The current generation of chatbots is, at best, disappointing., which is launching its private beta today, hopes to change that.

The team of three AI PhDs that founded the company believes that its ChatFlow framework will make it easier for developers to build useful chatbots that can work on multiple platforms and easily hold multi-turn conversations.

Seattle-based started with a focus on Amazon s Alexa platform and received funding from the Alexa Fund and participated in Paul Allen s AI2 incubator program.

Before turning its attention to ChatFlow, though, the team worked on a smaller project for hotword detection think OK, Google or Alexa .

In some way, that s no surprise, given that co-founder Guoguo Chen worked on some of the fundamental technology behind OK, Google while he was interning at the company.

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