We are excited about
and love what we do.

OUR MISSION

We have built Brian in order to create real value for consultants, corporate developers and other high-paced business professionals. We do so by exploring innovative ways of connecting human talent, state-of-the-art technology and data. We aim to ‘generate’ time that our clients can invest in new business ideas or share with loved ones. We believe that, thanks to our independence, personal integrity and high data security standards we establish lasting trustful partnerships. We love what we do.

LEAP OF FAITH

Acceleration

The business accelerates, but a large share of professionals today deal daily with ‘standard’ operative tasks for which there are already smart tools and services available (translation, financial analysis, research, calculation model, and so on )

Complexity

It is increasingly difficult to keep track of the best services/tools und distinguishing between real value services and good marketing. Many professionals are ‘lost’ in the high number of options, solutions and data sources.

AI at the start

There are already online services and tools supporting multiple tasks of advisors. These tools are fast, instantly available, increasingly smart and, compared to their value, quite affordable. Considering the recent advances of AI, we believe to be just at the beginning.

Seeking simplicity

Accessing the smart features of multiple tools without data security concerns in ‘one place’ by using free natural language increases the efficiency but is also an exciting experience.

HOW IT BEGAN

(Founder’s story)

25. Oct. 2017
“It’s 10:00 pm. We work with high pressure on a proposal for an exciting consulting project. We want to integrate two slides from a different proposal but these are in German. We need them in English and we need them now. All team members are busy with other tasks (note: nobody likes to translate slides), support staff is not available on short notice… so I start to translate them by myself. In order to be faster, I copy-paste the slide sections to DeepL and back… I am impressed by the quality of the translation and think to myself… there must be an automated way for this!”
Nov. 2017
I talk to friends, AI experts and some colleagues about the idea of a multi-skill digital assistant designed to help people like us with recurring tasks. There is nothing like this on the market, the people are excited about the idea. I am excited too! But is something like this technically possible?
Dec. 2017
Brian is born. As first he can just do smalltalk and tell jokes. I am experimenting with the chatbot technology, RPA, researching further online skills and databases. I analyze all top AI 100 companies in order to find out, which of them are potentially helpful for business professionals like me. I can get no sleep – new skill ideas come in late evening, in the middle of the night, very early in the morning… the only relieve is to write them down – a mind map of 50 potential skills is the result.
May 2018
It will work! We have build the architecture for Pro Brian and we see the technological prove that Brian will work and it will be amazing! First users test the translation skill and all of them are loving it. It is not perfect, but it saves a lot of time!
Jun. 2018
AskBrian GmbH is founded. We have some funding, have done all the registration and paper work. In parallel we develop the free skills of Brian – Brian of first contact.
Jul. 2018
Free Brian is accessible for the broad public. Initial five free skills are accessible via Telegram, Skype and Google Assisstant. We do no marketing for Brian, accidental and occasional users of Brian help us to make Brian more robust. We test also accessing skills of Brian via a regular telephone number. It is exciting to call Brian, but there are too many misunderstandings in the transition from voice to text. But we see exciting technological developments – looking forward!
Sept. 2018
Brian’s webpage is live! We are preparing the market launch of Pro Brian. The first heavy weight skill will be powerpoint translation. Further skills will follow. Working on webpage, pricing, talking to potential clients… we are more and more excited. The next milestone will be: ‘Pro Brian is alive!’
Jan. 2019
Pro Brian is alive! For the first time the end-to-end architecture works! Brian answers emails and peforms tasks in the background. This is just amazing! Still, much more to do: he can proces only smaller files, he is not stable and the translation quality is not good enough.
Apr. 2019
Champagne breakfast: In the night we had a technological breakthrough when all powerpoint slides are translated and formatted correctly. The founder crying. Happy. We intensify client talks in order to start free trials. So exciting!
Aug. 2019
Brian is running, we have paying clients, 600+ users, more than 1000 requests a month. We are improving the deliverability, solving special issues, adding translation of pdf, png and jpg files. Now we are ready to onboard further clients and start contacting investors.
Jan. 2020
We experience very positive traction, amazing feedback and great potential. So the founders decided to dedicate 100% of their passion and energy to Brian. We believe we owe it to our clients, we owe it to Brian and we love building Brian. With additional power, we move faster.
May 2020
The world is struggling with Corona, economy slows down and this is the time where we push even stronger and close our first external financing round! The world becomes more digital, Brian fits perfectly in the new digital age. With our new supporters, we have so many more possibilities!

COOPERATION PARTNERS AND TECHNOLOGY

PEOPLE BEHIND BRIAN

Pavol Sikula

Founder & CEO

Experienced Management Consultant
14+ years at Stern Stewart & Co.
Expertise in support optimization
Two-time Ironman

Matthias Ruppel

Co-founder & CTO

Passionate software developer
Experienced team leader
3 years big data at T-Systems

Jeewan Gaur

Product development & Research

Experienced Financial analyst
Years at CRISIL (S&P company) and BCG Knowledge
Ambitious doer and passionate cricket player

Nina Rümmele

Projects and GDPR

Experienced Management and GDPR Consultant
Years in Roland Berger, What the Food!…
Entrepreneur and keynote speaker

Christiane Krause

HR and Corp. Development

Experienced in networking, customer relations, PM and controlling
15+ years at Siemens
Passionate wellbeing manager

Christopher Schmitt

Software developer

Experienced backend developer
Years at Hetzner Cloud
Enthusiastic gamer

SELECTED ADVISORS

Björn Kolbmüller

Lead Angel

Experienced digital entrepreneur
Founder of Flaconi and Zenloop

Paul Schwarzenholz

Lead Angel

Experienced digital entrepreneur
Founder of Flaconi and Zenloop

Stefan Heppelmann

Angel

MD Green ALPS and
Partner at Stern Stewart & Co.

Jens Torchalla

Angel

Amber Invest and
experienced consulting partner

Dr. Torsten Göcke

Angel

Specialist for legal matters
Associate Partner at EY Law

Daniel Möllerhenn

Angel

Digital thought leader and
Principal at Bain & Company

Matthias Setzer

Advisor growth

Global Director Payments
Partnerships at Facebook

Matthias Anderer

Advisor AI

Aerospace engineer, serial entrepreneur and accelerator builder
10+ years in consulting
AI technology evangelist and paraglider

Felix Köllner

Advisor digital assistants

Serial entrepreneur, bot builder and hackathon champion
10+ years in consulting
Passionate downhill mountain biker

Aravind Mohanoor

NLU Expert

Leading expert for digital assistants
Founder MiningBusinessData
Software engineer and entrepreneur

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