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Slack, the red hot $3.8 billion startup, has a hidden meaning behind its name

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 28 Sep 2016


Slack is a super popular business app startup that's grown to beworth $3.8 billion in just a little over two yearssinceits official launch.But not many people knowthe actual meaning behind the company's name, Slack.Some people guessed it's supposed to stand for the term used in project management,which refers to the "amount of time a delay could take from a task without causing subsequent problems."But according to Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, Slack is actually an acronym. It stands for:Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge.That's exactly what Slack is, although most people use it forchattingand sharing links and files, and don't worry about the searchability so much.Butterfield shared this through a Twitter conversation he had with someone who asked about the name's origin. He also notes Slack's original codename used to be "linefeed."Yes. November 14th, 2012 (previous codename was "linefeed"):Re https://t.co/GbFbiofkWS pic.twitter.com/mhdkWk16o2' Stewart Butterfield (@stewart) September 27, 2016Slack joins at least one other prominent tech company whose name is an acronym: Yahoo, which originally stood for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle," a joking reference to its original product, a web directory.SEE ALSO:The CEO of $3.8 billion Slack has a smart idea to help people get off work earlyJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Stephen Hawking warned us about contacting aliens, but this astronomer says it's 'too late
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