July was a busy month for Slack, filled with plenty of announcements and stories to catch up on.
Equipped for the future
In case you missed it, we introduced a new analytics platform, to help teams better understand how their staff are using Slack. For organizations with a distributed workforce, we wrote about ways to keep team members feeling connected in Slack. For those new to Slack, we wrote a guide to starting out and helping your whole team hit the ground running. We also highlighted the Slack apps that marketing departments use every day.
Our platform team announced a milestone of 1,000 apps released for Slack, as well as new ways to find those apps, while our Slack Fund team announced the seven new companies and apps added to their roster.
Our podcast about the nature of work focused on two people obsessed with their jobs. The first story is about a scientist who found ways to combine his study of fish with his love of Bruce Springsteen. We also covered an investigative journalist that that doggedly chased the truth about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for years, despite potential blowback from the public.
Stories of the work we do
Any discussion about the future of work is bound to mention how machines might replace humans. But that’s not always the case — sometimes machines free up humans to do more meaningful work. Here are five automation innovations that did just that.
As always, we profiled how teams integrate Slack into their work. DeNA, a mobile gaming startup described how they coordinate software development but also maintain company culture in Slack. We also learned how Cappello’s uses Slack in every stage of the complicated path to selling speciality pasta, pizza, and cookie dough products across the nation.
And finally, our own Editorial team told the story of volunteering at a nonprofit youth writing center, and the lessons a room full of kids taught us about overcoming challenges.
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