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Slack: less meetings, more animals that can kill you

Companies love a good theme for their meeting room names, be they colours, inventors or trees. But the naming system behind Slack’s new offices in Melbourne might be the best yet.

As Slack’s Linda Shaw explains: “The first one is irikundji, which is box jellyfish. All our conference rooms are named after animals that will kill you in Australia.”

Other rooms include:

Board Room: Great White

Conference Rooms:

– Saltwater

– Dropbear

– Dandarabilla (inland Taipan)

– Redback

Silo – irukandji

Nothing like a friendly work environment.

The business messaging app opened its sumptuous new office space in the old Carlton Brewery site in Melbourne today, and released a walk-through video to showcase some of the features of the lavish-looking space.

The venues include wooden floors which are nailed instead of glued in, so “in 100 years time when this floor gets lifted it can have another life” according to Jeremy McLeod, of Breathe Architects, which designed the space.

Sticking with Slack’s ethos of making life simpler for peopl, its bathrooms come equipped with toothpaste and toothbrushes and hand-creams, while it also has indoor forests, lounges and meeting cubicles. In reception you’ll find live Twitter feeds or “love tweets for Slack” scrolling through constantly, as well.

The new office is also the headquarters for Slack in Asia Pacific, and the company, which turned over $64m last year, reckons it will create 70 jobs locally.


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