Full disclosure: we at Sang Lucci use the shit out of Slack.
It’s lightweight but substantive. Simultaneously both reliable and fast. Where was Slack when I was trying to do group projects with
unaccountable douchebags *fellow Economics undergraduates at Tufts? It was nowhere to be found; but that’s ok — it’s currently worth nearly $3bn and Slack’s user acquisition curve qualifies as startup-porn.
Slack’s earlier investment round valued it just north of $1bn. Less than six months later, it’s worth nearly $3bn. Not too shabby.
On the surface, it’s a basic messaging app for small-team communication. But Stewart Butterfield, Slack CEO (and Flickr co-founder) realized early on the need for better integration with companies’ existing apps, tying in a bevy of features through integration rather than replication. Simply put, Slack lets other services — through clever integration, seamless even for a luddite like myself — do the heavy lifting. The organized messaging (individual and group) alongside file-sharing and reliable search, does the rest.
Do 750,000 daily Slack’ers justify $3,700+ of value per user? Apparently.
Slack’s team has grown from a mere sixteen people to more than 100 in one mere calendar year. Scientists are using it at the South Pole (at a legitimate neutrino observatory, whateverthehellthatis) and at art schools likely more sophisticated than most high schools. Seriously, how have you not heard of Slack before?
Actual picture of my inbox. I told you we use the shit out of Slack.
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