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Recognized for his visionary leadership and pioneering innovation, Marc Benioff - the CEO of Salesforce.com is also known to be a colourful and an outspoken person. His journey can be epitomised from the Silicon Valley since the year 1980 to till today. Salesforce.com is a cloud computing company which was founded by Benioff in the year 1999, March. Marc had an epiphany for this company Salesforce.com and after a lot of study he created his incredible company Sales force and he took the same into public in the year 2004.

Marc Benioff is also the author of three famous books which also includes the National best Seller – Behind the Cloud. Salesforce.com has reached the milestone of $1 billion in the quarter and revenues are expected to see the growth of 30 percent in the near future.

Marc Benioff has also pioneered the so called 1/1/1 which is the Integrated Philanthropic model. By this model the companies would contribute 1% of the profits, 1% of the equity and 1% of the employee hours back to the community. Many of the companies have also adopted this model, including the giants like Google.

Benioff is also a vocal proponent for a number of companies of all sizes and also includes start-ups. This helps him to add a charitable mission to their business. He believes that making the dough is good but giving back some of the money earned through the same is much better.

Early Days and Education

Marc Benioff was born in the year 1954 on 25th of September in Binghamton, New York in the United States of America. He was raised in a Jewish family in the metropolitan area of San Francisco. Mr. Benioff completed his graduation from the Burlingame High School in the year 1982. He also received Bachelor’s in Science in Business Administration from the Southern California University. He received this degree in the year 1986 at the time when he was a member of the TKE social fraternity.

Mr. Benioff started his career with the Oracle Corporation and served with them for 13 years in various positions like sales and marketing and product development. He was promoted as the vice president at the age of 23 and was the youngest to receive the Oracle’s Rookies of the year award. Before Oracle, he also worked with Macintosh Division of Apple computers as an assembly language programmer.

The Spark

Marc Benioff started Slaesforce.com in the year 1999 in the month of February. He has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce.com from November 2001 and as the Chairman of the board from February 1999. He also serves as an Advisor at Keas.Inc and served there from 1986 till 1999. He later took up employment with Oracle Corporation where he held various positions from sales to product development and also served as its senior vice president. He worked with various companies for 13 years before starting Salesforce.com. He was also employed at Nextera Enterprises and was a member of Executive council at TechNet. Marc Benioff was the director of Cisco Systems Inc from August 1st of 2012 and was the director of sales force from 1999. He also serves as a director at Notifi.com which is a committee which encourages Corporate Philanthropy and Yield Dynamics. He also serves as director at CloudWords.Inc and as a member of the advisory board at Loyalty Lab Inc. Mr. Benioff is also a member of the advisory board at GrandCentral Communications, Inc. He is also the co-chairman of the President of the United States' Information Technology Advisory Committee along with being the Chairman of Salesforce.com foundation.

His Journey with SalesForce.Com

Salesforce.com was co-founded by Marc Benioff in March of 1999. The company was first started in a small rented apartment in San Francisco and the mission of the same as defined as The End of Software. His main aim was to revamp the way the software programs were designed by firms and the way they were distributed. Marc Benioff can be named as the creator of the term “platform as a service”. He has also extended the business of Salesforce.com by allowing their customers to create and build their own applications with the help of the company’s architecture. These could also be created on the cloud system of Salesforce.com.

Mr. Benioff later realised that Sales force needs not just be an application but it can be a platform which includes a marketplace which are public. He later went on to register appstore.com and rolled out the same with the name called App Exchange.

Salesforce.com is also known to run a charitable organisation which had Benioff himself donate large amounts of funds towards various noble causes.

Family

Marc Benioff was married to Lynne Benioff who also assists him in his works related to social service. Lynne Benioff was also named as the fundraising health care hero by the San Francisco Business times.

Awards & Accolades
Marc Benioff received the Oracle's Rookie of the Year at the age of 23 and was the youngest to receive that award in Oracle.
He was named as Smartest 50 People in Tech by Fortune in the year 2010.
Mr. Benioff was also named as the Top 50 People in Business in the same year.
He was named as the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, in the year 2005.
He was also named as the 2009 Executive of the Year by The San Francisco Business Times. This was given "for defying the fierce economic downdraft--and taking the lead role in the creation of an industry."
He served as co-chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and was appointed by then President George W Bush and served from 2003-2005.
Benioff and his wife Lynne Krillich were also named as the Top 25 Most Effective Philanthropists by the Barron’s.
Salesforce.com was also awarded as one of Business Week’s Top 100 Most Innovative Companies.
Salesforce.com was also named number 7 by the Wired 40.
Salesforce.com was also selected twice by the Top Ten Disrupter by Forbes.
Salesforce.com was also named as the America's Best Companies by Forbes.
Professional Affiliations
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Oracle Corporation
DW Data, Inc.
Nextera Enterprises Inc.
University of Southern California
TechNet
GrandCentral Communications, Inc.
Loyalty Lab, Inc.
Keas Inc.
Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
Cloudwords, Inc.
Quotes
  Most of all, I discovered that in order to succeed with a product you must truly get to know your customers and build something for them..
  Presentation skills are key. People who work for you represent your brand. You want them to present themselves - and represent you - in a certain way.
  I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I started my own software company in high school and went to college to study entrepreneurship.
  I have failed a lot in my philanthropy, where I will make philanthropic contributions and they just won't be effective.
  I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I started my own software company in high school and went to college to study entrepreneurship..
  I have failed a lot in my philanthropy, where I will make philanthropic contributions and they just won't be effective.
  I love software and I love technology.
  I think the most surprising thing about giving is it takes a while to find out what you're really interested in and what you really want to do.
  In school all I wanted to do was build technology. That's what I loved..
  The only constant in the technology industry is change..
  You must always be able to predict what's next and then have the flexibility to evolve..
  Although I loved working on technology - I've always been a computer geek at heart - my professors encouraged me to get a real-world job working with customers..
  If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business..
  Learning how to interact with customers is something that anyone starting any business must master. It's an amazing opportunity to be able to learn the ropes at an established company and then employ your expertise at your own company..
  My approach to politics is that I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I'm an American and I always support candidates I think are great for the country..
  The future of communicating with customers rests in engaging with them through every possible channel: phone, e-mail, chat, Web, and social networks. Customers are discussing a company's products and brand in real time. Companies need to join the conversation.
  The world is being re-shaped by the convergence of social, mobile, cloud, big data, community and other powerful forces. The combination of these technologies unlocks an incredible opportunity to connect everything together in a new way and is dramatically transforming the way we live and work.

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