Messaging start-up Slack draws interest from Amazon

A deal could value the company at at least $9 billion. Slack is a platform where employees can send messages, collaborate, organise and share files.

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Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, talks during the business messaging company's event in San Francisco.

Slack Technologies Inc, a corporate chat room startup, has received inquiries about a potential takeover from technology companies, including Amazon.com Inc, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

A deal could value the company at at least $9 billion, the report said, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Slack declined to comment, while Amazon did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Slack is a platform where employees can send messages, collaborate, organise and share files.

The technology also integrates with a wide variety of business software – such as Salesforce.com Inc and Microsoft Corp's Skype.

The San Francisco-based company has raised more than $500 million from venture capitalists and was valued at $3.8 billion at its last private financing round a year ago.

Source: 
Reuters