The Harvard Business Review has made a Slack bot to serve up advice for business leaders, startup founders, and everyone else working with a team or in an office setting.
The HBR bot, which became available last week, draws on more than 200 HBR articles about best practices, from how to bounce back from a failed negotiation to the best ways to give team feedback.
Each piece of advice comes with an article and a bullet list of do’s and don’ts for the TL;DR crowd. An HBR bot user can also request specific case studies that demonstrate the thinking behind the advice and can ask for additional information from experts.
“We don’t have any definite plans for another bot yet, but we’ve built this in a way that makes it potentially usable on other chat platforms. We’re certainly watching what’s happening on Facebook Messenger and other spaces,” an HBR representative told VentureBeat in an email.
The HBR bot was made by HBR with firm Vermonster using Botkit. The bot is free, but the HBR paywall limits reading to four articles per month.
Publishers like CNN, Fox News, and the New York Times have launched their own bots to serve content to readers through chat platforms like Line, Facebook Messenger, and Slack. The Messenger subscription beta was created in August and allows publishers to automatically send news stories.