Dreamforce Prep: 9 Lesser-Known Facts About Marc Benioff

With only 4 weeks until Dreamforce 2015 and the addition of Salesforce Tower to our skyline, you may be asking yourself: “What’s Salesforce?” “Who’s Marc Benioff?” “Benioff…like the hospital?” Well, we’re here to help. Let’s start from the beginning. Salesforce is a cloud computing company founded in 1999 by Marc Benioff, Parker Harris, Dave Moellenhoff, and Frank Dominguez—originally as a company specializing in software as a service (SaaS).[1] Salesforce.com’s customer relationship management (CRM) is made up of several moving parts—Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Data.com, Marketing Cloud, Pardot, Community Cloud, Chatter, Wave Analytics, and Sales Wave Analytics. With sites like Force.com, Desk.com, and Do Business, Salesforce designs cloud-based products and services to help people communicate and operate more efficiently. With the latest integrated Salesforce1 Platform, Benioff seemingly has one singular mission: to make “work” work. From a global perspective, Salesforce falls on Forbes’ The World’s Biggest Public Companies with a market cap value of $44.2 billion. To put such a number in perspective, it’s about 1/19 of the entire wealth of Portugal as last recorded in 2014.[2] Now that we’ve established that, let’s get to know Marc on a more personal level. Here are some lesser-known facts: 1. Marc Benioff was a minister. In 1998, he got a one-day ordination to perform the wedding of Evan Goldberg. The two have been close friends since Marc’s 13-year stint at Oracle. 2. His grandfather, Marvin Lewis, created the monorail concept, also known as BART. 3. Marc loves Tibet. Despite a series of tough, bureaucratic obstacles, he was the first to donate much-needed systems and software to Tibetan refugee settlements, as well as schools in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. 4. He likes to ride a Quadski—half ATV and half Jet Ski. 5. He doesn’t have a fear of heights. Following a seminar by motivational speaker Tony Robbins, Marc traveled to Fiji to jump off of a 60-foot bridge into a raging river. 6. He cares about oral health. Marc’s Sonicare toothbrush is equipped with Wi-Fi and automatically sends data to his dentist, revealing his true dental habits. What transparency! 7. He works out with Michael Dell. They check in with each other regularly, especially when they see each other’s Fitbit stats decline. 8. He created the 1/1/1 model of charitable giving that improves the world’s communities. A model later adapted by Google, Yelp, and Atlassian. 9. He’s a dog person. Marc’s golden retriever, Koa, accompanies him to work and has the official title of CLO (Chief Love Officer). We’re still waiting for Koa to accept our LinkedIn connection. [1] http://www.salesforce.com/company/leadership/executive-team/#benioff [2] https://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fileid=25EC6CF2-0407-67D9-AAEAAE8BDFEDE378

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