Marc Benioff

  • Marc Benioff is returning to Disrupt SF

    Marc Benioff is returning to Disrupt SF

    There are lots of things you could say about Marc Benioff. Like, that he cofounded and runs Salesforce, one of the world’s biggest cloud computing companies. Or that he’s also a book author. Or that, last Halloween, he dressed like a pirate and spent hours handing out candy to kids in his San Francisco neighborhood. (True story.) Yet Benioff may eventually be… Read More

  • Roofstock launches marketplace for purchasing rented homes

    Roofstock launches marketplace for purchasing rented homes

    Armed with $13.25 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, Ron Conway, Marc Benioff, Bain Capital and others, Roofstock is launching a marketplace for buying and selling already-rented homes. The idea is that if you buy a home that currently has tenants, you avoid the hassle of finding renters and the investment property will immediately generate cash flow. Sellers can also list properties… Read More

  • Marc Benioff Offers Some Insight Into Thinking Behind SteelBrick Purchase

    Marc Benioff Offers Some Insight Into Thinking Behind SteelBrick Purchase

    When Salesforce announced it was buying quote-to-cash vendor SteelBrick for $360 million at the end of last year, it came as a surprise. CEO Marc Benioff offered some insight into why he made the purchase at today’s Salesforce Lightning CRM launch event. The move has to be seen in the context of comments made at a Dreamforce press event last fall with Keith Block, who was named COO today. Read More

  • The List Of Crunchies Presenters Is On Fire This Year

    The List Of Crunchies Presenters Is On Fire This Year

    Each year, the startup community comes together in the name of innovation to celebrate the highlights, accomplishments and feats of brilliance of the past year. John Oliver once called it “the biggest group of high-functioning nerds.” We call it the 9th Annual Crunchies Award Show. Read More

  • Nuzzel Revamps Its Social News App And Raises $1.7M

    Nuzzel Revamps Its Social News App And Raises $1.7M

    Social news aggregator Nuzzel is unveiling version 2.0 of its website and app — a version that CEO Jonathan Abrams described as “Nuzzel for Everyone.” Nuzzel previously worked by creating a feed of the most-shared stories from the people you follow on Twitter. You can still create that personalized news feed, but the service no longer requires a Twitter login. Instead, you… Read More

  • Convoy, A Smart Logistics Service For Regional Trucking Businesses, Raises $2.5M

    Convoy, A Smart Logistics Service For Regional Trucking Businesses, Raises $2.5M

    Dan Lewis wasn’t convinced that a startup that connects small trucking companies to people who need shipments was going to work. But he went door to door in a warehouse district in Seattle, and one problem kept coming up: smaller trucking businesses couldn’t grow because they weren’t able to connect with businesses that needed shipping without dozens of phone calls. Read More

  • Compass Raises $50M At An $800M Valuation Led By IVP To Supersize Its Real Estate Platform

    Compass Raises $50M At An $800M Valuation Led By IVP To Supersize Its Real Estate Platform

    While sites like Zillow, Trulia and Redfin have become synonymous with how people list and find property online, a startup out of New York called Compass has raised $50 million to help secure its place in the mix with a new platform that it believes could revolutionize the real estate market with big data and cutting edge algorithms that provide the most accurate pricing for homes and… Read More

  • HandUp, A Startup Combatting Homelessness, Is Setting An Example For The Tech Industry

    HandUp, A Startup Combatting Homelessness, Is Setting An Example For The Tech Industry

    On the heels of launching donation gift cards for the homeless, HandUp hosted a community outreach day this past Friday in San Francisco to continue to bring awareness to homelessness, as well as give people a way to engage with the homeless community. In partnership with Project Homeless Connect, HandUp hosted a homeless outreach day, featuring San Francisco city officials, employees… Read More

  • Sharing Salaries In A Spreadsheet Is Not The Way To Pay Transparency Crunch Network

    Sharing Salaries In A Spreadsheet Is Not The Way To Pay Transparency

    In the last couple weeks, I’ve seen a lot of media coverage on one former Google employee’s effort to bring more pay transparency to her workplace by creating a spreadsheet for co-workers to share their salary information with one another. Since that story broke, the commentary has been along the lines of, “Yes! You should do this, too. Just tell everyone what you make. It… Read More

  • Marc Benioff, Salesforce Take A Different Philanthropic Tack Toward Backing SF’s K-12 Schools

    Marc Benioff, Salesforce Take A Different Philanthropic Tack Toward Backing SF’s K-12 Schools

    As San Francisco’s population rapidly changes with an influx of new tech money and workers, a big question is what happens to the city’s K-12 schools and what tech’s ultimate influence on local education will be. Will tech’s presence improve public schools or bypass them by funneling even more students and wealth into pricey private schools? The answer is a little bit… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Happy Medium

    Gillmor Gang: Happy Medium

    The Gillmor Gang — Steven Levy, Erick Schonfeld, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Steve Jobs lives on in a new light, Periscope and Meerkat duel for attention, and Marc Benioff v. the state of Indiana. Plus, the latest G3 (below) with Halley, Mary, Francine, and Tina.
    @stevegillmor, @stevenlevy, @erickschonfeld, @kteare, @jtaschek
    Produced & directed by Tina Chase… Read More

  • 15 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    15 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week’s tech news included big announcements from Facebook and Y-Combinator, a sighting of the Tesla Model X on the road, a controversial Indiana bill that has tech leaders up in arms, and the launch of Periscope, a Twitter app that has potential to change the way we communicate online. At TechCrunch HQ we launched our new daily show, Crunch Report, a roundup of tech news airing… Read More

  • Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

    Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

    It’s hard to believe, after how far the gay rights movement has come, that we’re still doing this. But here we are. Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that allows private businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian consumers, according to CNN. The “Restoration of Religious Freedom Act” is meant to allow businesses and corporations to… Read More

  • Marc Benioff Wins The 2014 Crunchie For CEO Of The Year

    Marc Benioff Wins The 2014 Crunchie For CEO Of The Year

    Marc Benioff had a whirlwind 2014 both professionally and personally. The Salesforce CEO made a $100 million donation to the UCSF Medical Center last year to help it build a new hospital that will bear Benioff’s name. The check was dubbed the “largest gift ever made” to the hospital by its operating organization. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Solar Panel

    Gillmor Gang: Solar Panel

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, October 17, 2014. This year’s Dreamforce 2014 overshadowed another Apple reveal of new hardware and consolidation of the mobile operating system platform. Hilary Clinton set the tone for the week by reminding us that vocabulary is the doorway to opportunity, and Al Gore and Neil… Read More

  • What’s Disrupt SF Without A Fireside Chat Between Marc Benioff and Michael Arrington?

    What’s Disrupt SF Without A Fireside Chat Between Marc Benioff and Michael Arrington?

    Marc Benioff, the outspoken founder and CEO of Salesforce, will take the Disrupt stage with Michael Arrington again this year at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Since last year, his company has seen solid growth, and it announced that it will be moving into what will be the tallest building in San Francisco, which will also bear the company’s name. Benioff himself has continued to be one of… Read More

  • Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Urges Tech Community To Give Back Right Now

    Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Urges Tech Community To Give Back Right Now

    Over the years, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has emerged as one of the greatest philanthropists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he wants others to join him. Today at the CODE Conference, Benioff urged the members of the tech community to make stronger commitments to give back to their local communities. Read More

  • Marc Benioff Funds Social Network For Film Lovers “MovieLaLa”

    Marc Benioff Funds Social Network For Film Lovers “MovieLaLa”

    “Movie studios are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to market movies without the analytics and data to know where to target that marketing and to know it’s working,” says Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. He’s the latest investor in MovieLaLa, a film fan social network that aims to solve this problem by doubling as a data-driven marketing platform for Hollywood. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Running On Empty

    Gillmor Gang: Running On Empty

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — why September 10 will be a turning point for Tim Cook, why the Microsoft/Nokia acquisition/Ballmer resignation had it backwards, why iWatch stands for software not hardware. Confusion makes for interesting times, or something like that. We’re caught in a vortex of boredom, say some of… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Interdependance Day

    Gillmor Gang: Interdependence Day

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — marvel at the mutually assured creation of a partnership between Larry Ellison’s Oracle and Marc Benioff’s Salesforce.com. Few would have predicted such a stunning partnership just a few years ago, but the crescendoing intersection of cloud, social, and mobile has borne… Read More