92: Slack Leaves the Market


June 20th, 2019

30 mins 13 secs

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About this Episode

The world received amazing news in the form of a great gift: Slack is making a major change in the market—it’s leaving!

Ben and Derrick share their thoughts on Slack’s reasonable and rational decision to remove remote control functionality. What happens now? Try Tuple! Just sayin’, actually that’s what Tuple customers are suggesting.

Today’s Topics Include:

  • Improve Slack Calls: Reason for removing rarely used remote control feature
  • Kicking marketing machine into gear: Customers’ kind words generated surge in requests for access to Tuple
  • Slack and Screenhero Saga: Complete story of acquisition and pair programming will probably never be told
  • Keep shipping, swinging, and taking shots by increasing luck surface area and learning from previous successes and failures
  • Dear Dvorak user, is it time to switch? Tuple’s shipping international keyboard support
  • Big deals keep coming in for Ben; it’s great to sometimes say, “No”
  • Derrick’s writing cadence continues; flattered by onslaught of positivity from people
  • Product/Founder Fit: Be passionate about product or business before building it
  • Pressure to be Perfect: Don’t sweat the small stuff, just the details

Links and resources:

Art of Product on Twitter

Derrick Reimer Website

Derrick Reimer on Twitter

Just Keep Shipping by Derrick Reimer

Ben Orenstein Website

Ben Orenstein on Twitter


Tuple’s Pair Programming Guide


Level Retrospective


Removal of remote screen control in Slack calls





The Dvorak Keyboard

Adam Watham