Marc Benioff

  • Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global raises $30M so you can work less and sleep more

    Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global raises $30M so you can work less and sleep more

    Arianna Huffington wants you to work smarter, not harder. She believes a corporate mentality that rewards burning the midnight oil is actually reducing productivity, by causing burnout. Lack of sleep could be costing the U.S. economy $411 billion per year, it turns out. So last year, the HuffPost founder and Uber board member, launched Thrive Global, a startup dedicated to reducing stress… Read More

  • Salesforce keeps rolling with another monster quarter, as it sets $20 billion revenue goal

    Salesforce keeps rolling with another monster quarter, as it sets $20 billion revenue goal

    Ho hum, Salesforce announced its quarterly earnings yesterday and the news was all good once again with revenue up 25 percent to $2.68 billion. The company has blown through its $10 billion yearly revenue goal and has boldly set one for $20 billion by FY2022. I wouldn’t put it passed them. The company also announced some big executive moves. More on that later Salesforce is the anti-IBM. Read More

  • Dreamforce lacks the drama this year

    Dreamforce lacks the drama this year

    Dreamforce took place this week in San Francisco, that magical gathering of over more than 150,000 Salesforce faithful that happens every fall. While I didn’t attend in person this time, I was able to get the gist of what was going on through a combination of pre-briefs and live streams. Of course, nothing can pass for actually seeing how thoroughly Salesforce takes over the area… Read More

  • Salesforce takes another shot at IoT

    Salesforce takes another shot at IoT

    Everyone wants a piece of the Internet of Things, and why not? If predictions come to fruition, there are going to be billions and billions of devices and sensors broadcasting information at us by 2020, and someone has to make sense of it and point us to the data that matters. Salesforce wants to be that company (or at least one of them). Salesforce has never been shy about jumping on the… Read More

  • Salesforce marches steadily toward $10B run rate goal

    Salesforce marches steadily toward $10B run rate goal

    Salesforce is on a steady climb toward a $10 billion revenue run rate. And while it’s not quite there yet, its recent, nearly $2.4 billion quarter puts it squarely in the neighborhood. According to the company’s CEO, Marc Benioff, Salesforce’s revenue growth results give it “the fastest growth of any top [five] enterprise software company.” It’s clear… Read More

  • An engineer’s guide to picking a startup Crunch Network

    An engineer’s guide to picking a startup

    One of the questions I often get from engineers I mentor is how do you decide on what early stage startup is worth working for? Often, this is long before you have paying customer logos or big name venture funds with substantial commitments as ‘signals’ of potential success. I was a programmer once. And I had to wrestle with this question too. How do I decide? More than a decade… Read More

  • Your customer’s online journey is only part of the story

    Your customer’s online journey is only part of the story

    For years we’ve been hearing about the promise of customer experience management, the notion that you can understand your customer at a highly detailed level and serve them the content, products, services and even ads that matter (or at least make sense) to them. Today’s marketing software is bringing that idea closer to reality. Read More

  • Announcing the 10th Annual Crunchies Board Members

    Announcing the 10th Annual Crunchies Board Members

    With a little over two weeks until the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards, it is our pleasure to announce the Crunchies Board members. This group of investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, technologists and TechCrunch writers and editors are charged with the exciting and challenging job of choosing the winners for each Crunchies award category. The official Crunchies ballot was sent to… Read More

  • Salesforce asserted itself in 2016

    Salesforce asserted itself in 2016

    Salesforce has always liked to think of itself as an industry irritant, the company that was bucking the status quo and making the established players feel uncomfortable. But this year as the cloud mainstreamed and Salesforce took off on a $10 billion run rate, you couldn’t help but feel that after 17 years in business, that Salesforce’s time had finally come. The company went on… Read More

  • 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

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