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Collaboration

What is the conceptual difference between Slack and Dropbox?

It might seem odd to compare the two now, but just a few years ago it seemed like Slack and Dropbox were both competing for the same title in the workplace – The Official Platform for Collaboration. Why have things changed so much?

Dropbox managed a company’s documents, whereas Slack managed a company’s messaging.

Which would ultimately be a better tool for collaboration?

It goes without saying that the records and messaging of a company are equally crucial components – but Slack beat Dropbox to successfully combine the two. How? Slack is actually an acronym that  stands for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge”

You can integrate and operate all of your important productivity apps (including Dropbox) right within Slack. 

If you have Dropbox, you can store your documents in the cloud. However, when you needed to send a document to somebody, you still needed to use email to communicate your point. With Slack, you can have easy access to edits, communications, and different versions of your documents while already communicating.

You can use Slack to interact with Dropbox – but you cannot use Dropbox to interact with Slack. The marketplace wins. 

As our work becomes increasingly digital, new hardware will not pave the way to productivity for most companies. It’s software. Companies are able to create more because our internal feedback loops are considerably faster than those of the past. Slack allows us instantaneous access to this feedback loop. We can create, comment, iterate, and approve in one platform. 

When we produce a draft of a certain document, we can edit and approve changes right within Slack. We don’t need to bombard our ever-growing collection of unread emails with something that could be an instant message.

Today especially – everyone is beginning to realize that certain meetings could be emails, instead. We encourage you to recognize that certain emails could be Slack messages, instead. 

The quicker your team can produce, edit, and publish – the faster your company moves up the ladder. This vertical movement compounds upon itself so with each new shipped feature, you separate your company from the businesses that are left to eat your leftovers. The ladder to industry success acts in exponential fashion. 

The past 20 years have yielded incredible breakthroughs in how humans work together as a team. We create tools for people who want that growth to continue.

Logan Vantrease

Customer Success Manager at Nextup.ai