Dreamforce

  • Salesforce looks to the future with Einstein artificial intelligence

    Salesforce has a history of staying close to the cutting edge of technology, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it announced an artificial intelligence initiative recently, it dubbed Einstein. We caught up with some key members of the Einstein team at Dreamforce earlier this month and asked them to explain the new technology for us. Einstein isn’t a product so much as a set… Read More

  • Apttus looks to the future with bots and virtual reality

    Apttus looks to the future with bots and virtual reality

    Last year Apttus, which provides pricing, quoting and contract building on the Salesforce platform was growing at a crazy rate. It appeared to be headed to IPO or a Salesforce purchase when it got a punch to the gut. Salesforce bought Steelbrick instead. Sources say, Apttus might have gotten greedy, thinking it was the only enterprise CPQ product out there that provided the best fit for… Read More

  • The method in Salesforce’s M&A madness

    The method in Salesforce’s M&A madness

    Salesforce has been on a shopping spree this year, spending in the neighborhood of $5-6 billion on 10 companies. That’s why it was interesting to hear company president, vice chairman and COO, Keith Block talk about what they look for in an acquisition target at a press conference at Dreamforce this week. This is particularly true in the context of rumors that Salesforce was interested… Read More

  • Salesforce took a horizontal turn when it bought Quip

    Salesforce took a horizontal turn when it bought Quip

    When Salesforce purchased Quip last summer for $750 million, it seemed at face value to be an unusual acquisition for the cloud CRM company — Salesforce tends to concentrate on more vertical targets. In fact, at a press conference this week at Dreamforce, Salesforce president, vice chairman and COO Keith Block — yes, he has all those titles — said when asked about the… Read More

  • Lights, cameras, Dreamforce

    Lights, cameras, Dreamforce

    Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff knows a thing or two about how to put on a good show. As usual, he pulled out all the stops this week at Dreamforce, his company’s massive customer conference in San Francisco. He was boasting at the keynote that 175,000 people registered online (and another 15 million were watching online). I can tell you most people I spoke to didn’t… Read More

  • Zenefits makes licensing compliance app available for free in the Salesforce App Exchange

    Zenefits makes licensing compliance app available for free in the Salesforce App Exchange

    Zenefits announced this week, it was making a licensing compliance app it created in-house to ensure its sales people are properly licensed to sell insurance in a given state, available for free to anyone to download from the Salesforce App Exchange. Last winter Zenefits was sailing along providing HR services in the cloud for small and medium businesses when a bombshell hit. Buzzfeed… Read More

  • Egnyte announces deep partnership with Microsoft…at Dreamforce

    Egnyte announces deep partnership with Microsoft…at Dreamforce

    Egnyte announced today that moving forward, it would be using Microsoft Azure as its primary cloud partner. While it would continue to support other cloud vendors like market leader AWS, it likely means that the company sees the best way to succeed inside the Azure ecosystem. In an interesting twist, instead of making the announcement last week at Microsoft’s Ignite conference… Read More

  • Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe Talks Growing Pains And IPO Plans At Dreamforce

    In the midst of the chaos of the Dreamforce conference floor, we interviewed Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe at the company’s booth today. We discussed Apttus’ rapid growth and how he has dealt with the challenges of growing so quickly. Earlier this month, the company landed $108 million in funding. This comes after $41 million raised in February and brings the total investment to… Read More

  • Salesforce Hopes To Ride Analytics Wave With New Business Intelligence Service

    Salesforce Hopes To Ride Analytics Wave With New Business Intelligence Service

    Salesforce.com will unveil a new analytics service tomorrow morning they have dubbed Wave. The product will be introduced by CEO Marc Benioff at the company’s Dreamforce customer conference in San Francisco, but according to a Salesforce spokesperson, it is already available in the AppExchange now. It was one of the worst kept secrets in technology as just about everyone I talked to… Read More

  • Salesforce Introduces Interactive Mobile Customer Service And Gives Core CRM A Makeover

    Salesforce Introduces Interactive Mobile Customer Service And Gives Core CRM A Makeover

    Dreamforce, Salesforce.com’s conference extravaganza, is coming next week, and Salesforce has some big announcements ahead of their showcase starting with an update to their core CRM product, now known as Sales Cloud 1 and their customer service piece, now known as Service Cloud 1. All of their nifty branding aside, it is an attempt by Salesforce to spiff up the platform, which is 15… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Dreamforce 2013 Live

    Gillmor Gang: Dreamforce 2013 Live

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Adam Bosworth, John Taschek, John Rymer, and Steve Gillmor — gathered at Dreamforce 2013 to celebrate what @scobleizer called the maturing of mobile. On the Salesforce Live TV set, it was hard to hear each other over the bustle and roar of the show floor. But not so hard to miss the excitement as Salesforce rolled out the Salesforce1 platform. The… Read More

  • Two Harvard University Alum Win Disputed Salesforce $1M Hackathon Prize At Dreamforce [Updated]

    Two Harvard University Alum Win Disputed Salesforce $1M Hackathon Prize At Dreamforce [Updated]

    Two developers who met at Harvard University 15 years ago are the winners of the Salesforce.com $1 million hackathon for its service to create mobile reports for sales people using the Salesforce.com platform. The app, called Upshot, was developed by Thom Kim and Joseph Turian. The service parses data in plain English, connects via API and then presents results for the smartphone or… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Daft Monopolists

    Gillmor Gang: Daft Monopolists

    The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — act their age in the style of Steve Ballmer, who thinks he’s of an older time where the world’s not going. I’m not so sure he’s right about that, what with SnapChat taking a pass on $3 billion ephemeral oh-so-direct messages. Surely the snark social leader fits like a glove with… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Good Vibrations

    Gillmor Gang: Good Vibrations

    The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Adam Bosworth, Robert Scoble, Victoria Barret, and Steve Gillmor — convened at Dreamforce 2012 to honor the burgeoning Celebration of the Cloud. As Marc Benioff and Sir Richard Branson strolled past the Salesforce Live studio at the entrance to the Expo floor, the Gang recalled the birth of Web Services that @benioff correctly construed as the… Read More

  • Marc Benioff Highlights Man, Machines, And Social Networks In Dreamforce Keynote

    Marc Benioff Highlights Man, Machines, And Social Networks In Dreamforce Keynote

    A theme is emerging Marc Benioff’s keynote. Man, machines and social networks are part of the next evolution in technology and compares to the movements of the past forty years dating back to the mainframe. The talk began with a video that featured a woman who tells her car she wants to go to work. It showed a man using an immersive environment and gestures to command a network of… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Apple's Hammerlock on the Tablet Market

    Gillmor Gang 8.20.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Seth Goldstein, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — sat in awe of Apple’s massive hammerlock on the tablet market. What the New York Times called 97% of the purchased category became crystal clear as HP folded its cards and went home to an uncertain future. @seth, founder of the viral music startup turntable.fm, seemed as thrilled… Read More

  • DreamForce Kinect

    Sometimes it gets so hard to begin a post. This is not one of those times. Marc Benioff tells the story of how Bill Clinton was delayed coming out here for his session at Dreamforce 2010, was going to be an hour late, 15,000 people ready for POTUS 42, now what? Then Marc noticed Stevie Wonder walking down the hall toward him, taking Benioff up on his invitation to see Clinton speak and then… Read More

  • Sunday Special: $99 One-Day Pass to Dreamforce

    Wanna go to this week’s Dreamforce conference but don’t have $1,200 bucks to spare for a full three-day pass? TechCrunch scored 100 one-day passes at $99 each (these are exclusive for TechCrunch readers—you cannot get a one-day pass anywhere else). These will let you attend the conference any one day (November 3rd, 4th, or 5th), see all the keynotes that day (Marc… Read More