Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield’s life and career rise, in photos

  • Stewart Butterfield founded Slack in 2013 after selling his first startup, Flickr, to Yahoo for more than $20 million.
  • Slack became one of the fastest-growing companies ever, achieving a $1 billion valuation less than a year after it officially launched.
  • Butterfield, whose birth name was Dharma before he changed it at age 12, was born in British Columbia and majored in philosophy in college. 
  • He’s currently engaged to a fellow tech founder: Jennifer Rubio, the cofounder of luggage startup Away.
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Stewart Butterfield is on a roll.

In the early 2000s, Butterfield created Flickr, which sold to Yahoo for over $20 million. Now, his latest venture, Slack, one of the fastest-growing business apps ever, has been acquired by Salesforce for $27.7 billion.

The workplace messaging app, born out of a now-defunct gaming startup Tiny Speck, will help Salesforce compete with its chief rival, Microsoft,

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Despite development slowdown, the state’s life science industry keeps on building

From the industry’s traditional hub in Cambridge’s Kendall Square to emerging hot spots in Fort Point and the Fenway to vast campuses in more distant locations such as the former Fort Devens, life science companies are launching a wide array of projects, fueled by investors attracted to a fast-growing industry.

“There’s just tremendous interest in investing in these sort of projects,” said John Bonnano, chief investment officer at IQHQ, a real estate firm that’s launching two major life science developments here, and earlier this month closed on a $1.7 billion fund to finance more in Boston, San Francisco, and San Diego. “There’s an awful lot of capital out there right now.”

It’s chasing a market that has only become stronger relative to other real estate sectors. Traditional office tenants now occupy about 3 million fewer square feet of space across Greater Boston than they did at the start of the

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Responding To The Future Of Work And Life

By Johnny Clemmons, Global Vice President Industry Business Unit Head of Engineering, Construction, and Operations 

At the beginning of the pandemic, the construction industry was forced to play catch up alongside every other industry, adjusting to work-from-home mandates and an immediate interest in larger living spaces.

But now the tides are changing, with the construction industry have been able to plan and digitize to meet shifting needs – this is especially critical because about 75% of the infrastructure that will exist in 2050 will be via net-new construction.  

The Construction Industry and COVID-19: From a Wrecking Ball to an Innovation Boon

With productivity levels nearly stagnant in the United States between 1947 and 2010, the construction industry was ripe for disruption. As technology advanced, new additions to the arsenal, such as modular building brought a much-needed jolt to the industry.

The pandemic has accelerated building trends like prefabrication. McKinsey estimates 

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Life Science Analytics Software Market to See Record Break Revenue $16.04 billion By 2027

The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Portland, OR, Nov 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Portland, OR, Nov. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global life science analytics software market garnered $5.35 billion in 2019, and is estimated to reach $16.04 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 12.3% from 2020 to 2027. The report offers an extensive analysis of changing market trends, top winning strategies, drivers & opportunities, key segments, and competitive landscape.

Increase in prevalence of chronic diseases, increased demand for enhanced patient outcomes, and surge in adoption of analytics solutions in clinical trials and sales & marketing applications drive the global life science analytics software market. However, scarcity of skilled professionals in developing nations and issues related to data privacy hinder the market growth. On the other hand, advent of big data analytics to raise R&D productivity creates new

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Geniuses in our midst! People share the VERY clever life hacks

Geniuses in our midst! Social media users share their unorthodox life hacks that you’ll wish you’d thought of first

  • Social media users from around the world have been sharing ingenious life hacks
  • Bored Panda gathered a collection of the best solutions to different problems
  • One discovered a way to dispense sanitiser without having to touch the bottle
  • Another shared their clever method of teaching their son how to play baseball

Some people seem to breeze through life impeccably organised, while others can’t seem to get on top of their everyday tasks.

If you’re one of those who gets constantly flummoxed by life’s little inconveniences, luckily some crafty individuals have come up with clever hacks to save you.

Bored Panda has gathered a collection of the most ingenious life hacks shared on Reddit’s

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Taiwan Design Expo in Hsinchu: City as Exhibition Space, Design as Part of Life

TAIPEI, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Executed by the Taiwan Design Research Institute, Hsinchu city has recently hosted the Taiwan Design Expo. The Expo broke spatial format to convert the entire city into the exhibition space. Citizens were invited to enter the city and the exhibition venues, which were also the sites of renovation. With the theme “Check in Hsinchu“, Hsinchu presented two main exhibition venues, six pedestrian routes, and 12 pavilions, along a single axis, and introduced Hsinchu’s unique technological features into design, using magical lights and data to lead people onto a journey through which the 300-year-old ancient city becomes a city of digital technology. The expo also designed and created the “Hsinchu Monsters” in various corners of the city to attract people into the small alleys in the old downtown area, hoping to generate experience and consumption; wandering through those alleys, the visitors not only

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Believe and ramble. Life and reflections’, the book where Jeff Bezos explains how to sell anything on the Internet

The richest man in the world and owner of Amazon , Jeff Bezos , will put on sale on November 19, around the world, his new book called “Create and Divaga. Life and Reflections of Jeff Bezos ” , where the businessman tells how he made his fortune and formed his e-commerce empire.

Jeff Bezos wearing a suit and tie

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At the beginning, the businessman sold a limited number of products in his catalog, among these were books, music and videos, however, he received a message that would change his vision of the business.

The phrase that had a significant impact on his career was “I wish they sold windshield wiper blades, because I have to change them now,” written by a customer in his virtual store, as noted in his book. This comment was a trigger for him to grow successfully. It was at that moment when he perceived the opportunity

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Contract Life-cycle Management Software Market to Get a Boost From the Adoption of Cloud-based Contract Life Cycle Management

The global contract life-cycle management software market size is poised to grow by USD 1.86 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 20% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, the latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Contract Life-cycle Management Software Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire).

The global contract life-cycle management software market is driven by the fact that companies all over the world are increasingly adopting cloud-based systems owing to various benefits such as limited requirements for hardware infrastructure, less

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Google Search brings AR Aussie animals to life


Koala cuteness in your world, courtesy of Google Search.

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Get ready for your mobile devices to get overrun by adorable animals from Down Under.

Google launched a feature Wednesday that’ll use augmented reality to deliver eight life-size animals native to Australia to you. The feature allows people to visualize the detail, movement and scale of some of Australia’s most iconic creatures, including the koala, emu, kangaroo, wombat, kookaburra, echidna, quokka and platypus.

To summon one of the AR animals, merely perform a Google search by its name in your mobile Android or iOS browser. Tap the “View in 3D” button at the bottom of the page and then tap “View in your space.”

Point your device at ground level and your animal will appear on your screen. You can

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The Porsche Taycan Design started Life as a “Porsche Unseen” Concept

Photo credit: Porsche
Photo credit: Porsche

From Autoweek

  • The Porsche Unseen name refers to 15 years of just revealed Concept cars

  • One of them became the Porsche Taycan

  • Michael Mauer, Head of Porsche Design gives details

Porsche just revealed 15 years worth of concept cars never before released to the public called Porsche Unseen. It is 15 years worth of design studies, between 2005-2019, of concept cars that started life with no plan to put it into production. But while these concepts exist as freethinking exercises and are shelved, they are not forgotten: One such model started life in this way and eventually became the Porsche Taycan.

“Take this 960 Turismo Concept. The idea came from the fact that nobody really had a hyper sports car with the proportions of the 918 spyder, but with four seats,”
Michael Mauer, Head of Design at Porsche, told us. “Could we do something like this? Knowing

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