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Why you should care about Salesforce, the cloud-based business giant

Salesforce brought its annual World Tour to Chicago Thursday, aiming to teach 9,000 of its customers and partners more about how they can use the company's products to win more business.<p>But what exactly does Salesforce do? And why should you care?<p>Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) is the fourth-largest …

These 6 Powerful and Influential People Helped Shape Salesforce's Marc Benioff

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff wasn't born a Silicon Valley titan. These entrepreneurs and politicians helped get him to where he is.<p>Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff, with his estimated net worth of $3.9 billion, is known for philanthropy, ginormous star-studded conferences and his customized …

Can Salesforce Turn Customer Service Agents Into Salespeople?

How can companies turn their best support agents into members of the sales team?<p>It’s a question that has kept the team behind Salesforce’s Desk.com …

Salesforce bought its new COO a $41,000 watch

In fact, he was so happy with Block, he had Salesforce buy him a $41,000 watch, according to documents filed with the SEC.<p>To be precise, the watch cost $40,564 and its value was called a "bonus" in Salesforce's proxy form, which discloses how much executives are paid, including perks and gifts. …

Salesforce: How The Platform Builds New Software

Every technology company wants to be a ‘platform’ company these days. If we understand a platform to be a core base of software that is functionally expansive enough to shoulder, support and propel other related and/or auxiliary technologies, then Windows is a platform… because you can ‘run apps’ …

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How We Designed The New Salesforce At Scale

Lightning Experience is Salesforce’s most beautiful product. But being beautiful isn’t enough. We’re an enterprise company that recognizes the world has changed, and good design isn’t just for consumer companies. That’s why this new desktop user experience is also the best design work we’ve ever …

This startup just brought on a key former Salesforce exec as it works to pick up Google's slack

It's fabulous at searching the whole web at once — there's nobody better at trawling humankind's vast combined storehouse of knowledge to quickly tell you how to make a hamburger.<p>But it's less great at searching within any individual website or app. Sure, you can use Google to search within a site, …

Keith Block talks life at Salesforce and being a Boston sports fan in San Francisco

The day I met Keith Block at the Salesforce World Tour in Boston he was relaxing in a suite at the Hynes Convention Center, a man at ease with his considerable responsibilities as vice chairman, president and COO at Salesforce . His Twitter bio, like mine, also lists him as a Boston sports fan. We …

Salesforce’s Marc Benioff Has Kicked Off New Era of Corporate Social Activism

On social issues such as gay rights, Mr. Benioff is pushing companies to speak out, drawing brickbats from local lawmakers; ‘a corporate bully’<p>When North Carolina passed its law in March restricting certain gay rights, Marc Benioff was ready with his rapid-deployment response.<p>The Salesforce.com …

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4 Social Selling Takeaways That Made Us Think Differently About Sales

<i>By Andrew Gothelf</i><p>Social selling is hardly a new concept; sales reps have been mining social media for leads, interacting with customers on different channels, and researching clients through personal and professional accounts for several years. Though social selling is not yet fully integrated into …

Salesforce to Enter Communications and Media Spaces with Framework - B2B News Network

<b>0</b> Shares <b>0</b> Flares ×<p>While many in B2B enterprises have become very familiar with Salesforce CRM over the last 17 years, some other industries remain …

These 21 foolproof sales tips will help you close deals faster and make tons of money

Sales is hard. Some people say it's more art than science.<p>Selling can get especially tricky in today's tech environment, where things change so fast.<p>To help you master the art of selling, Salesforce recently published an e-book called "100 Sales Tips for 2016."<p>We put together 21 of the best tips …

Salesforce Rewards Indiana for Changing its Mind About Gay Rights

Marc Benioff has a reputation among certain governors as being a “corporate bully.” His most recent <i>cause célèbre</i> was Georgia, where he recently …

Here's why Apple’s partnership with SAP is amazingly strategic and smart

SAP is going to develop a bunch of custom business applications for iOS devices, iPads and iPhones, as well as release tools so that SAP's 2.5-million member global developers can write their own custom iOS apps using Apple's new programming language, Swift.<p>In return, Apple gets access to SAP's …

LinkedIn's Latest Survey Shows Why Social Selling Is Becoming King

• 30% of companies interviewed predict they will spend more on sales technology in 2016.<br>• LinkedIn found that 90% of top sales professionals are using social selling tools, compared with 71% of overall sales.<br>• 44% of employees of medium-sized companies (100-999 employees) use CRM tools versus only 23% of …

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Jeff Bezos Sells 1% Of His Amazon Stake For $671 Million

Jeff Bezos, the fourth richest man on Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires, sold slightly more than 1 million shares of Amazon.com between Tuesday and Thursday this week, reaping $671 million before taxes, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That sale was the …

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MIT is raising $5 billion to make the world a better place

MIT's new fundraising initiative called "Campaign for a Better World" seeks to tackle some of humanity's (and our planet's) biggest challenges. Since that's no easy feat, its goal is just as lofty: $5 billion. The institute lists its various projects under the campaign's six priority areas. First …

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Uber conquered taxis. Now it's going after everything else

There's no shortage of companies claiming to be the Uber of their industry, whether it's food delivery, flowers, mattresses or medicinal marijuana.<p>But what happens when the real Uber — the one with a $62.5-billion valuation and a global footprint — decides that it wants to expand into other …

Dropbox cut a bunch of perks and told employees to save more as Silicon Valley startups brace for the cold

When Dropbox employees walked into their new office on Brannan Street last month, they were dazzled by something they hadn't seen before — a gleaming, 5-foot-tall panda statue made of chrome.<p>The statue was made in recognition of the company's panda mascot. It was seen as a stamp of approval, …

Leicester City’s success suggests globalisation is strengthening, not killing, English football

<i>A guest-post from one of my predecessors as Bagehot:</i><p>WHEN, two years ago, the bones of Richard III, a crippled Medieval monarch, were dug up from a …

10 One-Minute Dinner Hacks That Save Tons of Time

The same scenario happens every night: You finally get home from a long day of working and commuting, and the last thing you want to do is cook …