Slack names Google, Twitter vet as new platform chief

To defend its value even further, Slack revealed it has already achieved more than $25 million in annual recurring revenue.


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Slack, the workplace communication tool that seemingly no one (at least in tech) can stop talking about, has announced a crucial new leadership hire as the startup surpasses a major milestone.

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The team messaging service announced on Wednesday that it appointed Silicon Valley veteran April Underwood as its new head of platform.

Underwood previously served as head of product at Twitter for more than four years, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Prior to Twitter, Underwood also lead product teams at Google for more than two years, working on familiar products such as Google Maps, News, Groups, Blogger and Search.

Underwood also has a strong developer and engineering background, with relevant resumé bullet points at Intel, Apple and Travelocity.

Launched in February 2014, the San Francisco-based startup has since grown to hire more than 180 employees.

Underwood's new role couldn't come at a more significant (if not pressing) time for the tech wunderkind, which also boasted today that it has surpassed more than 1.1 million daily active users and over 300,000 paying customers.

Slack touted it sees an estimated 30 million messages per week sent through its platform.

To defend its value even further, Slack revealed it has already achieved more than $25 million in annual recurring revenue.

Nevertheless, the Slack team still has a considerable amount of work to do.

Although Slack promised more integrations on the way this year, CEO and co-founder Stewart Butterfield admitted in prepared remarks that "the only drawback is the increasing fragmentation as the number of vendors increases."

Slack, he suggested, will be the cloud-based workplace platform that ties all these loose threads together.

Underwood will be tasked with spearheading Slack API integrations and developer relations, among other platform-related products.

Slack already has a good head start with more than 900,000 integrations ranging from tech stalwarts to similar buzzworthy private companies working their way up. These include Google Drive and Hangouts, Github, Zendesk, Mailchimp, and Stripe.

"Slack will become an even more powerful product as the platform evolves," Underwood promised in Wednesday's announcement. "We'll be making it easier for established enterprise applications and app developers to grow their businesses."

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