Stewart But­ter­field

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FOUNDER, SLACK NEW)

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 But­terƒeld now rep­re­sents the Van tech scene all over the world, ƒrstly as a re­sult of the suc­cess of one of his ear­lier ven­tures, Flickr, and now Slack. But­terƒeld 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, But­terƒeld might just be reimag­in­ing work as we know it.

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