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ASAPP: Generative AI for Contact Centers with CEO Gustavo Sapoznik

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Today, we’re joined by Gustavo Sapoznik, Founder and CEO of ASAPP, the generative AI platform transforming contact centers. Matt + Gustavo discuss the magnitude of challenges to overcome in this market, how their AI tech is designed to help humans, the reason smart people should choose working at a startup over Big Tech, and more.

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Show Notes:

[00:00:45] Introducing Gustavo Sapoznik, Founder & CEO of ASAPP, a unicorn AI startup based in New York;

[00:01:00] How ASAPP started with a mission to “end bad customer service” after a frustrating phone call Mr. Sapoznik had with his cable provider;

[00:02:44] ASAPP’s product philosophy and how the customer service is a three-legged stool with companies, customers, and agents;

[00:05:11] How ASAPP automates what they can and augments the rest to make agents more productive;

[00:07:12] The evolution of ASAPP’s offerings including how ASAPP technology makes agents more productive;

[00:9:16] How ASAPP’s technology reduces response times and improves quality for agents by including transcription, auto complete, and real-time scoring of interactions for quality assurance;

[00:13:49] How ASAPP has evolved since 2014; their research-first approach, building in-house AI capabilities, training their own models, and their recent exploration of using open-source checkpoints;

[00:15:05] How Mr. Sapoznik hired the guy who ran all NLP research at Google;

[00:16:04] How cost, latency, and accuracy in their AI models differentiate ASAPP from common AI APIs available today;

[00:18:49] Agent models v. Language models and how ASAPP AI is modularized for large teams with established tech stacks;

[00:20:09] Mr. Sapoznik shares insights on selling to large enterprises and why he believes building a sales machine is equally, if not more important, than the product itself;

[00:23:08] How to recruit and retain top AI talent;

[00:27:42] Lessons learned from working with notable board members, including the three key dimensions of support from a good board: being a sounding board, providing tactical advice and connections, and instilling a sense of accountability and motivation;

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