Stewart Butterfield

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Stewart Butterfield
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Stewart Butterfield in 2006
Born Daniel Stewart Butterfield
1973 (age 42–43)
Lund, British Columbia, Canada
Alma mater University of Victoria (1996)
Clare College, Cambridge (1998)
Occupation Entrepreneur and businessman
Known for Co-founder of Flickr
Founder of Slack
Spouse(s) Caterina Fake (2001–2007)

Daniel Stewart Butterfield (born 1973) is a Canadian entrepreneur and businessman, best known for being a co-founder of the photo sharing website Flickr and team messaging application Slack.

Early life and education[edit]

Butterfield was born in Lund, British Columbia in 1973.[1] He was educated at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia. He received a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Victoria in 1996.[2] Butterfield went on to earn a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in 1998, where he specialized in the philosophy of biology, cognitive science, and the philosophy of mind.

Career[edit]

Ludicorp and Flickr[edit]

In the summer of 2002, he co-founded Ludicorp in Vancouver with Caterina Fake and Jason Classon.[3][4] Ludicorp initially developed a massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Game Neverending. The game did not launch, but the company then started a photo sharing website called Flickr. In March 2005 Ludicorp was acquired by Yahoo!, where Butterfield continued as the General Manager of Flickr until he left Yahoo on July 12, 2008.[5][6]

Tiny Speck[edit]

In 2009 Butterfield cofounded a new company called Tiny Speck.[7] Tiny Speck launched its first project, the massively multiplayer game Glitch, on September 27, 2011. Glitch was later closed due to its failure to attract a sufficiently large audience. The game world closed down on December 9, 2012, but the web site, with most of the content, is still available.[8][9] In January 2013, it was announced that the company would make most of the game's art available under a Creative Commons license.[10][11] On December 9, 2014, a fan project to relaunch Glitch under the name Eleven began alpha testing.[12]

Slack[edit]

In August 2013, Butterfield announced the release of Slack, an instant-message-based team communication tool built by Tiny Speck while working on Glitch.[13][14] Since its public release in February 2014, the tool has grown at a weekly rate of 5 to 10 percent, with more than 120,000 daily users registered in the first week of August 2014. As of August 2014, Slack has garnered US$1.5 million in revenue and raised US$60 million in venture capital. In early 2014, the data for Slack's first six-month usage period since the preview release was published, showing that nearly 16,000 users were registered without the use of any form of advertising—growth was based solely upon word-of-mouth.[15][16]

Butterfield secured an office for Slack employees in San Francisco in 2014 and was expected to commence recruitment during the second half of the year.[15]

As of December 2015, Slack has raised US$340 million in venture capital and has more than 2 million daily active users, of which 570,000 are paid customers.[17]

Slack was named Inc. Magazine’s 2015 company of the year.[18]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2005, Butterfield was named one of Businessweek's "Top 50" Leaders[19] in the entrepreneur category. In the same year, he was also named in the TR35, a list collated by MIT in its MIT Technology Review publication, as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35 years.[20][21] In 2006, he was named in the "Time 100", Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world,[22] and also appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.[23][24]

In November 2008, Butterfield received the "Legacy Distinguished Alumni Award" from the University of Victoria.[25]

In 2015, Stewart was named the Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovator for 2015,[26] awarded TechCrunch’s Founder of the Year Crunchie,[27] and included in Vanity Fair’s New Establishment,[28] Advertising Age’s Creative 50,[29] and Details’ Digital Mavericks lists.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Butterfield was married to Caterina Fake, his Flickr co-founder, from 2001[31] to 2007.[32] They have one daughter together, who was born in 2007.[33]

Butterfield maintained a personal website and blog at sylloge.com starting in 1998; the most recent entry is from 2007.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kosoff, Maya (2 September 2015). "14 Surprising Facts About Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield". inc.com. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Flickr Co-Founder Among UVic Legacy Awards Recipients" (Press release). University of Victoria. November 17, 2008. 
  3. ^ Livingston, Jessica (2008). Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days. Apress. p. 257. 
  4. ^ "The Ludicorp Team". Ludicorp. Ludicorp Research & Development Ltd. Archived from the original on October 26, 2003. 
  5. ^ Arrington, Michael (June 17, 2008). "Flickr Co-founders Join Mass Exodus From Yahoo". TechCrunch. 
  6. ^ Butterfield's creative resignation letter addressed to Brad Garlinghouse.
  7. ^ Swisher, Kara (August 23, 2010). "Flickr Co-Founder Butterfield Talks About His New Game Start-Up, Glitch". AllThingsD. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ Boyd, E.B. (September 27, 2011). "A Flickr Founder's Glitch: Can A Game That Wants You To Play Nice Be A Blockbuster?". Fast Company. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Vancouver’s Tiny Speck puts massively multiplayer game Glitch online". Vancouver Sun. September 27, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ Beschizza, Rob (January 25, 2013). "Shuttered online game Glitch gets new life in the Creative Commons". BoingBoing. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Gera, Emily (January 24, 2013). "Glitch developer shares assets under Creative Commons license following closure of game". Polygon. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "‘Two Years Past’ or ‘Welcome Home’". The Eleven Project. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Tam, Donna (August 14, 2013). "Flickr founder plans to kill company e-mails with Slack". CNET. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ Thomas, Owen (August 14, 2013). "Die, Email, Die! A Flickr Cofounder Aims To Cut Us All Some Slack". ReadWrite. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Mat Honan (7 July 2014). "The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Marc Andreessen". Marc Andreessen on Twitter. Twitter. 9 February 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ Gage, Deborah (December 15, 2015). "Slack Raises $80 Million Fund to Support Platform Strategy". Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  18. ^ Bercovici, Jeff (November 23, 2015). "Slack Is Our Company of the Year. Here's Why Everybody's Talking About It". Inc. Magazine. Inc.com. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  19. ^ "2005 Top Leaders: Entrepreneurs". Businessweek. 2005. 
  20. ^ "2005 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  21. ^ "TR35 2005". Technology Review. 2005. 
  22. ^ "2006 Time 100". Time. 2006. Archived from the original on May 2, 2006. 
  23. ^ Newsweek cover image
  24. ^ Levy, Steven (April 2, 2006). "The New Wisdom of the Web". Newsweek. 
  25. ^ "Flickr co-founder makes it big with an arts degree". Times Colonist. November 26, 2008. Archived from the original on November 26, 2008. 
  26. ^ Stevenson, Seth (November 5, 2015). "Stewart Butterfield, Email Killer". Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  27. ^ Kumparak, Greg (February 5, 2015). "Slack’s Co-Founders Take Home The Crunchie For Founder Of The Year". TechCrunch. TechCrunch. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  28. ^ Bilton, Nick (September 30, 2015). "New Establishment List 2015". Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  29. ^ Peterson, Tim (December 21, 2015). "Creativity 50 2015: Stewart Butterfield". Advertising Age. Advertising Age. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  30. ^ Angio, Joe (April 7, 2015). "Digital Mavericks 2015". Details Magazine. Details Magazine. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  31. ^ Chatterjee, Pia (September 12, 2007). "Love, e-company style". Business 2.0 Magazine. CNN Money. 
  32. ^ Leonard, Devin (July 28, 2010). "What You Want: Flickr Creator Spins Addictive New Web Service". Wired. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  33. ^ Thomas, Owen (July 12, 2007). "Silicon Valley’s baby boom". Gawker. 
  34. ^ Butterfield,, Stewart. "About sylloge.com". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. 

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