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Stewart Butterfield, Founder and CEO of Slack

November 07, 2016

Among other topics, Stewart discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The genesis of Slack
  • How Slack was scaled to an enterprise level application
  • What metrics are used to gauge the health of the business
  • External inputs into Slack and the value they add
  • Developers and partners in the Slack ecosystem
  • The Slack Fund and its role in driving innovative ideas
  • Stewart’s mentors and lessons learned from his entrepreneurial ventures
  • How culture can drive productivity
  • How talent management develops in a rapidly growing company

Stewart Butterfield’s Biography

Stewart is the founder and CEO of Slack, the fastest growing business app ever. It is a messaging and file sharing application heralded as the “Email Killer” of the workplace with over $100 million in annual revenue. As CEO, Stewart is responsible for all operations throughout the company as well as defining the future vision for Slack.

Prior to Slack, Stewart co-founded the picture sharing site Flickr, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. He continued as the General Manager of Flickr at Yahoo! until mid-2008.

Stewart received his Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the University of Victoria and went on to earn a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge.

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

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