Messaging startup Slack said to draw interest from Amazon: Reuters

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

A deal could value the company at at least US$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.

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

Both, Amazon and Slack were not immediately available to comment outside of regular U.S. business hours.

Update: Slack, which has an office in Vancouver, was launched in 2014 by CEO Stewart Butterfield, a Canadian entrepreneur.

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

(This story has been edited by Kirk Falconer, editor of PE Hub Canada)

Photo of Stewart Butterfield courtesy of Reuters/Beck Diefenbach