Solv­ing of­fice prob­lems is not only cool but also lu­cra­tive

Inc. (USA) - - LEAD -


Founded in 2013 by Ste­wart But­ter­field, Slack has made in­traof­fice com­mu­ni­ca­tion as easy as a group chat app—fea­tur­ing emo­jis, GIFs, and all that busi­ness stuff like doc­u­ment and file shar­ing. Touted as the world’s fastest-grow­ing startup, it has a $3.8 bil­lion val­u­a­tion, 1.25 mil­lion pay­ing users, and $100 mil­lion in sales.


Us­ing web-based en­ter­prise apps on mul­ti­ple de­vices is a se­cu­rity risk. In 2009, Todd McKin­non and Fred­eric Ker­rest co-founded Okta to man­age se­cu­rity for cloud-based apps by cre­at­ing a sin­gle, se­cure lo­gin. With cus­tomers as di­verse as West­ern Union and LinkedIn, the San Fran­cisco–based com­pany is worth more than $1 bil­lion.


Founded in 2003 by se­rial en­tre­pre­neur Tom Gonser, DocuSign’s soft­ware al­lows peo­ple to se­curely put their John Han­cock on of­fi­cial doc­u­ments re­motely— from judges dig­i­tally sign­ing war­rants to ten­ants sign­ing a lease on the go. The com­pany is worth more than $3 bil­lion.

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