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Karma Bot Is at Y Combinator Startup School 2018

Stas Kulesh
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Oct 18, 2018 · 1 min read
Karma Bot Is at Y Combinator Startup School 2018
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Karma bot news flash. We’ve been accepted into Y Combinator Startup School 2018 Advisor Track and trying to iterate as often as possible and, most importantly, connect to our customers.

Karma bot is a people culture chat bot for high-performing teams. Available on Slack, MS Teams and Telegram. (HipChat Karma bot format is also supported.)

Using any of those at work? Please check out The first impression is very important. A couple of questions to the friendly community:

  • What would you change in the in-chat on-boarding tour?
  • What is clearly missing from the product?

Your help will be much appreciated.

Our customers

Customers that get the most value out of Karma bot are usually the teams of 20+ size. At that scale chats become messy and the founders/managers begin to lose grasp on the current state of affairs in daily conversations: threads, channels, direct messages. At some point, it is hard to impossible to know who did a good job.

Karma bot helps team mates to share karma points and provide micro-feedback on a regular basis.

In the long run, this helps team leaders to recognise best performers and strong communicators. The bot can automatically assign a category to each karma request. At the end of the year/quarter, a simple appreciation token like @user ++ for being a good sport can help an employee to get a bonus or a promotion.

Here, we’ve created Karma bot Explained page to showcase the usual story.

October 2018 Stats

Karma bot Slack:

  • 1,197 active teams
  • Notable clients: VMWare, Nokia Video

Karma bot MS:

  • 1,633 teams, 14,584 users
  • Microsoft HQ office in Seattle is using it.

Karma bot Telegram (Free):

  • 106 teams


  • 4,000 teams
  • 325,000 users
  • +100 teams per week

What feature shall we implement next?

  1. Performance reports
  2. Anonymous peer / company feedback (e.g.,
  3. Your suggestion

Just email your response to and receive $20 credit on your Karma bot balance.

Stas Kulesh
Stas Kulesh
Written by Stas Kulesh
Karma bot founder. I blog, play fretless guitar, watch Peep Show and run a digital design/dev shop in Auckland, New Zealand. Parenting too.