Inside Slack’s growth story

CEO Stewart Butterfield, who just sold his communication platform to Salesforce for $27.7 billion, on dealing with setbacks & fighting incumbents

This week on the Bits & Pretzels Podcast we welcome an entrepreneur who is at the forefront of the global remote work experiment that shows no sign of ending anytime soon, as Europe struggles to contain the second wave of Covid-19.  

Stewart Butterfield, the founder and CEO of communication platform Slack, which is certainly a huge winner of this crisis, even though the company is faced with incumbent competitors such as Microsoft.

We've talked to Stewart just before he closed this year’s mega exit in tech that also happens to be Salesforce's largest ever acquisition.

The Slack founder & CEO joined us at our Bits & Pretzels Networking Week – and discussed the future of work as well as the huge growth his company has seen since the pandemic hit with home office becoming the new normal and more than 12 million people actively using Slack every day.

But Stewart also shared his key learnings from his 15 plus years in tech including what’s necessary to navigate the ups and downs of scaling a company and continuously pushing your firm as well as yourself to new beginnings.

02:05: What measures Slack had to take to navigate their current growth
04:23: How the communication platform distinguished itself
07:25: What leaders should keep in mind during a crisis
09:34: Stewart’s top advice: „You as a founder really have to believe“
12:57: How to handle setbacks as an entrepreneur  
18:38: The situation for startups that are in competition with established corporations
22:40: How startups can use the current crisis to grow
25:55: What’s next for Slack?

Production: Regina Körner, Migo Fecke (professional-podcast.com); Sophie Dechansreiter & Dina Zhakupova