Vancouver startup star Slack eyes expansion


Vancouver-born startup Slack will soon be rounding out their staff roster in their Yaletown offices, though the company’s HQ is officially down in San Francisco. Slack, an app that aims to streamline group work and team endeavours via its chat and communications portal, is already cramming 13 employees in their 800-square-foot Vancouver office, with renovations underway.

Founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield recently told BIV they’ll be “hiring pretty aggressively in Vancouver” once those renos are done.

In late October, Slack revealed they had “raised an additional US$120 million in venture capital after bringing in US$43 million from investors this past spring,” reports BIV. Slack is now valued at $1.12 billion USD.

In Vancouver, says Butterfield, much of the work centres on design and front-end development. Butterfield, who was born in B.C. and and attended the University of Victoria, splits his time half-and-half between San Francisco and Vancouver. He is most known for co-founding photo sharing site Flickr, which he ultimately sold to Yahoo in 2005.

Jobs posted for Slack’s Vancouver office include openings for a designer, customer care, and an account manager.


Featured image: Stewart Butterfield in 2009 (Photo by kris krüg via Flickr)

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