The Views, June: A funding slowdown and the rise of chatbots

What are some of the big ideas that are worth discussing in our communities? Each month, The Sheet brings you the thinkpieces that actually made us think.

 

Why do chatbots suck? (TechCrunch)“What’s really surprising is that, despite all this hoopla, it’s hard to find a single chatbot that’s actually a really good product. Of course, we can wrangle over the definition of what makes a good product, but in its simplest terms, a great product would have three traits: (1) It’s simple and easy to use; (2) It works well 99 percent of the time; and (3) It removes or reduces friction in whatever it was you want it to do.”

Why Canada’s tech startups need to prepare for a funding slowdown (Canadian Business): “Should we prepare for a funding slowdown? “Venture capital dollars are still flowing, and in some ways, the funding ecosystem is the healthiest it’s been in years. But there’s a growing consensus that sobriety is kicking in. Valuations are coming down, and venture capitalists are getting more careful about where they put their money.”