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Global Management Forum 2018

Slack wants to be your 'virtual chief of staff'

CEO envisions business messaging app as 'hub for everything'

Slack Technologies CEO Stewart Butterfield describes the potential of his company's app at the Nikkei Global Management Forum on Nov. 7.

TOKYO -- Slack Technologies envisions building its eponymous messaging app into a "virtual chief of staff" -- an assistant that will gather information and suggest actions using artificial intelligence and other advanced technology -- co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield said on Wednesday.

"I am interested in a project where people can have their own virtual chief of staff, who can read every message and obtain information, and suggest things ... to generally make our life easier," Butterfield told the Nikkei Global Management Forum in Tokyo.

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