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The Future of Work According to Slack

Slack, the cloud-based set of collaborative tools for teams, is taking over, and changing the way we work for good. Here’s what co-founder Stewart Butterfield has to say about the workplace of the future

Haven’t you heard? Email is dead. At least, that’s what Stewart Butterfield would have you believe. Launched in 2014, his cloud-based ‘virtual assistant’ (which provides team collaboration tools) is doing away with the need for time-consuming and inefficient electronic communication – and changing the way we work altogether.

He might be on to something. Slack is one of the fastest-growing business applications in the last decade. According to its latest figures, there are now more than eight million daily active users across more than 500,000 organisations that use the platform. The company has more than three million paid users and 65 per cent of companies in the Fortune 100 are paid Slack users. More than 70,000 paid teams with thousands of active users connect in Slack channels across departments, borders and oceans.

So when Butterfield and his team share their opinions on the future of work, it’s worth paying attention. Here are five of their predictions.