Marc Benioff

EDUCATION

  • B.S. in Business Administration; University of Southern California, Marshall, School of Business; 1982–1986

FAVORITE PASTIMES & HOBBIES

Swimming with dolphins, practicing yoga, writing, listening to music, collecting ukuleles, spending time in Hawaii

BIOGRAPHY

Marc is chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing company. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an enterprise cloud computing service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. He is regarded as the leader of what he has termed “The End of Software,” the now-proven belief that multitenant cloud computing applications and platforms democratize information by delivering immediate benefits at reduced risks and costs.

Under Marc’s direction, Salesforce.com has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly traded company that is the market and technology leader in enterprise cloud computing. At end of fiscal 2009, Salesforce.com reported its first billion-dollar revenue year. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce.com received a Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, was lauded as one of BusinessWeek’s Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, was named no. 7 on The Wired 40, and was selected for the past two yearsas a Top Ten Disrupter by Forbes. Salesforce.com has won the Software & Information Industry Association Codie Award for Best CRM for the past six years, and the Codie Award for Best On-Demand Platform in 2007, as well as multiple Editor’s Choice designations from PC Magazine. Marc has been widely recognized for pioneering innovation, with honors such as the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the SDForum Visionary Award, and Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, and was ranked no. 7 on the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT survey by eWEEK.

Throughout his career, Marc has also been committed to using information technology to produce positive social change. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce.com Foundation—now a multimillion-dollar global organization— establishing the “1/1/1 model,” whereby the company contributes 1% of product (donated or discounted service to nonprofits), 1% of equity, and 1% of employee hours back to the communities it serves. Marc authored The Business of Changing the World (McGraw-Hill, 2006), in which 20 great leaders reveal how businesses can go beyond writing a check and leverage the full scope of their resources to make a difference. Marc’s other book, Compassionate Capitalism (ReadHowYouWant, 2009), is the first-ever bestpractices guide for corporate philanthropy that illustrates the success of the integrated model. Acknowledging his commitment to building partnerships between business and society to improve the state of the world, the members of the World Economic Forum named Marc as one of its Young Global Leaders. In 2007, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy presented his with the coveted Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award; a year later, they welcomed him to their distinguished board of directors.

Before launching Salesforce.com, Marc, a quarter-century veteran of the software industry, spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation, from 1986 to 1999. In 1984, he worked as an Assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division. He founded entertainment software company Liberty Software in 1979 when he was 15 years old.