Entrepreneur, Slack co-founder
Date of birth: 1973
Place of birth: Canada
Position: Co-founder at Slack
Slack is a messaging app for corporate use. Its beta version was launched in 2013. In February 2014 the app was released officially. According to the official sources, these days, over 1 million people use Slack. This leap forward has made the messaging app the most fast-expanding business project in history.
Slack has got the reputation of an app that is “killing Skype and e-mail”. In early 2014, the company had only 16 people on its payroll. Today, the number of the employees equals 180 people.
The main feature of the service is that it can integrate with over a hundred third-party services, such as Google Docs, Trello, Twitter, Dropbox, etc. Apart from that, Slack has a picture-preview mode, its own hosting service, private groups and a lot of other things.
The app’s free version supports integration with over five services and a search in the archive through up to 10,000 messages. The paid version does not have these restrictions and contains expanded access rights.
In winter 2015 Slack’s user base was hacked. Soon after that, in March, the developers implemented a two-factor authentication system, which brought a solution to the problem.
As the next stage of the company’s development, Butterfield plans to increase the number of staff to 250 people and implement video calls.