Slack cofounder: ‘We didn’t have a sense of the scale it could grow to’

If there’s anything Cal Henderson knows about, it’s scaling technology to keep up with extremely rapid growth.

As cofounder and CTO of Slack, maker of the wildly popular cloud-based team communication software by the same name, Henderson has seen the technological demands on his company skyrocket since it launched into beta two years ago Friday.

Among his challenges: Scaling both technical capacity and culture while hiring 60 engineers in 12 months and expanding the technical infrastructure to accommodate the demands of a user base that grew to 750,000 daily active users in a single year.

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