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Thoughts on Slack for corporations?

Read earlier a threat talking about the usage of Slack for businesses. Would this work for a large corporation?

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Mark Shaw
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Mark Shaw Entrepreneur
CEO at NEOS HR
Chris I used it once in a classic project environment. I loved it. So easy to be totally in touch and on top of things. No experience with plug ins.
Valentina Delfino
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Valentina Delfino Entrepreneur
Chief Operating Officer
Hi Chris,

We have been using Slack for a while and I can tell you that its a great tool. It has substitute all the email between employees.

We have integrated with:

1-Jell: a daily planning so all of us are informed on what everyone is doing
2-Pivotal tracker: project management for the developed team
3-Trelloproject management for the rest of the team
4-Freshdeskour customer service platform
5- Hangout to have our conference call since most of us work remotely.

So I highly recommended

Hope this was helpful,

Regards,

Valentina
Bret Gardner
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Bret Gardner Entrepreneur • Advisor
CEO at Food Roll, LLC.
Hey Chris,

We also use Slack. Like Valentina said, it is a great tool. My companies board is spread out across the country and it makes keeping in touch daily very easy. We have also used Trello.. but it hasn't taken off as we would have liked. Its more of a notes page about issues in a project, something we pull up during meetings to address key issues.
Charles Durrenberger
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Charles Durrenberger Entrepreneur
CEO at Total Choice Tech Solutions, Inc.
This is the product we use. SmashDisk. We have been able to reduce unnecessary expenses, while simultaneously improving security, collaboration, and protect company assets and intellectual property. Here are just some of the features: o Highly controlled, secure file sharing o Elimination of FTP and VPN o Ransomware protection o HIPAA compliant office organization o Secure company content collaboration system o Simple File and folder backup for the SMB o Workforce organization for increased efficiency o Team project collaboration o Secure access to office file server from any location o Elimination of office file server o Forensic research o Low bandwidth mitigation o HR liability protection o Safe employee termination tool o Employee device Inventory o Stolen laptop data protection The 30-day free trial allowed us to quickly determine it was the best fit, and the rarely needed support has been timely and effective. Chuck Durrenberger CEO Total Choice Tech Solutions, [removed to protect privacy] Houston, TX o: (713) 496-2358 f: (832) 615-3415 This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail if you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.
Michael Meinberg
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Michael Meinberg Entrepreneur
Teacher (iOS Development) at The Mobile Makers Academy (A Hack Reactor School)
We used slack at the last two schools I taught at (iOS dev bootcamps) and loved the product. It is very well written - user friendly and very helpful.

Andria Younger
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Andria Younger Advisor
Branding & Marketing Strategist for Startups and Entrepreneurs l Practiced Handed at Creative Project Management
I just started using Slack and really like it! Very easy to use and share information.
Theresa Marcroft
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Theresa Marcroft Entrepreneur
Marketing Strategist / CMO / Interim VP Marketing
Slack is a great collaboration & communication tool: I found it esp. useful when you want to maintain a repository of info around a single subject, i.e.
- a product launch team can post meeting notes, spreadsheets, and all the launch-related info the team creates and discusses.
- a company's re-branding task force might keep all survey data and art files in one place, along with comments on each and discussion threads on the project.
Plus it's very easy to use. Whoever initiates a new "channel", invites the relevant participants.

Theresa Marcroft
Interim CMO
www.Market-Savvy.com


Sankar Patel
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Sankar Patel Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO at UpCurrent, Advisor, Invester
Slack is a great small team IM tool, I've used it for several projects and we use it now actually. The challenge you'll face as a manager is when you get to 20+ people in aroom and there is a lot of chatter. If you don't stay on top of the conversation as a manager you'll lose a lot of valuable information or sped a lot of time trying to dig it out.

The tool I'm working on right now, UpCurrent (www.upcurrent.co) is actually a multiplatform plugin for Slack as well as Saleforce and Google Apps for larger, dispersedteams. The plugins allow for easy login and notifications. We focus on discussion/suggestion tiles to organizeinformation. We enable crowd voting, commenting and collaboration on the topic tiles in a pivot table like dashboard so managers can quickly get to the important stuff without having to scroll back through long conversations or completely miss something important.

We're looking for pilot program partners if anyone is interested in trying it out.
Chris Kieff
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Chris Kieff Advisor
Sprinklr- Global Director of Security Operations, Helping Enterprise with Digital Customer First Transformation
The only risk with Slack is using bots or plugins especially if you're dealing with sensitive data or PII. The risk is that anyone (China, Russia, etc.) can build a slack bot to respond to questions on your chats. Our team got a lunch bot, which would hit the website of our lunch supplier and tell us what lunch was going to be. Except it had to read every word of our conversations to listen for "lunch".
We couldn't find out where the bot was built- so we stopped using unknown bots.
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