To our knowledge, there are no direct competitors which offer artificial-intelligence-based fully automated mentoring for employees. Firms that offer related services, which could be considered competitors are: (a) AI-based mentoring for targets other than employees, (b) products/services that match employees with human mentors and coaches, (c) apps that offer career-related learning, and (d) organizations that provide mentoring and coaching by humans. These are summarized below.
Since at least 2000, industry observers have been predicting that artificial intelligence-based mentors will be developed. In 2016, a technology analyst predicted that AI-based mentors would come out within a year. Besides ourselves, we are not aware of any companies which offer an AI-based career mentor designed for all employees and individuals.
Butterfly.ai offers mentoring for managers. There is one firm, DQ Labs, based in Bangalore, India, in very early startup mode (they don’t have a website yet), which intends to offer an Artificial Intelligence Mentor (AIM) for students to help them define and achieve goals; including preparing for exams; finding scholarships; identifying strengths, weaknesses and skill gaps; and choosing a career.
There are a number of companies which sell software or services to corporations to match live mentors and coaches with employees in the corporation, and provide supporting services (business software comparison company Capterra lists over 40 of these companies). Examples of these companies include MentorcliQ, Chronus, River, eMentor Connect, Mentorink, Art of Mentoring, Achiiva, Mentor Resources, Management Mentors, MentorCity and MentorLoop. Many companies which use these services find it difficult to find enough employees to do the mentoring, so there is often a lot of unmet demand.
There are apps which offer opportunities for career-related learning. For example, Virtual Mentor for iOS and Android, developed by the Institute for Personal Leadership, offers opportunities to participate in video role-playing activities and to get feedback on your performance from peers.
There are many individuals and organizations offering mentoring and coaching by humans. Examples of organizations offering mentoring and coaching include Paragon One, YourEmpoweredYou, HallieCrawford.com and The Coach Connection.