Leadership & Management

Stewart Butterfield: Salvaging the Good

On this podcast episode, the cofounder and CEO of Slack reflects on how he came to be at the head of a top workplace communications enterprise.

June 12, 2020

| by Jenna Garden Jenny Luna

Born in a log cabin in British Columbia, Stewart Butterfield studied philosophy in college, taught himself to code, cofounded Flickr, and then cofounded a video game startup that evolved into the workplace communication tool Slack.

Along the way, Butterfield learned a lot about innovating in the face of failure, considering all voices in decision-making, and creating a company culture that “walks the walk” when it comes to diversity. Listen to his conversation with Tylon Garrett, MBA ’20, on this View From The Top podcast episode.


Stanford GSB’s View From The Top is the Dean’s premier speaker series. It launched in 1978 and is supported in part by the F. Kirk Brennan Speaker Series Fund. During student-led interviews and before a live audience, leaders from around the world share insights on effective leadership, their personal core values, and lessons learned throughout their career.

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