Samir Diwan

Samir Diwan
Thrives in chaos. Canadian. Wants to be an astronaut when he grows up.

Recent Posts

Samir Diwan - February 13, 2019 -
5 Min Read

Announcing Polly's $7M Series A led by Madrona Venture Group. Here's how we're investing that back into you.

2019 is going to be a huge year for Polly users.  We’ve spent the past four years of this company almost exclusively focused on building a valuable product. Our objective has always been to listen to our users, and building a compelling product based off their feedback. That’s what we’ve done, and that’s what we’re going to continue doing, but at a faster pace.

Samir Diwan - July 11, 2017 -
3 Min Read

We’ve reached the inflection point for bottom-up software adoption in the enterprise

Slack isn’t just an example of successful bottom-up adoption, it’s also a catalyst that is making it easier for other SaaS companies to do the same thing.

Samir Diwan - April 11, 2017 -
3 Min Read

What's on the menu today for Polly?

At Polly, our mission is to change the culture of polls and surveys at the workplace. And we’re doing this by providing a solution that’s for everyone - engineering, sales, support, marketing, and others - not just HR.  Almost 2 years ago we launched our first version of Polly for Slack and set the company on a course to achieve this mission.

Samir Diwan - March 14, 2017 -
4 Min Read

Why Microsoft Teams is a big deal

For the first time in the history of software, there is a dedicated distribution channel for developers to easily reach tens of millions of enterprise users. That is a big deal.

Samir Diwan - March 09, 2017 -
4 Min Read

Slack vs Microsoft Teams vs Google Hangouts Chat

Enterprise Messaging Platform Wars

Google has been making a big push into the enterprise over the past year with Google Cloud, and they’re continuing down that trend with today’s announcement of their new Hangouts Chat. Hangouts Chat will be distributed alongside GSuite, and is meant to compete with collaborative enterprise messaging platforms like Slack and the upcoming Microsoft Teams.

Samir Diwan - March 02, 2017 -
4 Min Read

When you should (and shouldn’t) run your employee surveys in Slack

Over the past 10 years, employee surveys have traditionally been run via a combination of email and the web. Employees typically get an email, need to click on a link, then complete the survey on the web.


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