Marc Benioff – The craftsman behind Salesforce
best known across the globe as the founder, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, which is the popular cloud computing service provider company.
Marc is a native of San Francisco, California. He was born on 25th September 1964. In 1982, he graduated from Burlingame High School and then earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1986.
At the age 15, Marc counted Liberty Software Company based on developing and selling computer games for the Atari 8-bit console. By 16, he was already a remarkable entrepreneur with EPYX publishing his Escape from Vulcans Isle, Crypt of the Undebt, King Aurthur’s Heir and the Nightmare. This earned him around $1500 a month.
Marc was highly inspired by Steve Jobs and his creation, Apple and so he went to pursue his internship as “Assembly Language Programmer” for the Macintosh division of the computer super-giant.
Although his interest was to carry on with the programming field of computers, Marc joined Oracle Corporation owing to his excellent oratory skills and good customer-oriented work. After working for 30 years in Oracle and acquiring a lot of knowledge, starting from sales and marketing to product development, it was when he was 23 that he earned the title Oracle’s ”Rookie of the year”. At 26, he was promoted to Oracle’s Vice-President’s position which was the first time in Oracle’s history for such a young person to secure the position.
Today, Marc is globally renowned for his record-breaking innovations, ideas, leadership qualities and farsightedness. He has also been awarded The Economists’ Innovation Award, Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year (reader’s choice), 2016 Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and Barron’s best CEO of the Year. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees.
Marc had also become the recipient of an honorary degree in Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southern California University in 2014. Salesforce has been widely regarded as one of the successful ventures of today in the US and has received Fortune magazine’s ‘World’s Most Admired Company’ (4 years in a row) and Forbes magazine’s ‘World’s Most Innovative Companies’ (5 years in a row).
Salesforce’s net worth today stands around $8 billion. Along with Salesforce, Benioff has also launched SaaS; a new form of cloud computing software through which various companies across the globe can rent software over the internet instead of installing it into their PCs.
His 1-1-1 model has given Salesforce a new look. Setting the company on 1% of equity, 1% of employees’ time and 1% of products for non-profits and local communities. Salesforce is also a pioneer in hosting its online software without making them installed at its client’s computer systems. Several tech startups and prolific computer software have developed under Salesforce.
Each day Salesforce is making some progress as Benioff has always something new going on in his mind at which he never stops until he gets over with its innovation.
A renowned American philanthropist, author and a successful internet entrepreneur Marc Russell Benioff is.