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Slack has announced a new feature called Shared Channels that enables teams to use the service with anyone, eliminating the hassle of adding guests into the mix.One example is a client — it is arguably easier to work with a client through Slack with its various features than it is to keep batting emails back and forth.That’s where a Shared Channel comes into play.Though Slack makes it possible to bring in guests, a Shared Channel has some benefits — it is a space where a team can work with anyone, serving as a bridge of sorts between a team’s private Slack and public platform.The feature has already been undergoing a trial with some Slack customers, and Slack says they’ve demonstrated various ways to use Shared Channels.If you’ve used Slack before, you’ll have an idea of how Shared Channels work; that is, basically the same as any other channel.
Slack is the go-to communication app for many teams — though as anyone who has used it will tell you, it’s hardly perfect.And, as in Slack, everything is searchable, with customizable filters to help you drill down and really find what you’re looking for.A paid version, running $5 per user, per month, will maintain records of everything you share in the app.The OnePlus 5 refines what made the OnePlus 3T so desirable even further.You just settle into using the OnePlus 5 like sinking down into your favorite chair.Our OnePlus 5 review shows how the company impressively manages to rise above this, to achieve a level of brilliance that separates it from other high-end smartphones.
When Slack implemented threaded conversations, it seemed like the holy grail for internal communications.But Slack remains a real-time messaging service at heart, so threads don’t feel native.That’s why Twist is starting over from scratch and taking a different approach by focusing on threads and borrowing some of Slack’s best ideas.Doist, the company behind popular todo service Todoist has been building Twist for a couple of years and using it for more than a year.Doist is a remote-first company distributed across many time zones with around 50 employees.It was already a well-designed service with plenty of little touches that make it stand out from the many different services out there.
On Stackshare, Airbnb lists over 50 services in its “stack,” Slack lists 24, and Spotify lists more than 31; these stacks are collections of different pieces of software that each company is using to run their operations, and range from infrastructure tools to communications tools to container tools to email service tools.Why are companies beginning to share the specific mix of apps that’s enabling their businesses to grow?Because they know it’s the missing piece of the puzzle for developers, many of whom struggle to learn which tools certain companies use and why, says Stackshare founder and CEO Yonas Beshawred.In fact, Stackshare is quietly becoming a go-to platform for numerous players in the startup ecosystem, and for a few reasons, Beshawred argues.Stackshare also benefits companies; when an Instacart or smaller startups volunteer what tools they’re using, they have a better shot at attracting developers who are well-versed in the technologies they’re using.Stackshare, founded in San Francisco in 2015, claims that more than 150,000 developers are now using the service, where they not only see which companies are using what but also comment on the tools, helping their peers understand what they should be using (and avoiding).
With the rise of the internet, computers and mobile technology, so much has changed in the business world over the decades.The working economy is far more fragmented.There are still firms that make huge amounts of revenue annually and have a physical presence across the world, but better funding opportunities and new technologies have enabled more people to pursue their business dreams on their own terms.With the right tech and software, you can run your business from the comfort of your home or a co-working environment.A collaboration tool which needs no introductionPlatforms: Web, Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone | Features: Drag-and-drop files, on-desktop notifications, group projects | Video calls: Yes | Integrations: Dropbox, Google Docs, Box | Free trial: Free version available
It offers a collection of increasingly popular streaming movies and television.Millions of people have Amazon's voice-controlled personal assistant Echo in their homes.But one category of people still doesn't use Amazon for much: office workers.Over the years, Amazon's cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has grown to power everything from consumer services like Netflix to corporate and governmental applications for the likes of General Electric and The CIA.The next big thing in computing, however, may well not be web or smartphone apps.Instead of going to your neighborhood pizzeria's website to place an order, you'll send them a text through Facebook Messenger.
Slack, the $3.8 billion work chat app that Silicon Valley catapulted into superstardom, is up for sale, according to a Bloomberg report, and Amazon is among the companies looking to buy.If that report pans out, Amazon could pay as much as $9 billion.Later, Recode's Kara Swisher reported that Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce might be looking to buy Slack, too.In the past, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield has said that he's batted down many acquisition offers over the years, instead focusing on building the startup into an independent, sustainable company.But assuming these rumblings are true, a Slack buy would be a seriously smart move for Amazon, above and beyond all the other potential purchasers.As the retailer ramps up its strategy for an assault on the dominance of Microsoft Office and Google Gsuite, the technology and talent at Slack could give Amazon a killer edge.
Slack is attracting interest from potential suitors including Amazon that are reportedly eyeing up the white collar messaging and collaboration software slinger.The cost of such a buy could be as high as $9bn, loquacious sources told Bloomberg today, though talks are at the preliminary stage and there are no assurances an offer will be made.The cloud-based tools and services start-up raised $200m in its last funding drive in 2016, which valued the company at $3.8bn.Slack, founded in 2013 by Stewart Butterfield, provides corporate chat rooms for businesses and direct messaging for free, limited to 10,000 of the users’ most recent messages.If Jeff Bezos' empire buys the business, the freebie version might not last for long.The enterprise version, released in January, includes uptime guarantees, unlimited searchable messaging and SSO and compliance exports.
Slack’s meteoric rise hasn’t gone unnoticed as tech giants, most notably Amazon, reportedly circleA number of technology firms, most notably Amazon, are reportedly interested in acquiring workplace communication firm Slack.Bloomberg says Slack have received a number of enquiries about a takeover, which would value Slack at $9 billion (£7bn), although there is nothing concrete at this stage.Slack’s rapid growth has not gone unnoticed in Silicon Valley and the firm now have five million daily users, of which 1.5 million are paying, and launched an enterprise version early this year.Last year, it secured £141 million in fresh funding.The platform is free to use, with businesses able to upgrade to ‘premium’ versions that offer more features and support more users.
The collaboration software startup Slack Technologies has attracted the attention of major technology companies including Amazon.com, according to reports from Bloomberg.The possible $9 billion deal is pure speculation at the moment, with neither Amazon or Slack having made any formal comment regarding a possible takeover.According to sources cited by Bloomberg, nothing has yet been agreed and that negotiations could be dropped regarding the takeover at any time.Slack has been experiencing strong growth following a 2016 funding round that raked in $200 million, with the company now standing at a valuation close to $4 billion.This growth has undoubtedly drawn considerable interest from big players in the market.These big players could perhaps be driving factors behind the possible interest from Amazon if speculations prove to be legitimate.
One of Bloomberg’s last pieces filed late Wednesday night noted that Amazon wanted to buy group chat service Slack, and valued the business at a whopping $9 billion.I’m trying to make sense of that figure, because that’s a lotta zeroes, and a whole lot more than the $3.8 billion valuation Slack saw when it raised $200 million in its last funding round back in 2016.The company now brings in about $150 million in annual revenue, and grew its user base from 2.3 million in February 2016 to over 5 million this year – of which 1.5 million are paying subscribers.Microsoft launched its rival app, Teams, in March, and has a captive audience of more than 100 million Office 365 users to sell it to.Facebook has Workplace, which it launched last October and subsequently announced plans to offer its starter plans for free this April.That may indicate that there’s a huge opportunity for a company like Slack to win in the collaboration software space – but I wonder how Amazon might have arrived at its $9 billion valuation.
is one of several tech companies interested in acquiring the Slack chat platform, according to a Bloomberg report that cites people familiar with the situation.Slack's business-oriented messaging service has been widely adopted by companies worldwide including the likes of Airbnb, Harvard University, Samsung, and BuzzFeed since it launched in 2013.Investors have backed the platform with about $540 million (£423 million), including $200 million (£157 million) that the company raised last April.An acquisition deal could value Slack at over $9 billion (£7 billion), Bloomberg's sources reportedly said, adding that Slack may not accept any of the offers.Amazon was first known for its e-commerce platform, but the company is expanding into an increasing number of fields including food delivery and cloud storage.Of the so-called big-five tech companies in the US, Amazon is the only one without a messaging platform.
to help users make better sense of their inbox, triage their emails, and make sure that they don’t miss their priority messages.In addition to the Slack integration, Astro is also today launching an Alexa Skill for checking in on your important emails and responding by voice.While it may seem as though there’s never an end to the number of startups trying to solve our problems with email, that’s because email continues to be an ongoing problem for many users.“We felt that workplace communication is an area that still needs a lot of improvement,” explains Pflaum.“Even with the rise of Slack in particular and real-time group chat in general…we felt that there were still problems, particularly in email,” he says.technology to help address the remaining issues with email.
Astro is bringing its bot for email to Slack and Alexa with a pair of new integrations announced today.Astrobot will allow users of those platforms to receive and manage messages from a set of connected accounts.By invoking Astrobot, customers will be able to ask their home Echo speakers to help with email triage while they’re cooking and send emails without leaving Slack during the day.The Slack integration also allows users to view messages from Slack inside Astro’s email apps for Mac, iOS, and Android, alongside their more traditional messages.Astrobot can show users all of the messages they receive (which isn’t recommended), cut that down to those the bot considers important, or just share those that come from a list of pre-defined VIPs.Recommendations on which emails are important are based on machine learning.
Slack’s head of global marketing came to her career in an unusual way.For anyone who uses Slack, Watkins has found a near-perfect environment for understanding how people work and the business-communication systems they create.In her role at Slack, Watkins leads all aspects of the brand’s product, platform and growth marketing, as well as overseeing its advertising, events and editorial efforts.Right now, Watkins says her team is focused on Slack’s international expansion — aiming to grow its usage beyond the current 40 percent of Slack users who live outside of the US.While at Github, she launched GitHub Enterprise on AWS, Atom, Electron and the GitHub Developer Program and helped grow the number of developers using the open-sourced software development platform from 3 million to 10 million.Family dance parties and some fierce games of Go First are a staple in our house.
As we develop and launch new products, we are considering using Slack to manage more communication and develop community with beta participants, early customers, and advocates.Has anyone tried this successfully yet?I'm envisioning one channel where our most engaged customers and advocates can interact with one another as well as key members of our team.If you've gone this route, do you have any tips on best practices for keeping this channel productive vs. becoming just another channel for support?
In fact, Slack has grown from nothing to become one of the most well-loved and most-used business apps of all time.Ever since its official launch in February 2014, it has reached milestones every few months.From 500,000 daily active users on its first birthday, they more than doubled that within just four months, and just in October they fast forwarded that number to 1.7 million daily active users.Instead of letting that become a barrier, Slack managed to solicit a positive experience from this challenge by putting together a step-by-step guide on the on-boarding process that helps make sure new users understand the product’s functionalities and quirks in a fun and highly interactive manner — all within just a few clicks.These community members are probably the strongest ambassadors Slack can have.Each new member can easily start their own public channel catering promoting another interest focus or perhaps a private group for its company.
p For when a screen shot just won’t cut it, Slack’s paid users can now share live video of their screens during video calls.The addition of the feature comes a slow two years after Slack bought Screenhero, a startup that offered enterprise screenshare, in a cash-and-stock deal for its tech and six employees.The feature will roll out on Slack’s latest Mac and Windows apps over the next few days.To use Slack screensharing, fire up a video call then hit the screenshare button.You can select your preferred screen if you’re using several, your webcam will deactivate, and Slack notifications won’t appear to avoid exposing any private info.Viewers will see all of your shared screen including your cursor so you can easily point things out.
p Shortly after starting a Slack community for our customers, we started seeing a pattern we really liked: Customers who join our Slack community were not leaving us.In fact, 99% of our cancellations were (and still are) coming from customers who weren’t part of our community.In this piece, we examine the values and practices that have helped us grow our product community into our strongest retention channel.