Amazon might have shown a great deal of interest in the real world with its recent purchase of Whole Foods, but don’t be fooled – the company is still looking to snap up any promising Internet presences as well. According to the Financial Post, one such potential presence is Slack Technologies Inc, a corporate chatroom startup based in San Francisco.
There’s no agreement or deal on the table yet, but Amazon insiders have confirmed that the company is interested. Experts believe that this deal would place Slack at a value of around nine billion USD.
Slack launched in 2013 and has since been working hard to rope in big users. In January, the company released an enterprise version of its chat software which supports tens of thousands of employees at a time, allowing international businesses to collaborate with ease. Even Microsoft has taken notice of this young startup, recently releasing its competitor to slack, a chat platform called Teams.
As reported by The Financial Post, Slack has “5 million daily active users — 1.5 million of whom pay to use the service — and had $150 million in annual recurring revenue as of Jan. 31.” These figures make it obvious why a company like Amazon might want a piece of Slack’s success.