posted at 16:50
Author Name: Julie Bort
Stewart Butterfield Calls Slack Terrible
Slack an app that lets coworkers chat with one another has been taking the enterprise world by storm. Launched to the public in February, Slack has nabbed more 300,000 people as users, 73,000 of them paid users, and recently raised $120 million in investment, making the startup worth $1.12 billion. You'd think that its popularity would be validating to the man responsible for it, Stewart Butterfield who, prior to Slack, was best known as a cofounder of Flickr. Disclosure: The Business Insider tech team uses Slack every day. Too many layers would turn Slack into something like a Yammer. Still, Butterfield tells MIT the Slack folks are working on some things that could be awesome: the ability to "Favorite" comments, and something that helps you manage chat overload. The fact that Slack emerged almost by accident might protect it. Terfield and his then-company Tiny Speck invented Slack when they were working on a game called Glitch. So if the team continues to use Slack to communicate about building Slack, that would be a winning combination.

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