At just over three years old, Slack, the messaging and communication platform for business, has become one of the tech industry’s notable success stories marked by strong organic growth and a much-loved product.

CEO Stewart Butterfield, who co-founded the company in 2013, has been credited with helping to quickly grow the company from a niche product used by a handful of small tech startups to a multi billion-dollar platform competing with the likes of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

At the New York Times’ New Work Summit in Half Moon Bay, Butterfield discussed candidly the company’s successes and struggles in building an enterprise product, maintaining a strong culture, and how to compete in hiring against bigger companies like Facebook (NASDAQ: FB).

Contributed by Annie Gaus

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