SalesForce – ‘Why would anyone want to go back to the office?’, says Slack’s Cal Henderson
However he says a 3rd try to make it large in video video games is unlikely. “There are no plans to try to do it as a business, I think our passion outweighs our abilities there. We spent four years on [Glitch] and it took us three years to get to the point where it was fun. We don’t know how to build games.”
Promoting Slack to Salesforce, the $200bn on-line software program behemoth run by the outspoken Marc Benioff, makes Henderson, 39, considered one of Britain’s most profitable exports to Silicon Valley. However not like the extremely polished tech bros that swarm in northern California nowadays, Henderson is unashamedly nerdy within the conventional sense.
He’s not often seen out of a programmer’s uniform of shorts and short-sleeved shirts. His private web site, coded from scratch, accommodates musings on jigsaw puzzles, different London Underground maps and hyperlinks to World of Warcraft blogs.
Henderson listens to audiobooks at triple velocity to maximise productiveness. Slack itself was additionally designed to make employees extra productive, and its ancestry lies within the web’s early days.
Impressed by web relay chat, the now prehistoric protocol for real-time on-line communication, it serves to interchange e-mail by letting workers chat to at least one one other by a service nearer to textual content messaging.
Right this moment some 142,000 organisations with hundreds of thousands of workers between them use Slack to interchange conferences, memos and water cooler chat. Its progress has been accelerated by the pandemic, as workplace employees scattered to their kitchen tables.