Chief Executive Officer | episode 472

Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on COVID and Microsoft Teams

Stewart Butterfield is the co-founder and CEO of Slack, the workplace messaging platform that rose to a private valuation of $7B before going public in June of 2019. The company has experienced a surge of demand due to the shift to remote work amid the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to co-founding Slack, Stewart co-founded Flickr, one of the pioneers of image sharing and the social web. July 30, 2020

In this interview, we discuss

  • COVID’s impact on enterprise
  • How COVID has impacted the amount of Slack users positively and negatively
  • The potential challenges a hybrid model of working will present. 
  • How people are more attracted to new features versus core improvement to the existing features
  • The main difference between Slack and Microsoft Teams and how they can be used together
  • How the demand for synchronous communication can be disruptive to people’s time management and their ability to focus

Among a variety of other topics.


This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

I definitely have the impression that we're much more productive right now [working remotely due to COVID].

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

From strategy to implementation

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