Open source, on-premises, Slack-alternative

We’re a YC-backed indie video game company releasing an open source alternative to Slack.

It’s called “Mattermost” and it’s the team communication service our company’s run on since last year. Like Slack, you can send messages and files across channels, get notifications on unreads and mentions, and search history–all from your PC or smartphone.

Unlike Slack, Mattermost is open source. You can download the code, run it on your own servers, and modify it as you wish.

This was bound to happen sooner or later. Appears to be written in Go.

Slack booms, adds Head of Platform to guide future growth

Workplace collaboration platform Slack has been a runaway success since opening for business just over a year ago: the company co-founded and led by Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield now has 1.1 million daily active users, with 300,000 of them paying for premium tiers of the service bringing in annual recurring revenue of $25 million. Now, Slack is stepping up its game and getting more serious about how it builds out its wider ecosystem. April Underwood — a longtime director of product at Twitter — has been appointed Slack’s first head of platform, a new role at the company.

As Slack Hits 1M Daily Users And 900K Integration Installs, It Hires April Underwood As Head Of Platform | TechCrunch

During my talk on Slack at CALIcon15 someone asked why I was putting my internal communication eggs into a basket that may b be home in a year. I replied that I thought Slack would be around next year and for years to come. This move seems to support my position.

AUWCL Offers Online Courses Aimed at New Graduates and Mid-Career Professionals

The Office of Online Education at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) offers online programs geared towards new graduates and mid-career professionals. With select courses available to students worldwide, online learners can participate in certificate and for-credit programs at Washington College of Law in a variety of topics, all while maintaining their day-to-day responsibilities. This year, WCL welcomed online participants from across the U.S. and around the world, including Honduras, Italy, Oman, Spain, Russia, and Turkey, among others.

Sounds like an interesting program. I wonder what tech they are using to run the courses.

My Twitter Digest for 06/23/2015