• “The dream is every person has their own virtual chief of staff who can read every single message, and then proactively suggest the small number of things that you should be paying attention to today.”

    Stewart Butterfield, CEO, Slack

  • What you’ll hear in this episode

      • The sad, tragic origins of Morse Code
      • An era when you couldn't send a message faster than a physical object
      • The "far-writer"
      • There are physical cables stretched across the oceans everywhere (really!)
      • Just the Fax, Jack: Bet you don't know how old the Fax Machine really is
      • Printers with lasers on them
      • Xerox PARC put Silicon Valley on the (bit)map
      • The quaint first seven words (possibly) ever sent over the Internet
      • All the email breakthroughs from half a century ago that we still use today
      • 78% of all emails are spam
      • Guess who started the "like" function? (Hint: it wasn't Facebook)
      • Slack started because people loved talking to each other while playing video games
      • Transparency and accessibility: The two pillars of effective business communication
      • What if we had an AI personal assistant to filter out all information except what it knew we needed?

  • Guest list


      Stewart Butterfield

      Is the co-founder of the image and video hosting website Flickr and the team messaging platform Slack. Launched in 2014, Slack is the fastest growing business application in history.


      Gary Starkweather

      Is an American engineer and the inventor of the laser printer. He worked for Xerox, Apple Computer and Macintosh Research during his celebrated career.


      Jonathan Coopersmith

      Is a history professor at the University of Texas A&M and the author of Faxed: The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine.


      Katie Hafner

      Is a journalist and the author of Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet.


      Larry Roberts

      Is a scientist who in 1966 helped design a computer network (ARPANET) that eventually became the modern internet. 


      Tom Standage

      Is the Deputy Editor and head of digital strategy at the Economist and author of The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers

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