Salesforce Ventures has invested $300 million in Automattic, a company that was started by Matt Mullenweg, a close friend. Our firm, True Ventures, is the earliest backer of Automattic. I am delighted to see two of my favorite people, Bret Taylor (now at Salesforce) and Matt, will get to engage more often. Matt shared his … Continue reading Salesforce invests in Automattic

In Benioff we trust

Ari Levy has come up with an old-fashioned and often gone missing style of corporate leader profile of Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff. If there is any criticism of this piece — there is too little criticism and counterpoints from others. For example, the decision to keep the ICE contract needed more deliberation.  It would have … Continue reading In Benioff we trust

Half Life of Evil

J.P. Rangaswami, chief scientist of Salesforce spoke at GigaOM Structure Europe this morning and was later hanging out in the speaker room with me and Mathew Ingram (who interviewed him.) He joked about something that I just had to blog:  It took 40 years for IBM to become evil.  It took 20 years for Microsoft … Continue reading Half Life of Evil