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Message startup Slack said to draw interest from Amazon.com

June 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Chicago Tribune

Corporate chatroom startup Slack Technologies has received recent inquiries about a potential takeover from technology companies including Amazon.com, people with knowledge of the situation said, a deal that would be the internet-commerce giant's biggest ever.

San Francisco-based Slack could be valued at at least $9 billion in a sale, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. An agreement isn't assured and discussions may not go further.

Buying Slack would help Seattle-based Amazon bolster its enterprise services as it seeks to compete with rivals like Microsoft and Alphabet's Google. The company's cloud-hosting unit, Amazon Web Services, in February unveiled a paid-for video and audio conferencing service -- Amazon Chime -- that lets users chat and share content.

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