#Asia Brief: Amazon said to be eyeing Slack for takeover


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The news:

  • Office chat app Slack has reportedly received inquiries about a potential takeover from several companies, particularly Amazon.
  • A deal could give Slack a valuation of at least US$9 billion, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. The company is now valued at US$3 billion, after a US$200 million round in 2016. The parties declined to comment on the report.

Why it matters:

  • A potential takeover will mark some sort of consolidation in the space, which has seen heated rivalry among tech giants this year.
  • In February, Amazon itself announced its Chime service, which targets enterprises with its video-conferencing and chat features. Then in March, Google unveiled its new Hangouts app, adding threaded conversations and virtual rooms, while Microsoft introduced its chat-based workspace, Office 365. All these are challenging Slack, which debuted an enterprise version of its software that allows tens of thousands of employees to collaborate across teams.

Source: Bloomberg.

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