A former Googler and Twitter executive reveals how she rose through the ranks and landed one of the most important jobs at Silicon Valley’s hottest startup, Slack

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April Underwood

April Underwood has worked at two of Silicon Valley’s most iconic internet companies: Google and Twitter.

Now she’s heading up the product team at Slack, the red-hot $5 billion workplace chat startup that’s expected to IPO next year.

In an exclusive profile with Business Insider, Underwood discusses:

  • Taking the reins on product from Slack’s visionary founder Stewart Butterfield.
  • The reason why so many consumer internet executives and managers are jumping into the once-unsexy enterprise software world.
  • Her vision for transforming Slack into the world’s communications hub.

“I think there are a lot of people finding that working in enterprise, you build the best software you can and sell it for what feels like a fair price,” Underwood says. “It’s a simplification in a way because you’re not balancing for two different audiences. You’re just building for your customers.”

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