The CEO of Slack says that Microsoft is ‘unhealthily preoccupied’ with ‘killing’ the company because it threatens email (WORK, MSFT)
Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 19:01:27
Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield told The Verge that Microsoft is “unhealthily preoccupied” with “killing” Slack via its Microsoft Teams tool. He says that while Microsoft itself often compares itself to Slack, Teams is more of a direct competitor to the likes of Zoom, thanks to its focus on voice and video calling. In his view, Microsoft focuses on Slack as a rival because it poses a threat to email, which would in turn diminish the appeal of the Microsoft Office 365 cloud productivity suite. Microsoft Teams and Slack have both seen surges in popularity amid the pandemic, with Microsoft saying in late April that it has 75 million daily active users. Slack hasn’t shared user numbers since October, when it said that it had 12 million daily active users. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Microsoft is “unhealthily preoccupied” with “killing” Slack via its Microsoft Teams tool, CEO Stewart Butterfield recently told The Verge . But he also says that his trillion-dollar rival, and many observers, are missing the point.
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SIGN UP NOW: Lessons in pitching, leading, and building a company from Steve Martocci, the serial entrepreneur who sold GroupMe for $85 million when he was just 27 — and has raised more than $100 million for his new music startup Splice
Friday, 22 May 2020, 15:38:00
One, two, three. First came GroupMe, the messaging company sold to Skype in 2011 at just a year old. Then Blade, the “Uber for helicopters” startup founded in 2014 that’s become a fixture of the summering set and now pivoted amid the pandemic. And now Splice, the music platform that’s raised more than $100 million, per Pitchbook , on the way to remaking how songs are produced. In the world of consumer technology, Steve Martocci has done it all. As a founder and also as a prolific angel investor, he’s been on both sides of the funding pitch. For our next episode of Starting Up, he’s going to walk us through the mechanics of founding and leading a company: How to find and validate your value proposition, carve out a market, set up a platform, not to mention manage a team and design an effective organization. Starting Up is the new live interview series from Business Insider, hosted by deputy editor Drake Baer. Join us on May 28 at 2pm ET / 11AM PT for the live conversation. Sign up for a reminder here.
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Slack Stock Is a Bet on the Future of Work. How to Play It With Options.
Thursday, 21 May 2020, 10:00:00
Should the company’s pending report titillate investors, analysts will raise estimates and that will help to secure the stock’s recent extraordinary performance.
7 Slack secrets that will change how you communicate with coworkers
Thursday, 21 May 2020, 00:00:00
If there’s one thing we humans can agree upon these days, it’s that communicating sure isn’t easy. We’ve got fancy rectangles in our pockets that empower us to speak to other people in real time, anytime—but who has the time to actually answer a voice call anymore? We’ve got video calls now, too, but those are laden with their own exhausting issues . And don’t even get me started on email . Then there’s Slack—the de facto chat platform of our current connected world. Slack served as a combination conference room and virtual watercooler for lots of us even before the pandemic came along. Now, its role is only amplified further, both on the work front and sometimes even on a personal level . For all its positives, Slack can also be a gigantic pain—overwhelming to keep up with and cumbersome to use. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The service has some carefully tucked-away shortcuts and options that’ll save you time and make your communication easier than ever. Make a mental note of these power-user possibilities, and get ready to see Slack in a whole new light. 1.
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The psychological impact of video calls
Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 07:10:34
Whether it’s Zoom, Teams, Slack or any other platform, many of us are now working 100% via video calls for everything from stands ups (now sit downs), team meetings, briefings, presentations…