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April Underwood, the chief product officer at workplace collaboration platform Slack, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her career, diversity in Silicon Valley and the future of work.
In this episode:
- 02:06 - How Underwood got from Texas to tech
- 05:36 - Moving to Oregon to work for Intel, and back to Texas
- 07:09 - What does a product manager actually do?
- 09:32 - Organizing content at Google
- 11:01 - Why she left Google for Twitter
- 15:50 - Why Slack is better than email
- 20:02 - AOL at Work and the danger of outages
- 24:15 - Slack’s growing valuation and staying independent
- 27:55 - How Slack works and how it integrates with other services
- 32:34 - Security and innovation
- 35:43 - The biggest obstacles Slack faces
- 40:45 - The features users are asking for the most
- 45:45 - #Angels and “the gap table"
- 49:55 - How does Slack fare on diversity?
- 51:22 - Is Silicon Valley getting better at diversity and inclusion?
- 53:13 - “Where we are now is the dark timeline"
- 56:52 - What would Underwood do if she were running Twitter?
- 58:43 - The future of work