Startup of Year Finalist Slack Acquires Screenhero

Startup of the Year finalist Slack has acquired Screenhero.

Slack, a billion-dollar company founded by Entrepreneur of the Year Stewart Butterfield, spent more than half a year courting the tiny startup, which specializes in real-time collaboration features like voice calls and screen sharing.

Screenhero’s features are a natural fit for Slack, which aims to be the bottom layer for all business communications. Screenhero will remain separate, says Butterfield, but its features will be “fully integrated” into Slack eventually.

Slack has won hundreds of thousands of users, raised $180 million in venture capital and been valued at $1.12 billion.

While Slack was originally aimed at small teams, particularly in high tech, its user base has grown well beyond that. It’s something Butterfield wants to take advantage of, as Slack starts to increasingly target larger customers and improve features that allow of communication between multiple Slack teams.

“We want to be the bottom later of business communication that everything plugs into,” he told Techvibes. “We want to get to the point where we have tens of millions of users.”

And while Slack has set out to redefine business communications, Butterfield doesn’t necessarily see legacy providers as competitors.

“There are many more software companies we’d like to partner with than we’d like to compete with,” Butterfield says.

With files from Jacob Serebrin.