Team messaging app startup, Slack, has officially commenced its operations in Australia with the opening of its Melbourne headquarters.
The new office is to serve as the company’s Asia-Pacific headquarters and is located in the heritage Carlton Brewery site in Melbourne.
Victorian minister for small business, innovation and trade, Philip Dalidakis, officiated the opening alongside the company’s co-founder and chief executive, Stewart Butterfield.
Butterfield said Melbourne offers a wealth of talent, which made choosing the city as Slack’s Asia-Pacific headquarters an easy decision.
“We live in a golden age of software. Work tools are finally benefitting from the type of exciting innovation we’ve seen in consumer apps for years. We’re making a big investment here in Australia to grow our own Slack team, but more importantly to help teams of all sizes be happier and more productive,” he added.
Butterfield also mentioned that the office opening will create 70 new local jobs that are largely customer experience roles with a view to expanding in the future.
Since launching in February 2014, the company has experienced growth of up to 2.3 million active users and 1.5 billion messages sent per month.