I am sure that you have heard that Salesforce is buying Slack for a whopping $28 billion by now. And if you saw Marc Benioff in conversation with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang this morning, you could tell that Christmas came early for him and his company. With (Quip CEO) Bret Taylor and (Slack CEO) Stewart Butterfield … Continue reading Something about Slack (+ Salesforce)
In an opinion piece for The New York Times, Salesforce co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff argues: It’s time for a new capitalism — a more fair, equal and sustainable capitalism that actually works for everyone and where businesses, including tech companies, don’t just take from society but truly give back and have a positive impact. … Continue reading Marc Benioff on Why We Need New Capitalism
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
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
Fog is my weakness, and every time there is low fog, I am out and about with my camera. I like the muted sounds, the shroud of grey and the silence that comes with fog. I loved this image of how SalesForce tower is emerging out of the mist as a defining feature of San … Continue reading Towers in the Mist
It is five years since Salesforce acquired Heroku, making it one of the earliest bets on cloud by an incumbent software player. Salesforce won Heroku after VMware had shown maximum intent to buy the company. The occasion prompted me to look at the stock prices of Heroku’s suitors. They have moved in opposite direction. I … Continue reading Heroku, VMware, Salesforce & the cloud
Seven years is a longtime in technology — both from a technological and business perspective. Technologies become redundant, behaviors are reinvented and new ideas coming at you like bugs flying into the headlights of a car speeding through the night. And perhaps that is why I am amazed that The Crunchies (which were started as … Continue reading A Storehouse moment!
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