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Stewart Butterfield on his Unicorn status: "It's arbitrary as fuck. There's no logic to what you get valued at"

By Sarah Lacy , written on February 10, 2015

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"I'm the nice Canadian version (of Travis Kalanick)" declared Slack and Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield at our PandoMonthly last week. I was asking him about his demands for a $1 billion valuation when he last raised money. You've likely read the account already in Fortune's excellent Unicorn cover story, but here is more on why he demanded the price in Butterfield's own words.

It may be arbitrary, but that doesn't mean it's inconsequential when you are trying to build a company, he argues. There are all the usual arguments, but the most interesting point to me to get a $1 billion price was the same reason many people argue against it: You have pretty much priced yourself out of an acquisition. Butterfield explains in the clip.

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[photo by Geoffrey Ellis]