Slack has proven that simple tools — built beautifully — can solve even the most vexing problems of team collaboration. Its cross-platform chat and notification functions keep many of the most widely distributed teams in sync, and with its marketplace of integrations, users can pull files and data from a spectrum of third-party services to help enrich dialogue and workflow.
Accel seeded the company in 2009 when it was Tiny Speck, a gaming company building virtual worlds for teens which was founded by Stewart Butterfield, the creator of Flickr. In 2012, when it became clear that their product, a game called Glitch, wouldn’t be a hit, Butterfield and his team latched onto the promise of an operations tool they’d built for internal use during that time; in August 2013, Slack officially launched. Accel has been an active supporter through each round of funding. In 2019, 10 years after the founding of Tiny Speck, what is now Slack Technologies, Inc. went public via direct listing (NYSE: WORK).