Rumor: Amazon makes overtures to Slack for possible matrimony

Ilan Frank, Head of Product at Slack, presents during the business messaging company's event in San Francisco, California, U.S. January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/Files

REUTERS – Slack Technologies, a corporate messaging and collaboration software startup, has received inquiries about a potential takeover from technology companies including, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

A deal could value the company at at least $9 billion, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Slack is a platform where employees can send messages, collaborate, organize and share files. The technology also integrates with a wide variety of business software – such as Inc and Microsoft Corp’s Skype – so employees can do all their work within Slack.

The San Francisco-based company has raised more than $500 million from venture capitalists and was valued at $3.8 billion at its last private financing round a year ago.

Both companies were not immediately available to comment outside of regular US business hours.

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)

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