Slack, An 8-Month-Old App That Lets You Chat With Coworkers, Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion

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Slack, the app that lets you chat with coworkers, is worth $1.12 billion by raising $120 million in capital. This was co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures, as well as Slack’s previous investors.

The company says it already has 73,000 paid users and is currently adding $1 million in annual run rate every four weeks. Slack might sound like an overnight sensation, but CEO Stewart Butterfield instigated the idea out of a company he launched more than four years ago. Butterfield also founded the Yahoo-owned photo site Flickr. Read More>>

HOW TO EXERCISE YOUR CREATIVE MUSCLE

Creativity is often believed to be a talent, where it’s really more of a skill. Experts believe that the key to coming up with creative breakthroughs at work might be to let the creative side play in the off hours.

Jean Maginnis, founder and executive director of the Maine Center for Creativity in Portland, believes that many people who have achieved such breakthroughs have a common denominator: They engage themselves in creative expression, such as writing, painting, performing, or some other arts-related endeavor. She suggests simpler ways to begin such as jotting down your ideas in a notebook for a week. You may find some gems in the mix to charge your ideas further into a creative explosion. Read More>>

Army Eyes 3-D Printed Food For Soldiers

The Army is trying to implement 3-D printers for their day to day activities, the latest being the development of 3-D print food for soldiers.

Army researchers will try to find ways to 3-D print nutritious food with less heavy packaging than the current military meals.The Department of Defense has just approved research funding and the research may take some time to produce results. While regular printers put ink on paper, 3-D printers blast liquids and powders into complex shapes. But it’s not clear if printers could mold a solid like carrots — and what would happen to the food’s nutritional value.

According to military scientists and 3-D experts, these meals for soldiers are on track to be ready by 2025. Read More>>