On February 12th of last year, we launched Slack to the public. One year in, here we are: with more than 500,000 daily users in more than 60,000 teams. Every month, Slack users collectively spend over 100 million hours connected to Slack, sending 300 million messages.
In that time, our own team has gone from 16 people to 103. We’ve learned from our own experience as we’ve grown about how to make Slack. We’ve felt the growing pains of bigger, more distributed teams, and used this knowledge in tweaking, adapting, and refining Slack. (There’s more data here about our numbers, if you happen to like numbers. And who doesn’t?)
But really? We’re the least interesting thing about what Slack has become. A year down the line, there are so many more interesting teams using this thing we’ve built: And using it in incredible ways, all around the world, every day.
We hear about them through our accounts team, integrations team, customer experience team and (even) in person. On Twitter, in blog posts, through support tickets and every which way, people tell us about the ways that Slack is changing how their teams work together.
There’s The IceCube Neutrino Observatory: A massive research program using Slack to organize data and bring it from the South Pole to an international group of scientists. Then there’s Schoolhaus, a small Mid-Western design school using Slack to share course materials, do peer review sessions, and give one-to-one mentorship.
There’s Keyboard.io a tiny design company suddenly finding the freedom to hire halfway across the world because they use Slack. And then there’s WordPress.org, the world-famous open-source project, using Slack to bring thousands of collaborators together worldwide.
There’s the New York Times, using Slack to gather together the pieces for tomorrow’s front page. Or Al Jazeera, planning, filming, and editing news reports on the move, and using Slack to send files to the studio, ready to air.
There are teams like the one at Blue Bottle Coffee, a fast-growing retail business with an office on a new continent, using Slack to bridge cultural differences. Or like Lingoing, the Deaf-led company who contacted us with their story about using Slack as a social leveller in a team where not everyone in the office uses sign language.
There are co-working spaces, like Runway in San Francisco, and Sinergia in Uruguay, using Slack to build community in a virtual space between people thrown together in a physical one. Or an event like the Product Hunt hackathon, using Slack to connect people all over the world for one frantic weekend.
These stories, and soooooo many others, are the kind we’ll be telling more as we move into our second year. This is what we care about: teams finding a new way of working through Slack, and finding work to be happier, simpler, and more productive because of it.
We’d love to be part of your story. (And tell it, if you’ll let us.)