Entrepreneur to share his vision for doing well in business while doing good in the community

Entrepreneur to share his vision for doing well in business while doing good in the community

By: PR Newswire
May. 11, 2007 12:00 PM

Salesforce.com Chairman & CEO, Marc Benioff, to Deliver Commencement Addresses at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and the University of California’s Haas School of Business

SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Salesforce.com , the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced that Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, will deliver commencement addresses to MBA graduates at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business on May 11, 2007, and the University of California’s Haas School of Business on May 20, 2007. Mr. Benioff will share his perspective on how business and entrepreneurship can be a key piece of improving the state of the world, and his company’s 1/1/1/1 model for integrating business and philanthropy.

"These graduates can be a force of change by using their education, talents, and passion to make an impact on how businesses can give back to the community and improve the lives of people around the world. Tomorrow’s business leaders will look much different than the leaders of today — they will be driven not just by profit but also by purpose," said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO ofsalesforce.com. "I am honored to be delivering these commencement addresses to the next generation of entrepreneurs."

"A visionary leader who has made innovation a hallmark of his career, Mr. Benioff personifies the Haas School’s emphasis on Leading Through Innovation," said Dean Tom Campbell of the University of California’s Haas School of Business. "He and his firm also embrace giving back to the community, which is one of the core values of the school."

"When Marc was a student at Marshall, his former professors tell me, he was always eager to learn, eager to participate, eager to make things happen," said Dean James G. Ellis of the USC Marshall School of Business. "He learned that the way to build a business is to find the pain someone is having, and then to fix it. That’s what he did in transformingsalesforce.com , and software in general, from a product to a service. Now he’s dedicated to using his success to do good things in the world. That’s a great example for our kids and a crucial part of what we try to teach them."

Mr. Benioff founded salesforce.com in 1999 with a vision to create an on- demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. He has been widely recognized for pioneering innovation and fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship with honors such as the SDForum Visionary Award, the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, the DEMO World-Class Innovator Award and was ranked No. 7 on the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT survey by eWEEK and No. 11 in the 50 People Who Matter Now by Business 2.0.

In 2000, Mr. Benioff launched the Salesforce.com Foundation — now a multimillion-dollar global organization — establishing the "one-percent model," whereby the company contributes one percent of profits, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. In addition, Mr. Benioff has authored two books on the subject, The Business of Changing the World, 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, and Compassionate Capitalism, the first-ever best-practices guide for corporate philanthropy that illustrates the success of the integrated model.

About salesforce.com

Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in on-demand business services. The company’s Salesforce suite of on-demand CRM applications allows customers to manage and share all of their sales, support, marketing and partner information on-demand. The Salesforce Platform enables customers, developers and partners to build powerful new on-demand applications that extend beyond CRM to deliver the benefits of multi-tenancy and The Business Web across the enterprise. All Apex components and applications can be easily shared, exchanged and installed viasalesforce.com’s AppExchange directory, available at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange. Customers can also take advantage of Successforce, salesforce.com’s world-class training, support, consulting and best practices offerings.

As of January 31, 2007, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 29,800 customers and approximately 646,000 paying subscribers including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), America Online (AOL), Avis Budget Group, Inc, Dow Jones Newswires, Polycom and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchasesalesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM". For more information please visithttp://www.salesforce.com/, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

Salesforce.com is a registered trademark of salesforce.com, and AppExchange, The Business Web, IdeaExchange and Successforce are trademarks of salesforce.com, Inc., San Francisco, California. Other names used may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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