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Tech Captain You want to talk power? How about acompany that has six million daily users? Slack, a workplace communication app, has become one of the fastest-growing start-ups in the world, and it was founded right here in Vancouver. Born and raised in B.C., Stewart Buttereld now represents the Van tech scene all over the world, rstly as a result of the success of one of his earlier ventures, Flickr, and now Slack. Buttereld used this year’s Frontiers conference—a two-day event put on by Slack with guest speakers like Andre Iguodala from the Golden State Warriors—to announce Slack’s new venture, Shared Channels, which is poised to replace emails. Though the company’s headquarters now lie in San Francisco, their recently expanded Yaletown space provides a base for most of their product innovation. As a public supporter of guaranteed annual income, and with his “anti-email” attitudes, Buttereld might just be reimagining work as we know it.