Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield jokingly proposed to Jen Rubio, cofounder of $1.4 billion Away, on Twitter, and the whole thing really confused Silicon Valley (SLCK)

Stewart Butterfield


Slack
CEO and co-founder Stewart Butterfield jokingly proposed
marriage to Away co-founder and president Jen Rubio over Twitter
— but many followers couldn’t figure out whether it was a real
proposal or not. 

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Away, the
luggage startup, landed
a $1.4 billion valuation with a new funding round
.

Butterfield shared the article on Twitter and tweeted to Away
co-founder and president Jen Rubio saying, “Let’s make today a
double-whammy — Jennifer, will you marry me? Promise I’m not just
a golddigger.”

Let’s make today a double-whammy —
@jennifer,
will you marry me? Promise I’m not just a golddigger: https://t.co/CaF9OKkpK1

— Stewart Butterfield (@stewart)
May 14, 2019

Then, Butterfield said that he found out that Rubio is currently
in flight, with no internet access.

Just found out she’s on a flight with no
wifi. Lands in 2.5 hours 🤞

— Stewart Butterfield (@stewart)
May 14, 2019

However, it soon looked like Rubio did actually have WiFi
access, has shown in this apparent Slack exchange between the two
that Butterfield shared on Twitter. 

Okay, okay … on it pic.twitter.com/XbVcoa0t0K

— Stewart Butterfield (@stewart)
May 14, 2019

Shortly thereafrer, Rubio did not directly respond to
Butterfield’s apparent proposal, but rather commented on Away’s
funding round: “This new capital will help us continue to build a
strong business and community of travelers around the world!”

This new capital will help us continue to
build a strong business and community of travelers around the
world! https://t.co/UBuWLywdpS

— Jen Rubio (@jennifer)
May 15, 2019

The original proposal, and the cryptic non-answer of Rubio’s
response, made many in Silicon Valley and beyond wonder if this was
the real deal, prompting perplexed replies.

 

It’s Ramadan and it’s 1.21am. The world
needs answers.

— Isa Mutlib 💚 (@isamutlib)
May 15, 2019

@jack is this
okay?

— Quentin Hardy (@qhardy)
May 14, 2019

is… this a real proposal?

— Sapna Maheshwari (@sapna)
May 14, 2019

I have seen more than a few proposals on
here over years. This just might be one of my favorites.
#random

— Dave Whelan (@djwhelan)
May 14, 2019

Boss you gotta meet her at the gate for this
one.

— Diógenes Brito (@uxdiogenes)
May 14, 2019

ok but…what’s the answer?

— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy)
May 14, 2019

Honestly this whole situation is getting
stressful. This is why I don’t watch romcoms. 😐

— Derrick N Ashong (@DNAtv)
May 15, 2019

About an hour and twenty minutes later, Rubio tweeted that
Butterfield was kidding.

He’s kidding! 😂

— Jen Rubio (@jennifer)
May 15, 2019

away jen rubio

Even Slack employees seemed to be confused by the whole
thing: 

 

The absolute highlight of my day has been
walking up and down the aisles of a United flight from NYC to SFO
showing this to 5 other people who work with us. ❤️🤯

— Brian Elliott (@brianpelliott)
May 15, 2019

For his part, Butterfield seemed to express some contrition for
the joke, after all the confusion:

I shouldn’t tweet

— Stewart Butterfield (@stewart)
May 15, 2019

 

Apart from Rubio’s success at Away, Butterfield has a lot going
on, himself:  Slack filed
to go public
in April. It was officially valued at $7.1 billion
after its latest financing round, last August. On Monday,
Butterfield appeared in a livecast investor presentation
,
laying out Slack’s business for would-be stockholders following the
IPO.

SEE ALSO: Slack
just filed to go public, but experts worry that Microsoft will do
to it what Facebook did to Snapchat


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Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield jokingly proposed to Jen Rubio, cofounder of .4 billion Away, on Twitter, and the whole thing really confused Silicon Valley (SLCK)