Marc Benioff quotes

  • The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Business #Successful #People

  • The only constant in the technology industry is change.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Technology #Constant

  • If there wasn't any competition, I'd be very worried, because it would mean we were not doing very well.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Mean #Competition #Worried

  • You need to get to the future, ahead of your customers, and be ready to greet them when they arrive.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Needs #Ready

  • Journalists immediately think of me as a resource for a quote or comment because they know that I will be available to offer fresh insight and meet their deadlines.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Thinking #Resources #Insight

  • Philanthropy can be integrated into business. I believe strongly that companies can be incredible agents of good in the world.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Believe #Agents #World

  • Don't forget to do something for other people.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #People #Forget

  • Philanthropy isn't just about big gifts; it's about participation.  It is about the grace that comes from working together.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Grace #Working Together #Philanthropy

  • 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.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Keys #Skills #People

  • I have failed a lot in my philanthropy, where I will make philanthropic contributions and they just won't be effective.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Philanthropy #Contribution #Philanthropic

  • In business, we say that people overestimate what you can do in a year and underestimate what you can do in a decade. This is true in philanthropy as well.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Years #People #Underestimate

  • 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.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Opportunity #Rope #Able

  • You must always be able to predict what's next and then have the flexibility to evolve.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Able #Next #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.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Jobs #Real #Heart

  • Multi-Tenancy is a requirement for a SaaS vendor to be successful
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Successful #Requirements #Being Successful

  • I also think that employees these days expect less of a separation of work and personal life. That doesn't mean that work tasks should encroach upon our personal time, but it does mean that employees today expect more from the companies for whom they work. Why shouldn't your workplace reflect your values? Why is "giving back" not a part of our jobs? The answer for us is to integrate philanthropy with work.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Jobs #Work #Mean

  • When I explain our company values and the foundation to prospective employees, they realize that they have an opportunity to do much more than change the way businesses manage and share information. When you take a workforce of smart, creative, dedicated people and say "take this company time to serve your community, and bring along your coworkers, customers, and partners" great things happen.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Work #Smart #Opportunity

  • The concept that I like the most, and the one that I've taken most to heart, is the belief that people can't be united or focused unless they share a common philosophy-a philosophy that gives their effort a greater meaning.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Philosophy #Taken #Heart

  • I've seen how important this concept is in business. To be truly successful, companies need to have a corporate mission that is bigger than making a profit. We try to follow that at salesforce.com, where we give 1% of our equity, 1% of our profits, and 1% of our employees' time to the community. By integrating philanthropy into our business model our employees feel that they do much more than just work at our company. By sharing a common and important mission, we are united and focused, and have found a secret weapon that ensures we always win.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Philosophy #Successful #Winning

  • One problem we discovered, for example, was that our "create a new account" button was in the wrong place...By simply moving it to the left side, mirroring the way people read, we saw a huge improvement in the way people used the site.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Moving #People #Buttons

  • Nothing is going to make you happier in your life than giving
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Giving

  • Life grows relative to one’s investment in it.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Investment #Grows #Relative

  • I love software and I love technology.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Technology #Software

  • In school all I wanted to do was build technology. That's what I loved.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #School #Technology #Wanted

  • This is what our customers are asking for to take them to the next level and free them from the bondage of mainframe and client-server software.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Next Level #Asking #Levels

  • The CMO is expected to spend more on technology than the CIO by 2017.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Technology #Marketing #Cio

  • 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.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Powerful #Technology #Opportunity

  • Relationships with the media are really important. The media has a more important voice today than it has ever had. We don't advertise. We only have one marketing vehicle, which is editorial, and our ability to get our message out and communicate it effectively.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Media #Voice #Marketing

  • 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.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Order #Succeed #Order To Succeed

  • Our focus was directed at developing the best possible and easiest to use product, and this is where we invested our time. Realize that you won't be able to bring the same focus to everything in the beginning. There won't be enough people or enough hours in the day. So, focus on the 20 percent that makes 80 percent of the difference.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Differences #People #Focus

  • 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.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Real #Phones #Needs

  • My summers at Apple had taught me that the secret to encouraging creativity and producing the best possible product was to keep people fulfilled and happy. I wanted the people who built salesforce.com to be inspired and to feel valued.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Summer #Creativity #Apples

  • You never want to be completely alone at what you do. Competition is good for everyone.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Competition #Want

  • We believe in the art of war. We are trying to get our competition to attack us with angry, virulent energy, so we can transform that into larger market share.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Art #War #Believe

  • I believe a balanced life is essential, and I try to make sure that all of our employees know that and live that way. It's crucial to me as a manager that I help ensure that our employees are as successful as our customers and partners.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Believe #Successful #Balance

  • Mult-Tenancyi is really the future of our industry.
    -- Marc Benioff

  • The real joy in life comes from giving. It comes from service. It comes from doing things for other people. That is what is so powerful about this. Nothing will make you happier than giving.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Powerful #Real #People

  • The cloud services companies of all sizes; the cloud is for everyone. The cloud is a democracy.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Clouds #Democracy #Size

  • One person at a time, one company at a time.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Company #Persons

  • Once you know what you want and what is important for you to achieve, also define the values associated with it. What is important? That is something a lot of entrepreneurs pass by too quickly. For us, the things that were important were, No. 1, customer success. Nothing is more important to us than making sure every customer is successful in our service.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Business #Successful #Entrepreneur

  • Some people would argue the other side: that the business of business is business, and companies should only be focused on profits. But in today's world, I don't think corporations can only be focused on profits, because they are inextricably linked with the communities that they serve. I do not believe you can be a leader in your industry without being a leader in your community. It's a fundamental shift in how you think about business.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Business #Believe #Thinking

  • Customers want new functionality, but they don't want the traditional complexity that has marred products in the past.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Past #Want #Complexity

  • I don't look at business as a zero-sum game. I don't. I've never seen it play out that way in our industry, and I think you innovate and you add value, deliver value back to customers, and you get value back from the world.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Zero #Thinking #Games

  • You have chosen the wrong path if it's not fun. And you are probably not taking enough risk if it's not hard and rocky sometimes.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Fun #Entrepreneur #Risk

  • As we talk about devices, you should never forget that behind every one there is a person - a customer. It“s not the Internet of Things, but the Internet of People - of customers. We are moving to one-to-one relationships.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Moving #People #Never Forget

  • Social embedded business processes that solve concrete needs are key to enterprise social collaboration.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Keys #Collaboration #Needs

  • There is no finish line when it comes to system reliability and availability, and our efforts to improve performance never cease.
    -- Marc Benioff

    #Availability #Effort #Reliability

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