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Think globally, microblog locally
Sat, 09 Feb 2019

I vaguely remember that Facebook had/has a business-focused product that is basically just like Facebook, but without your friends/family and strictly for business. That could have competed with Slack, but the brand is too toxic. Google has Hangouts/Chat (or whatever they call it), but maybe Google Plus was a better solution. All of those products are languishing. So the morale of said story to startups is to find an original idea that's not easy, and you might just have the field to yourself. Even LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, could have played in the space. I really don't know why Slack pretty much stands alone, but it's sure good for them.