vision and go-to-market strategy
    • Led marketing efforts to organically acquire 20,000 customers, generating over 90 billion messages
  • Led business development, sales, and strategic partnership efforts with key industry players
    • Increased revenues in midst of Covid-19 – setting company on pace for 100% annual growth
    • Closed largest deal in company history during global pandemic
    • Partnered with ecosystem players, Fortune 500s, digital agencies, and system integrators
    • Received multiple M&A offers
  • Organized annual “SuperBot” conference featuring industry thought leaders from around the world
  • Published 50 articles on conversational AI interfaces & data insights
  • Industry speaker at MWC, SXSW, VentureBeat
  • Managed P&L
  • Raised 6.2M in venture funding

Senior Director, Emerging Tech at Turner Broadcasting

2011-2013

  • Corporate Development: identified, researched, and evaluated startups for partner, investment, and acquisition opportunities
  • Co-launched Turner’s “Media Camp” Accelerator program
    • Two portfolio companies acquired; one raised 14M
  • Evangelized mobile technologies and best practices within Turner

Founder, CEO / President at Motally

2008-2010

  • Founded mobile analytics platform 
  • Led successful acquisition to Nokia
  • Set overall product vision and strategy
  • Led product, marketing, business development, and partnerships
  • Managed P&L
  • Raised 2M in venture funding

Other Experiences

  • Product Manager, Yahoo! Mobile, 2005-2007
  • Product Manager, 3mg Inc, 2000-2003, 2005
  • Sales Engineer, Vettro, 2004
  • Senior / Lead Technologist, Viant, 1998-2000
  • Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 1997-1998
  • Internet Developer, RandomHouse Publishing, 1996-1997

Volunteer

  • Mentor, Orange Fab Accelerator, 2013-2018
  • Mentor, MIT Venture Mentoring Service, 2015-2018
  • Mentor, NYU AI NexusLab, 2017-2018
  • Investor, Advisor, SnapUp (acquired by Ipsy), 2014-2016
  • Director, Mobile Monday Silicon Valley, 2011-2013
  • Chairman, MIT Wireless Forum, 2001-2003
  • Entrepreneur Committee, MIT Club of Boston, 2001-2003
  • VP Communications, MIT Club of New York, 1997-1999

Patents

  • US Patent 8,180,376 for Mobile Analytics Tracking and Reporting
  • US Patent 8,620,315 for Multi-tiered anti-abuse registration for a mobile device user
  • US Patent 6,341,779 for Mathematical Card and Dice Game

Awards

  • 2019 Voicebot Top Technologist in Voice (Dashbot)
  • 2018 Gartner Cool Vendor in AI for Conversational Platforms (Dashbot)
  • 2018 MIT AI Idol Winner (Dashbot)
  • 2011 Telecom Council Spiffy Edison Award for Most Innovative Startup (Motally)
  • 2010 Mobile Ecosystem Forum Meffy Winner for Business Intelligence (Motally)
  • 2009 Amazon AWS Startup Challenge Finalist (Motally)

Skills

  • Conversational AI, chatbots, voice assistants
  • Big data, analytics
  • Business Development, Sales
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Marketing, Product Marketing
  • Product Management
  • Public Speaking
  • P&L responsibility
  • Managing teams
  • Reporting to executive board

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S. Management Sciences

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