– Some basics –

Brian is a multi-skill AI assistant for consultants
and smart business professionals

  • Brian has multiple talents powered by selected digital services and data sources.

  • A few hints on how to work with him:

    • Keep your requests short and crisp

    • In each request, ask for one skill and one ‘thing’ only.
      (e.g., one company, one industry,…)

  • He delivers within 3 minutes, 24/7.

  • Enjoy!

– Brian’s skills –

Video

Check the video tutorial explaining how this amazing skill works!

Click-to-Ask

One click drafts your next email to Brian using you default email address

Click-to-Teams

One click opens your Microsoft Teams and drafts your next request to Brian you can customize

– Skill details –

– Skill details –

Brian translates your pptx, docx, and xlsx files from/to 100 languages within 3 minutes while keeping the formatting!

Translate File

Watch the cool video, how it works

Translate File

Covered languages

Brian translates MS Office files to more than 100 languages. Brian basically translates files to all currently spoken languages.

Please consider that the translation quality depends on the language pair, wording, and content domain.

Currently Brian supports your translations from / to the following langauges: Afrikaans (af), Amharic (am), Arabic (ar), Azeerbaijani (az), Belarusian (be), Bulgarian (bg), Bengali (bn), Bosnian (bs), Catalan (ca), Cebuano (ceb), Corsican (co), Czech (cs), Welsh (cy), Danish (da), German (de), Greek (el), English (en), British English (en-gb), US English (en-us), Esperanto (eo), Spanish (es), Estonian (et), Basque (eu), Persian (fa), Finnish (fi), French (fr), Frisian (fy), Irish (ga), Scots Gaelic (gd), Galician (gl), Gujarati (gu), Hausa (ha), Hawaiian (haw), Hindi (hi), Hmong (hmn), Croatian (hr), Haitian Creole (ht), Hungarian (hu), Armenian (hy), Indonesian (id), Igbo (ig), Icelandic (is), Italian (it), Hebrew (iw), Japanese (ja), Javanese (jw), Georgian (ka), Kazakh (kk), Khmer (km), Kannada (kn), Korean (ko), Kurdish (ku), Kyrgyz (ky), Latin (la), Luxembourgish (lb), Lao (lo), Lithuanian (lt), Latvian (lv), Malagasy (mg), Maori (mi), Macedonian (mk), Malayalam (ml), Mongolian (mn), Marathi (mr), Malay (ms), Maltese (mt), Burmese (my), Nepali (ne), Dutch (nl), Norwegian (no), Nyanja (ny), Punjabi (pa), Polish (pl), Pashto (ps), Portuguese (pt), Romanian (ro), Russian (ru), Sindhi (sd), Sinhala (si), Slovak (sk), Slovenian (sl), Samoan (sm), Shona (sn), Somali (so), Albanian (sq), Serbian (sr), Sesotho (st), Sundanese (su), Swedish (sv), Swahili (sw), Tamil (ta), Telugu (te), Tajik (tg), Thai (th), Tagalog (tl), Turkish (tr), Ukrainian (uk), Urdu (ur), Uzbek (uz), Vietnamese (vi), Xhosa (xh), Yiddish (yi), Yoruba (yo), Chinese (zh-CN), Traditional Chinese (zh-TW), Zulu (zu)

Translate File

Source

The translation from/to the following languages is performed by DeepL: Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian.

The translation from/to all other languages is performed by Google Translate.

If you don’t state the source language, language detection and translation might be performed by Google Translate.

Translate File

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • The translation works also if you don’t name the source language, but this might have a negative impact on the translation quality.
  • If you don’t mention the target language, your file will be translated into English.
  • Please attach one document only. If you need the same file translated to multiple languages, send Brian multiple emails.
  • Files having characters like % \ / : * ? ” < > | # in their file names are not supported on MS Teams.
  • Brian translates files up to 20 MB – so split your file, if necessary.
  • Sometimes there are pictures in the files causing trouble – usually, these are the pictures on the title slide and other weird pictures. You can split the file then or delete the pictures.
  • We reserve the right to restrict access to Brian in case of excessive requests.
Translate File

Make it CUSTOM!

We are able to customize your translation depending on your specific corporate terminology! This is really exciting! Let us talk!

Translate File

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You can ask Brian to convert files from PDF (native and scanned), PNG or JPG into all MS Office formats!

Supported formats

  • Input formats: pdf, png, jpg, jpeg, tif, gif
  • Output formats: docx, xlsx, pptx
  • Note: If you do not provide the output format, Brian converts the files to MS Word.
PDF+ to MS Office

Covered languages

The quality of the file conversion also depends on the language of the original document. Basically, all main languages are supported.

If you do not specify the language of the file, Brian assumes English, German or French.

PDF+ to MS Office

Source

  • In case of native PDFs (created digitally) the conversion is executed by a library running on our servers.
  • In case of scanned PDFs (using Optical Character Recognition – OCR) the provider is ABBYY.
PDF+ to MS Office

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • The conversion works also if you don’t name the source language, but this might have a negative impact on the conversion quality.
  • Please attach one document only.
  • Please ensure sufficient contrast of the file – also slight differences might have a larger impact.
  • Files having characters like % \ / : * ? ” < > | # in their file names are not supported on MS Teams.
  • Brian converts files up to 20 MB – so split your file, if necessary.

  • We reserve the right to restrict access to Brian in case of excessive use.

PDF+ to MS Office

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Brian converts your PDF (native and scanned), PNG, JPG files into any Microsoft Office format and translates it in one step!

Supported formats

  • Input formats: pdf, png, jpg, jpeg, tif, gif
  • Output formats: docx, xlsx, pptx
  • Note: if you do not provide the output format, Brian converts the files to MS Word.
File conversion and translation

Covered languages

Brian translates MS Office files to more than 100 languages…  We are not going to list them all here but basically, Brian translates files to all currently spoken languages.

Please consider that the translation quality depends on the language pair, wording, and content domain.

File conversion and translation

Source

Conversion:

  • The actual Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is provided by ABBYY.

Translation:

  • The translation from/to the following languages is performed by Deepl: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Russian.
  • The translation from/to all other languages is performed by Google Translate.
  • If you don’t state the source language, language detection and translation might be performed by Google Translate.
File conversion and translation

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • The translation works also if you don’t name the source language, but this might have a negative impact on the translation quality.
  • If you don’t mention the target language, your file will be translated into English.
  • Please attach one document only. If you need the same file translated to multiple languages, send Brian multiple emails.
  • Files having characters like % \ / : * ? ” < > | # in their file names are not supported on MS Teams.
  • Brian translates files up to 10 MB – so split your file, if necessary.
  • Sometimes there are pictures in the files causing trouble – usually, these are the pictures on the title slide and other weird pictures – you can split the file then or delete the pictures.
  • We reserve the right to restrict access to Brian in case of excessive use.
File conversion and translation

Make it CUSTOM!

We are able to customize your translation depending on your specific corporate terminology! This is really exciting! Let us talk!

File conversion and translation

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Brian transcribes your audio and video recordings to MS Word within minutes!

Supported formats

Brian transribes the following audio and video files: mp3, m4a, amr and mp4 up to 20MB.

The transcription is always a simple Word file.

Transcribe

Covered languages

Brian transcribes audio and video files from more than 130 language-country-combinations which you can find here.

Please consider that the transcription quality depends on the audio/video language-country pair, content domain and audio/video clarity/quality.

Transcribe

Specific recording situations

If you want to reach the best result possible, specify also the situation of the recording. Currently the following two specific settings are possible. If you don’t provide the situation, the default language model will be used. The situations you can (but don’t have to) specify:

  • Phone call
  • Video
Transcribe

Source

  • The actual transcription is performed by a professional GCP speech-to-text service.
Transcribe

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • The transcription works only if you provide the language of audio/video file.
  • Please attach one audio/video file only in the mail. If you need transcription of multiple files, send Brian multiple emails or messages.
  • Files having characters like % \ / : * ? ” < > | # in their file names are not supported on MS Teams.
  • Brian transcribes files up to 20 MB – so split your file, if necessary.
  • The transcription quality will depend on the audio/video language-country pair, content domain and audio/video clarity/quality.
Transcribe

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Brian helps you to ‘erase’ sensitive content in powerpoint and word files before you share and/or archive them!

Document management
File sanitization

What Brian sanitizes

  • Brian sanitizes MS Powerpoint (pptx) and MS Word documents (docx)
  • A user can select the ‘Elements’ he/she wants to get sanitized in the document
  • In case the user does not specify the ‘Elements’, the ‘Default sanitization’ with pre-selected ‘Elements’ is delivered
  • Refer below table for ‘Elements’ supported/sanitized in case of MS Powerpoint (pptx), MS Word (docx) and Default sanitization
File sanitization

Source

When sanitizing documents, no information is leaving our infrastructure – this skill is performed internally by Brian.

File sanitization

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Struggling with pdfs? Brian can shrink the size of pdf files, delete pages, extract pages or protect the file for you!

Supported operations

  • In order to send a big presentation per mail you can shrink the size of your pdf by up to 70 %
  • You can split one pdf into two parts – You will get back two seperate files
  • You can merge up to three pdfs into one file – Keep the file size in mind though
  • You can rotate your pdf clockwise in order to make it more readible
  • You can extract important pages – Brian will send you the extract back
  • You can delete pages – You will receive the pdf back without these
  • You can encrypt the pdf with a password to make it secure – Brian will send you the password along with the encrypted file
PDF acrobatics

Source

We conduct all PDF acrobatics operations with our own algorythms. Your data never leaves our company – be assured that we handle your data confidently.

PDF acrobatics

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– Skill details –

Brian now provides analyses of over 32 million privately held companies from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain and UK including key executives and financials!

Private Company Analysis

Data coverage

Brian provides high quality information for privately held companies from Germany (D), Switzerland (CH), UK, France, Spain and Austria. Check here the companies covered. The data for Germany based companies includes the most pieces of information. Brian provides basically the following clusters of information depending on availability of data:

  • Business information: This sheet contains business intelligence data (location, industry, financial commentary, key officers…).
  • Relations: This sheet contains all the available data for relations with other people and companies.
  • Key financials: This sheet contains standardized key financials, some of which may be estimated.
  • P&L as reported: This sheet contains the profit and loss statement as reported by the company (not necessarily comparable with other companies).
  • Assets as reported: This sheet contains the assets (balance sheet) as reported by the company (not necessarily comparable with other companies).

Equity and Liabilities as reported: This sheet contains the Equity and Liabilities (Balance sheet) as reported by the company (not necessarily comparable with other companies).

Private Company Analysis

Covered companies

Currently Brian can share private companies’ intelligence for following number of companies in these countries

  • Germany: approx. 4,000,000 companies
  • Switzerland: approx. 1,000,000 companies
  • United Kingdom: approx. 9,340,000 companies
  • France: approx. 16,000,000 companies
  • Spain: approx. 3,700,000 companies
  • Austria: approx. 600,000 companies

Use this page to search the company of your interest and draft your next Brian request with one simple click!

Private Company Analysis

Source

  • The data is consolidated and provided by North Data, Hamburg, Germany
  • The data originates from the official registers in the particular countries. In Germany it is e.g. Handelsregister, Bundesanzeiger and Insolvenzregister…
Private Company Analysis

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • If you can’t find the company you are searching for, please consider the scope mentioned above.
  • If you want to search for a company you can not find via Brian, try to find it using the free service of North Data: https://www.northdata.com/ and ask Brian then for all the details
  • The “As reported” information is sometimes quite unstructured – this is something we can not improve
Private Company Analysis

Make it CUSTOM!

We are able to customize the look and feel of the Private Company Analysis according to your specific corporate identity = put the research results in your templates! This is really exciting! Let’s talk!

Private Company Analysis

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Analyzing a company? Brian provides detailed analyses of 50,000 publicly traded companies with over 1,000 data points in xlsx and pptx!

Public Company Analysis

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Public Company Analysis

Data coverage

Brian provides an X-ray with over 1,000 data points for each publicly-traded company. This is the basic structure of Brian’s analysis:

  • Insights: This sheet contains business intelligence data (industry, financial commentary, key officers,…) as well as 140 structured ratios for the company.
  • Annuals: This sheet contains all the data available for the particular company based on the company’s P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow statement as reported.
  • Quarters: This sheet contains the last 5 quarters’ data for the particular company including the data for the latest quarter based on the company’s P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow statements as reported.
Public Company Analysis

Covered companies

I cover 50,000 publicly traded companies! You can ask for Tesla, Apple, Samsung… whatever public company comes to mind!

If you want to know which companies are included, please check the complete list here.

Public Company Analysis

Source

  • The data is provided by Refinitiv (formerly known as Thomson Reuters)
  • Copyright © 2018, Refinitiv. All rights reserved. Use, duplication, or sale of this service or the data contained therein, except as described in the AskBrian terms of use, is strictly prohibited.
  • The REFINITIV Kinesis logo and REFINITIV are trademarks of Refinitiv and its affiliates in the United States and other countries and are used here under license.
Public Company Analysis

Examples

Public Company Analysis

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • I cover 50,000 publicly traded companies only – so if you get no results, maybe your company is a private one?
  • When searching for company data, I need the exact company name, so please check if there were some typos in your request.
  • If you want to know what companies I cover, please check the complete list here.
Public Company Analysis

Make it CUSTOM!

We are able to customize the look and feel of the Public Company Analysis according to your specific corporate identity = put the research results in your templates! This is really exciting! Let’s talk!

Public Company Analysis

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Do you want to compare a company with its peers? Brian compares your chosen company with selected competitors and provides a detailed analysis within three minutes!

Peers Analysis

Data coverage

Brian provides peer analysis for over 50,000 publicly traded companies and private companies from Germany.

For a public company the peer analysis provides 70+ KPIs benchmarked against 15 of its peers. The results contain:

  • The analysis: This sheet contains 9 structured tables for each business aspect (growth, operating efficiency, financial stability) and one customizable table where you can pick and choose the KPIs you would like to compare.
  • Peers list: The analysis contains up to 100 relevant competitors of the focus company including country, industry tree – attribution and latest market capitalization of each company.
  • KPI definitions: Each of the KPIs is clearly defined so there is no doubt how these numbers are calculated.

For a private company the peer analysis provides ~20 KPIs including key financial ratios, select numbers from P&L and balance sheet compared against its 45 peers.

Peers Analysis

Covered companies

Brian covers over 50,000 publicly traded companies and all private companies from Germany!

Please check the list of covered public companies here and private companies here.

Peers Analysis

Source

  • The data is provided by Refinitiv (formerly known as Thomson Reuters).
  • North Data is the source for Private companies.
Peers Analysis

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • I cover over 50,000 publicly traded companies and private companies from Germany only – so if you get no results, maybe your company is a private one from outside Germany.
  • If you want to know what companies I cover, Please check the list of public companies here and private companies here.
Peers Analysis

Make it CUSTOM!

We are able to customize the look and feel of the Peers Analysis according to your specific corporate identity = put the research results in your templates! This is really exciting! Let’s talk!

Peers Analysis

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Brian can compile a list of companies operating in one of 800 industries and 130 countries with details like market capitalization!

Top Companies List

Skill coverage

You can ask for a list of top companies (according to market capitalization) in a particular industry or in a particular country or for a list combining those two criteria. In result you get up to 10,000 companies – out of over 50,000 public companies around the world.

The list contains the following information:

  • ID: Allowing you to ask for a detailed analysis or peer analysis.
  • Company name: Legal name of the ultimate parent company.
  • Industry: Industry tree representing the main focus of the company.
  • Country: Country where the country is headquartered.
  • Market cap: Current market capitalization of the company in USD.
  • Click-to-Ask links: Allowing you to ask for a company analysis or a peer analysis with one click only.
Top Companies List

Covered companies

Brian covers 50,000 publicly traded companies! You can ask for Tesla, Apple, Samsung… whatever public company comes to mind!

If you want to know which companies are included, please check the complete list here.

Top Companies List

Source

  • The data is provided by Refinitiv (formerly known as Thomson Reuters).
  • Copyright © 2018, Refinitiv. All rights reserved. Use, duplication, or sale of this service or the data contained therein, except as described in the AskBrian terms of use, is strictly prohibited.
  • The REFINITIV Kinesis logo and REFINITIV are trademarks of Refinitiv and its affiliates in the United States and other countries and are used here under license.
Top Companies List

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • Brian covers over 50,000 publicly traded companies only
  • When searching for company data, I need the exact company name, so please check if there were some typos in your request.
  • If you want to know what companies I cover, please check the complete list here.
Top Companies List

Make it CUSTOM!

We are able to customize the look and feel of the Top Companies List according to your specific corporate identity = put the research results in your templates! This is really exciting! Let’s talk!

Top Companies List

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Do you want to get latest news on companies, industries, topics or countries? Brian provides you top and latest stories on these really quick!

Data coverage

Brian provides news on 450,000 companies, all major industries and 22 topics (like M&A, leadership change, funding etc.) globally.

Please check the name of companies, topics, industries and countries here.

News

Source

The News are provided by Contify which aggregates information from 200,000 sources including online news, company websites, social media and regulatory portals, review websites and more.

News

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • If you get no results, maybe your requested company, topic, industry or region is not covered or there is no recent news for your request currently.
  • Please check the names of companies, topics, industries and countries here.
  • If you do not get relevant stories, maybe trying with a changed request can help.
News

Make it CUSTOM!

We are able to customize the news results based on your requirements and share them daily! This is really exciting! Let’s talk!

News

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Are you searching for industrial benchmarks? You can ask Brian for a flexible industry report comprising 80 KPIs for 100 industries!

Covered industries

Brian knows 100 industries from 18 clusters (here you find an interactive list):

  • Auto: Auto & Truck, Auto Parts, Rubber & Tires, Retail Automotive
  • Business Services: Advertising, Business & Consumer Services, Environmental & Waste Services
  • Construction: Construction, Building Materials, Construction Supplies, Homebuilding
  • Consumer goods: Consumer Electronics, Apparel, Furnishing, Household Products, Shoe, Tobacco
  • Financial Institutions: Banks, General insurance, Asset Management, Brokerage & Investment Banking, Life Insurance, Other Financial Services, Property Insurance, Regional Banks, Reinsurance
  • Food & Drink: Alcoholic Beverages, Food, Soft Beverages
  • Healthcare: Healthcare Products, Healthcare Services, Healthcare Technology, Hospitals
  • IT: Computer, Computer Services, Entertainment software, Information Services, Internet Software, IT Systems and Applications, Semiconductor, Semiconductor Equipment
  • Logistics: Transportation, Air Transport, Packaging & Container, Rail Transportation, Trucking
  • Materials: Steel, Metals & Mining, Precious Metals,
  • Mechanical Engineering: Diversified, General Electronics, Aerospace & Defense, Electrical Equipment, Machinery, Shipbuilding & Marine
  • Media: Broadcasting, Cable TV, Entertainment, Publishing & Newspapers
  • Pharma and Chemicals: Diversified Chemical, Pharma, Biotech, Basic Chemical, Specialty Chemical, Agriculture,
  • Real Estate: General Real Estate, R.E.I.T., Real Estate Development, Real Estate Services
  • Retail: Retail General, Retail Online, Food Wholesalers, Retail Building Supply, Retail Distributors, Retail Grocery and Food, Retail Special Lines
  • Telecom: Telecom Services, Telecom Equipment, Wireless Telecom
  • Tourism: Hotel, Recreation, Restaurant
  • Utilities and Energy: Green Energy, Power, Coal & Related Energy, General Utilities, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas Distribution, Oil & Gas Production and Exploration, Oilfield Services & Equipment, Water Utilities
  • Others: Education, Office Equipment & Services, Paper & Forest Products, All Sectors, Total Market Excl Financial Services
Industry report

Covered indicators

Brian knows 80 indicators from 8 clusters:

  • Operative Efficiency: Gross Margin, SG&A / Sales, COGS / Sales, Net Income / Sales, After-Tax Operating Margin, EBITDA / Sales, EBITDAR&D / Sales, EBITDASG&A / Sales, Lease Expense / Sales, Margin After-Tax Lease & R&D adj, Margin After-Tax Lease Adj, Market Cap / Net Income, Pre-Tax Lease & R&D Adj Margin, Pre-Tax Lease Adjusted Margin, Pre-Tax Operating Margin, Pre-Tax Operating Margin Unadjusted, Pre-Tax Pre-Stock Compensation Operating Margin, R&D / Sales, Stock-Based Compensation / Sales, Tax Rate
  • Growth: Expected Sales Growth 2Y, Expected EPS Growth 5Y, Revenues Growth 5Y, Net Income Growth 5Y
  • Capital Efficiency: Sales / Capital, ROCE, Capital Expenditures / Depreciation, Capital Spending / Total Assets, Net CapEx / EBIT After-Tax, Net CapEx / Sales, Net PP&E / Total Assets, ROE, ROE – COE, Value Spread
  • NWC: DIO, DPO, DSO, Inventory / Sales, Non-Cash WC / Sales, Payables / Sales, Receivables / Sales
  • Multiples: EV / EBIT, EV / Sales, Cash / EV, EBITDA / EV, EV / EBIT After-Tax, EV / EBITDA, EV / EBITDA R&D, EV / Invested Capital, Forward Price Earnings Ratio, Market Cap / Trailing Net Income, PEG Ratio, Price / Sales, Price Earnings Ratio, Price to Book Ratio, Trailing PE
  • Capital structure: Debt / Capital at Book Value, Debt / Capital at Market Value, Debt / Debt Unadjusted, Debt / Equity, Debt / Equity Unadjusted, Equity / Capital at Market Value, Institutional Holdings
  • Cost of Capital: WACC, After-Tax Cost of Debt, Cost of Equity, Pre-Tax Cost of Debt,
  • Risk: Beta, Unlevered Beta, HiLoRisk, Standard Stock Deviation, Unlevered Beta Corrected for Cash
Industry report

Trouble?

If Brian does not deliver, what you expect, consider the following:

  • If he doesn’t know the industry, Brian provides an Excel file where you can find the most relevant industry and adjust it in cell C4.
  • Hint: If you are not sure about the industry, just check the Peer list for relevant companies and to which industry/industries are these allocated to.
Industry report

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Brian helps you overcome business challenges by providing over 125 methods with detailed instructions!

Consulting Methods

How it works

Scenario A: Ask for methods overview

If you would know which methods and challenges the tools cover, just ask for a methods overview.

What you get is a comprehensive overview of all methods and challenges this skill covers.

Scenario B: Ask for help with a challenge

If you do not know which method you should use, just ask for methods helping you with a certain project challenge, e.g.: „What idea generation methods do you know?”

What you get is an overview of all consulting methods helping you to generate new ideas.

Scenario C: Ask for a method

If you know which method you want to use, but you do not know how – just ask for all the details related to the particular method, e.g.: „How can I use the Fishbowl method?“

What you get is a PowerPoint presentation and a Word file. The PowerPoint presentation contains an empty and a pre-filled template to use this method as well as an overview of related methods. The Word file contains a detailed assessment and ‘how to’ guidance when applying this method.

Consulting Methods

Covered challenges

Currently Brian provides methods for 18 challenges:

Consulting Methods

Covered methods

Currently Brian provides details for using more than 125 methods:

Consulting Methods

Source

This skill is powered by consulting-life.de. Here you find even more amazing content.

Consulting Methods

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– Skill details –

Do you need cool icons to increase the attractiveness of your presentation? Brian can send you 50 alternatives for thousands of topics!

Covered topics

  • Brian provides icons for thousands of topics.
  • Please use one (“efficiency”) or maximum two words (e.g., “full moon”).
  • You can specify the basic color of the icons.
Custom icon sets

Trouble? 

If Brian does not deliver what you expect, consider the following:

  • Please consider that there are thousands of topics covered, but there are not icons for every subject imaginable.
  • Please ask for a maximum of 5 icon sets per request only. If you need icons for more topics, send Brian multiple emails.
  • Brian provides the custom icon sets in PNG format on a PowerPoint slide that you can adjust in size and color.
  • The 3,000 icons in the basic icon selections are formatted in EMF – allowing to adjust the shape of the icons too.
  • We reserve the right to restrict access to Brian in case of excessive use.
Custom icon sets

Make it CUSTOM

We are able to customize your icon set depending on your specific corporate design! Let’s talk!

Custom icon sets

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Do you want to get High quality royalty free photos? Brian provides you with the perfect pictures every time really quickly!

Pictures

Your challenge Brian solves with this skill

In order to make your message stick, it is always a good idea to emphasize your statement with a picture – making your story more emotional and personal or just to provide a glimps of luxury to it. But where to get hiqh quality license free pictures from! Now you know, just ask Brian “Send me pictures of …”:)

Pictures

Scope and source

Brian shares regular and AI-generated pictures which are clearly marked in the result   

  1. Regular pictures on hundred thousands of topics are powered by Pexels – which maintains a huge library of millions of photos, growing further each day and
  2. AI-generated pictures are powered by Stable Diffusion – a powerful image-generating system further developed by Stability AI
Pictures

Your options and restrictions

Our Pictures are powered by Pexels, giving credit to the photographer or Pexels is not necessary but always appreciated. However, we kindly request you to keep these restrictions in mind while using Pictures received from Brian:

  • Identifiable people may not appear in a bad light or in a way that is offensive
  • Don’t sell unaltered copies of a photo without modifying it first

  • Don’t imply endorsement of your product by people or brands on the imagery
  • Don’t redistribute or sell the photos on other stock photo platforms

Pictures

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • Sometimes you may get no pictures or poor quality pictures for your request because of 
    • Pexels does not have them for your topic currently or 
    • low quality of AI-generated pictures

In those cases, you can try to get photos for other topics

  • In case of no custom topic provided – you will get beautiful workplace pictures as default
  • Kindly ask photos only for one custom topic per mail/message, If you need photos on multiple topics, please ask Brian multiple times
Pictures

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Do you need cool templates for your PowerPoint presentation? Brian can send you one of 49 topic related packages with 20-40 slide templates each!

Covered areas

Slide templates

Trouble? 

If Brian does not deliver what you expect, consider the following:

  • We are continuously adding new template collections.
  • Ask for templates for one topic. If you need icons for more topics, send Brian multiple emails.
  • We reserve the right to restrict access to Brian in case of excessive use.
Custom icon sets

Make it CUSTOM

We are able to customize the templates according to your corporate design! Let us talk!

Custom icon sets

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– Skill details –

Introduction to Brian’s next level skills powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3: Creating skills you have never seen before

Intro to Next Level Skills

Gated access to this skill family

These skills is very special, therefore you need to do one extra step in order to get the access to this unique functionalities.

Why these skills are very special:
1.) The questions are processed in US (compared to all other skills being processed in Germany / EU)
2.) The answers you get are not necessarily factually correct
3.) The skills is very broad – the requests potentially interfere with other skills

What you need to do to use these skills via MS Teams  (recommended, because it is faster and more fun) and Email:
1.) Just ask for one of the skills
2.) When you ask for one of the ‘Next Level’ skills for the first time, you will be asked to confirm that you are aware, what you are doing by writing “I agree” (you are aware you talk to AI, the answers are not necessarily factual, your questions are processed in US)
3.) After you confirmed, you can ask your question again. Your access to all ‘Next Level’ skills remains open. If you would like to reverse your access to this skill family please contact our support

Intro to Next Level Skills

Scope and Outlook

Skills of the skill family are just unbelievable, but please be aware of the limitations:
– The answers are not necessarily factually correct!
– Data the model has is data from end of 2019 (it does not know Covid-19 nor latest news)
– Check the disclaimer below for further information

We are very excited about this technology and we plan to add more skills powered by this technology. This is just the beginning. If you have a special use case for your company, let us work on this together and contact us now.

Intro to Next Level Skills

Source

Brian’s ‘Next Level’ skills are powered by GPT-3 from OpenAI. GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3) is an autoregressive language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text, created by OpenAI, an AI research laboratory. The quality of the text generated by GPT-3 is so high that it can be difficult to determine whether or not it was written by a human. GPT-3’s full version has a capacity of 195 billion machine learning parameters.

Intro to Next Level Skills

Disclaimer and data processing in USA

Kindly note the Brian’s ‘Next Level’ skill responses (powered by GPT-3) are processed in US therefore users are strongly advised not to share personal data while using this particular skills. Please also note the answers provided here might not be right. We reserve the right to restrict access to Brian in case of excessive or negative requests. By using Brian’s ‘Next Level’ skills, you are accepting the Privacy policy and Terms of OpenAI.

Intro to Next Level Skills

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GPT-3 from OpenAI is currently the most capable AI language model in the world – Via Brian, you can now ‘Ask Anything’!

Ask Anything

Watch the cool video, how it works

Ask Anything

Scope

You can ASK ANYTHING! But please be aware of the limitations:
– The answer is not necessarily right!
– Data the model has is from end of 2019 (it does not know Covid-19 nor latest news)
– Check the Introduction to Next Level skills above for further information

Ask Anything

Source

Brian’s Q&A skill is powered by GPT-3 from OpenAI. GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3) is an autoregressive language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text, created by OpenAI, an AI research laboratory. The quality of the text generated by GPT-3 is so high that it can be difficult to determine whether or not it was written by a human. GPT-3’s full version has a capacity of 195 billion machine learning parameters.

Ask Anything

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • Ask question which is rooted in truth, a question which is nonsense, trickery or has no clear answer you will get answer with “unknown”.
  • Please ask one question per query only. If you need answers for multiple questions, ask Brian multiple times
  • If Brian tells you he does not understand, please make sure, your GPT-3 Access is still open (see above)
  • We reserve the right to restrict access to Brian in case of excessive requests
Ask Anything

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One click on the CLICK-TO-ASK icon
drafts your ‘Ask Anything’ request.
It’s so simple!

Ask Brian drafts 2 x 5 key points for any topic or action title, powered by the most capable AI language model in the world spiced up with with matching pictures!

Draft bullets

Watch the cool video, how it works

Draft bullets

Your challenge which Brian solves with this skill

When creating presentations, project plans or proposals, you often need to provide some more ‘meat to the bones‘ – you need to explain what are the key points behind your core message. Formulating ‘Bullets’ for a key statement requires knowledge, experience and also creativity. Brian is able to provide some inspiration. You can ask Brian for bullets a) to have a kind of starting point or b) if you already have some points but you would like to add some more aspects.

We believe, the skill is super helpful especially when writing proposals and providing qualitative sub-aspects.

Draft bullets

Scope

You can ask Brian to “Draft bullets” for any topic. But please be aware of the limitations:
– The answer is not necessarily right!
– Data the model has is from end of 2019
– Check the INTRODUCTION to Next Level Skills above for further information

Draft bullets

Source

The content for Brian’s ‘Draft Bullets’ skill is powered by GPT-3 from OpenAI. GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3) is an autoregressive language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text, created by OpenAI, an AI research laboratory. The quality of the text generated by GPT-3 is so high that it can be difficult to determine whether or not it was written by a human. GPT-3’s full version has a capacity of 195 billion machine learning parameters.

And the Pictures in the slides are sourced from Pexels, which maintains a huge library of millions of high quality photos on diverse topics.

Draft bullets

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • Please ask one question per query only. If you need bullets for multiple questions, ask Brian multiple times
  • Ask for drafting bullets on meaningful topics; a topic which is nonsense, trickery or has no clear meaning you will get an answer with “unknown”
  • We reserve the right to restrict access to Brian in case of excessive requests
Draft bullets

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drafts your request.
It’s so simple!

Brainstorm on ‘any topic’ with Brian! Amazing! The ideas you get are generated by GPT-3 from OpenAI, with knowledge of millions of books and ‘the internet’!

Brainstorm

Watch the cool video, how it works

Brainstorm

Your challenge which Brian solves with this skill

Many times, Consultants and business professionals are required to come up with valuable ideas on topics which can be completely new and unheard of. Brainstorming on topics requires in-depth knowledge, a great deal of expertise and ability to articulate. So here is a buddy – who have knowledge of internet and have read millions of books, available 24/7, with whom you can brainstorm quickly on any topic you can imagine.

We believe the skill is super helpful especially if:

a) You are dealing with a completely new topic or challenge
b) You already have some ideas but would like to add some more

Brainstorm

Scope

You can ask Brian to “Brainstorm” about any topic. But please be aware of the limitations:
– The answer is not necessarily right!
– Data the model has is from end of 2019
– Check the INTRODUCTION to Next Level Skills above for further information

Brainstorm

Source

The content for Brian’s ‘Brainstorm’ skill is powered by GPT-3 from OpenAI. GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3) is an autoregressive language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text, created by OpenAI, an AI research laboratory. The quality of the text generated by GPT-3 is so high that it can be difficult to determine whether or not it was written by a human. GPT-3’s full version has a capacity of 195 billion machine learning parameters.

Brainstorm

Trouble?

For troubleshooting, consider the following:

  • Please ask ideas for one topic per query only
  • Ask for brainstorm on meaningful topics; a topic which is nonsense, trickery or has no clear meaning you will get an answer with “unknown”
  • We reserve the right to restrict access to Brian in case of excessive requests
Brainstorm

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drafts your request.
It’s so simple!

– The Superoverview –

Finally, here you find an aggregated overview (as PDF) of all the skills of Brian including an exemplary formulation for each of those.

You can customize the highlighted elements accroding your needs and scope of Brian.

One click on ‘Click’ will draft your next email to Brian using your default email address.

One click on ‘Check’ will lead you to the details for this skill such as covered languages, companies, industries etc.
We hope, this will help you to generate maximum value out of Brian.

– STAY TUNED –

– Some Easter Eggs –

Brian gives you in-depth information about all business models and industries, complete with exemplary companies!

Business Models

How it works

Scenario A: Ask for a business models overview

If you would know which business models are out there, just ask for the business models overview.

What you get is a comprehensive overview of all business models, industries and case studies this skill covers.

Scenario B: Ask for a business model

If you are interested in a particular business model, just ask something like: „What do you know about the Add-on business model?“

What you get is a description of the business model, some concrete business case studies and an overview of co-occuring business models.

Scenario C: Ask about business models in an industry

If you are interested in the prevailing business models in a particular industry, just ask something like: „What business models are used in the Automotive industry?“

What you get is a short description of the industry, an overview of the most prominent case studies and a statistics about the most common business models in the particular industry.

Scenario D: Ask for a particular case study

If you are interested in a concrete company, just ask something like:„What is the business model of LinkedIn?“

What you get is a short description of the company, overview of the applied business models and an explanation of ‘how they do it’.

Business Models

Covered business models

Currently Brian provides information about 60 business models:

Business Models

Covered industries

Currently Brian provides details about the business models in 20 industries:

Business Models

Covered case studies

Currently Brian provides more than 100 concrete case studies:

Business Models

Source

This skill is powered by bmilab.com. Ask BMI Lab for even mor amazing content!

Business Models

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drafts your next (or first?) business model request to Brian.
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Especially in times of Corona, we thought it might be helpful to have a source of jokes. Brian provides some.

How it works

The logic:

You just ask Brian for a joke. That’s it.

In context:

After Brian has sent you one joke, you can ask for “another one”. You can ask him as many times as you want.

Jokes

Disclaimer 

We are using multiple sources for these jokes. Note that we do not validate the individual jokes, so sometimes the jokes might be inappropriate – please excuse this. Jokes ‘made’ by Brian don’t reflect our values and what we find is right.

Jokes

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Helpful especially on the go. Ask Brian via email to convert MS Office files to PDF!

Rationale

Some clients wonder why we have built this skill as, on a PC, you can easily convert any file to PDF.

The basic use case is converting MS Files on the go – when you only have access to your mobile phone and you want:

a) To view the files without any changes/difficulties with formatting – especially in the case of PowerPoint and Excel.

b) To share a MS Office file with someone, but as a PDF version only.

…and we have built it because Brian was asked for such conversions before. We are actively listening to our users’ feedback and needs.

MS Office to PDF

Supported formats

  • Input formats: docx, xlsx, pptx
  • Output formats: pdf
  • Note: we are considering to create secure PDFs as well. If this is relevant for you, let us know!
MS Office to PDF

Source

  • This skill is completely performed by Brian/via our infrastructure.
MS Office to PDF

Trouble?

  • With this skill, we did not experience any troubles so far.
  • Maybe just a hint: If you dislike the PDF version of your Excel file, you will need to adjust the print settings – the PDF ‘printout’ looks exactly like the physical printout would look like.
MS Office to PDF

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It’s so simple!

Brian provides a structured excel dashboard comprising 65+ for more than 200 countries from CIA and further sources!

Covered indicators

The indicators are structured in

  • PEOPLE AND SOCIETY: Population, Median age, Population growth rate, Birth rate, Death rate, Net migration rate, Maternal mortality rate, Infant mortality rate, Life expectancy at birth, Total fertility rate, HIV adult prevalence rate, HIV people living with, HIV deaths, Obesity adult prevalence rate, Children under 5Y underweight, Education expenditures, Unemployment youth ages
  • ECONOMY: GDP purchasing power parity, GDP real growth rate, GDP PPP per capita, Gross national saving, Industrial production growth, Labor force, Unemployment rate, Taxes and other revenues, Budget surplus or deficit, Public debt, Inflation rate consumer prices, Current account balance, Exports, Imports, Reserves of FX and gold, Debt external
  • ENERGY: Electricity production, Electricity consumption, Electricity exports, Electricity imports, Electricity installed capacity, Electricity from fossil fuels, Electricity from nuclear fuels, Electricity from hydro, Electricity from other renewables, Crude oil production, Crude oil exports, Crude oil imports, Crude oil proved reserves, Petroleum products production, Petroleum products consumption, Petroleum products exports, Petroleum products imports, Natural gas production, Natural gas consumption, Natural gas exports, Natural gas imports, Natural gas proved reserves, Emissions from energy consumption
  • COMMUNICATION: Telephones fixed lines, Telephones mobile cellular, Internet users, Broadband fixed subscriptions
  • TRANSPORTATION: Airports, Railways, Roadways, Waterways, Merchant marine
  • OTHER: Military expenditures, Area
Country facts

Covered countries

While the main indicators are existing for up to 238 countries, some of the indicators are available for key 150 countries. The larger and more relevant the country, the larger data set is available for the country.

Country facts

Sources

CIA as of April 2020. We are adding International Monetary fund numbers soon.

Country facts

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Brian can send you the flags of 260 countries in three alternative looks!

Covered countries

The flag collection includes all countries in the world, including country clusters such as the European Union.

Country flags

Make it CUSTOM

We are able to customize the templates according to your corporate design! Let us talk!

Country flags

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Brian tells you 5 different tax rates for 175 countries.

Covered tax rates

  • Corporate tax rate
  • Individual income tax rate
  • Indirect tax rate
  • Employer social security tax
  • Employee social security tax
Tax rates

Covered countries

Basically all countries you should need are covered. In order to increase the usability, Brian understands also multiple synonyms for the countries – you will get the right answer no matter if you say e.g. USA or United States.

Tax rates

Sources

KPMG tax report as of April 2020.

Tax rates

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