It’s not just that it’s user-friendly, easy to adopt and fun (think bots, emoji…). It’s much more than that: Slack has successfully solved long-running team communication issues. Before Slack, internal emails were the communication medium for most teams. Result: they were for the most part lost, ignored and basically inefficient.
It’s not surprising when you recall emails derive from the written letter format. And I think we can all agree that letters are definitely not designed for instantaneous and synchronous communication. With the advent of easier ways of communicating, emails start to feel like an outdated medium.
This is most obvious when you look at the shift that’s happened in our personal spheres: the chat is the standard medium when you need to contact your buddy, you reserve email for more formal conversation. Communicating with your friends and family has never been so easy.
Yet, as this revolution was going on in our personal lives, communicating with our colleagues continued to rhyme with cluttered inboxes. We all recall the infamous article Dear Microsoft where Slack states “Communication is hard, yet it is the most fundamental thing we do as human beings.” A reminder that even the biggest companies had failed to crack this issue for teams.
Slack noticed how efficiently chat apps were solving communication between friends and family and saw their potential in solving teamwork communication. And when you look at the facts (50,000+ paying teams and a $5 billion valuation), it was the right call.
Slack’s awesome but it hasn’t solved the whole of team collaboration. In fact, it’s setting new expectations for “teamwork 2.0”. The bar is set pretty high: now that we all communicate more efficiently, it feels like everything involving team collaboration should be so “easy”.
Chat is ideal for synchronous work. It’s less convenient for asynchronous work and building content as a team: it results in too many notifications, loss of focus and buried information.
The point is, so many interesting thoughts and ideas are shared in Slack. Your team thinks fast: you gotta structure all that information into processes, best practices and content. Communicating is half of the work, the other half is sharing and collaborating on content.
Today, the reflex is to collaborate on documents. Just like emails were derived from letters, documents come from, well, documents. The point is that it’s not a collaborative medium: from its format to its bulky editing options to its less than accessible folder structure. Think about it: the last time you had an idea, did you jot it down in a doc app such as Word or Google Docs? No, you took out your note app because it’s instantaneous, more mobile and accessible.
Enters Slite, the first note app for teams that we’re building to bring instantaneity, mobility and accessibility to team content creation and sharing. Slack’s mission is to bring the chat to teams and kill internal emails. Ours is to bring the power of notes to teams and kill docs.
Say farewell to the days of lost and duplicated documents and hello to the ease of notes. Notes simplify team content creating and sharing as a team just as chat simplifies communicating as a team.
They work hand in hand: Slite declutters users’ Slack and makes information more retrievable.
Moreover, users can share Slite notes directly into Slack. As our product evolves, the integration will deepen: letting users edit & comment on Slite notes directly from Slack, search Slite notes via Slack, handles and groups and even ping team mates from Slack.
Together, Slite and Slack are a power couple 👫: they will change the way you work as a team, ensuring your team’s work stays transparent and that everything you share is never lost and forever accessible.
Laure Albouy is Slite's first marketing hire and in charge of Product Marketing. Her role? Making sure our users get the most out of Slite —including guides, product announcements, market research and more. Laure lives in Paris and is a pasta afficionada.