Marc Benioff

  • Salesforce serves as training ground for SaaS startup execs

    Salesforce serves as training ground for SaaS startup execs

    When startups go looking for executive talent, they want someone with some experience working for a successful organization. When it comes to the cloud, there is a dearth of expertise — with one notable exception — Salesforce. Perhaps, that’s why Salesforce, by far the most successful pure SaaS company ever, has become a pipeline for executive talent. The company launched… Read More

  • Open source and coopetition are the new normal

    Open source and coopetition are the new normal

    In a month of unexpected outcomes, we have also seen some tech partnership announcements, ones we thought we might never see. In fact, just this week we witnessed Microsoft joining the Linux foundation and Google joining Microsoft’s .NET foundation. You cannot minimize just how at odds these announcements are with what has been the reality of the tech industry over the last 20 years. Read More

  • How VCs can do more good Crunch Network

    How VCs can do more good

    Venture capital does many great things for the United States. Importantly, it fuels the innovation economy, churning out disruptive products, companies and entire new industries. Indeed, venture is extreme capitalism. Creative destruction rolls over incumbents, and society is usually better off as a result. But a good society requires more than just a robust economy. 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

  • Tony Prophet named as Salesforce’s first Chief Equality Officer

    Tony Prophet named as Salesforce’s first Chief Equality Officer

    Tony Prophet, a longtime tech executive who’d previously worked at Microsoft and HP, has been named as Salesforce’s first Chief Equality Officer. Before joining Salesforce, Prophet worked as Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Education Marketing. While at Microsoft the executive launched a number of initiatives, including Blacks at Microsoft and BlackLight, an… Read More

  • Military veterans provide a new competitive advantage for tech companies Crunch Network

    Military veterans provide a new competitive advantage for tech companies

    Ask any Silicon Valley CEO what some of their biggest challenges are and you likely will hear “finding and retaining great people.” Tech is booming, yet it remains incredibly hard to attract and keep talent amid a competitive ecosystem. A few companies, however, have figured out a competitive advantage through a relatively untapped source of talent: military veterans. Read More

  • 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

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