Slack puts $80m on the table to attract app developers to its collaboration platform

Andy Boxall

In App Development, news

December 17, 2015

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Workplace collaboration platform Slack has opened the Slack Fund, an $80m fund to encourage developers to build apps and tools that work and interact with Slack. The Slack Fund is backed by six of Slack’s investors — Accel, Andreessen-Horowitz, Index Ventures, KPCB, Spark, and Social Capital.

In a blog post announcing the fund, Slack says it’s targeting small companies and developers who may be considering making their new project compatible with Slack, or investigating a “Slack-first” app.

Slack has launched the Slack Fund, Botkit, and Slack App Directory to push its platform forward

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The post says:

“We expect our portfolio to feature a diverse array of entrepreneurs working on solving problems for teams in every industry, function, and corner of the world. We’ll measure the success of the Slack Fund in the quality and adoption of the apps built by Slack Fund companies and by the overall investment we see in the Slack ecosystem.”

Additionally, Slack has launched Botkit, a development framework for creating apps and bots using a flexible codebase that’s compatible with the Slack API. It has also opened the Slack App Directory, which currently holds 160 apps for Slack.

Slack is accepting submissions for the Slack Fund via email, and has also published more technical details on developing for the platform here.