MerrionStreet.ie (@merrionstreet) May 14, 2015
Founded and based in San Francisco, the team communication platform has chosen Dublin as its European base. Job ads have already been posted, and given that its the fastest-growing B2B tech company in the world, the number of desks they take is sure to multiply. The announcement made headlines internationally – Irish premier Enda Kenny heralded their arrival – but how much do you really know about them? Heres everything you wanted to know about Slack, but were afraid to ask…
Theyre growing at a prodigious rate:
Mark Silva (@marksilva) April 21, 2015
They have a really odd, really interesting origin story:
CEO Stewart Butterfield was raised on a commune in a wood cabin without running water (read this epic Wired profile to find out more), and is known around Silicon Valley for founding Flickr, the original photo-sharing social network – acquired, many would say disastrously, by Yahoo in 2005. Flickr was invented by accident as part of a game Butterfields team were working on, called Game Neverending. The strange thing is that Slack was invented by similar means – Game Neverending metamorphosed into another game, Glitch, which somewhere along the way begat Slack.
Slack is inherently viral, and addictive:
This might just be the email killer that tech media has long prophesied. The big draw with Slack is that it integrates everything else going on on your desktop: applications like Dropbox, Google Apps, GitHub and Zendesk can all be rounded up neatly in one place. Reads and unreads are tracked, attachments are organised and stored, and theres no more hopping between windows and labyrinthine email threads. The messaging is streamlined and searchable, though the freemium model only permits up to 10,000 messages and 5GB of storage… after which youll probably be hooked and happily spend the $7 per month required to keep going anyway.
Its making workplace communication more casual:
Its all about quick-fire chats rather than formal emails. Oh, and you can easily make customised emoji – whats not to like about that?
Slack (@SlackHQ) May 14, 2015
They have a killer list of clients:
Seriously. Vox, BuzzFeed, Medium, Gawker (even though CEO Butterfield claims to hate Valleywag ), Expedia, Dow Jones, eBay, PayPal, Adobe, The Wall Street Journal, CrossFit, Pandora, Urban Outfitters, GoDaddy, LonelyPlanet, Shutterstock, Airbnb, Foursquare, Behance, HBO, (*breathes*) the list goes on .
Oh and that killer list of investors:
First it was Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Biers, and Social+Capital Partnership. Slacks second round retained all previous investors, adding Horizon Ventures, Digital Sky Technologies, Index Ventures, Spark Capital Growth and Institutional Venture Partners to the roster.
And finally.. they have BIG plans for Dublin:
Joining the list of tech giants old and new that have made Dublin their European HQ, Slack have announced plans to add over 100 new hires to their Dublin office, mainly in customer support and account management. Commenting at the announcement of their move, James Sherrett, Slacks Dublin accounts team lead, said With an initial focus on customer experience and account management, our Dublin office will play a central role in our international footprint.
The Bottom Line?
Theyre growing by the day.. Slack is big news for tech and big news for Dublins tech landscape.
To celebrate Ireland’s Yes! (and our new Dublin office) our team’s custom :pride: emoji is now a proud part of the Slack default set!
Slack (@SlackHQ) May 25, 2015