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How did salesforce.com grow from a start-up in a rented apartment into the world's fastest growing software company in less than a decade? Marc Benioff, the visionary founder, chairman, and CEO of salesforce.com, tells how he and his team created and used new business, technology, and philanthropic models tailored to this time of extraordinary change. 

Showing how salesforce.com not only survived the dotcom implosion of 2001, but went on to define itself as the leader of the cloud computing revolution and spark a $46 billion dollar industry, Benioff's story will help business leaders and entrepreneurs stand out, innovate better, and grow faster in any economic climate. In Behind the Cloud, Benioff shares the strategies that have inspired employees, turned customers into evangelists, leveraged an ecosystem of partners, and allowed innovation to flourish.

©2009 Mark Benioff (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Inspirational

As a Vp of a startup in its infancy- it’s great to see the road map that Marc created. This is probably the closest I’ll ever get to having him as a mentor so I’m grateful for the practical structure of his ideas.

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Best for startups and IT professionals

What a book, this experience was great ad if I was living it through with Marc, great voice over.

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Interesting, but mostly outdated by this time

It was great to hear the story and I feel more knowledgeable about SalesForce. However, this doesn’t translate too well 10 years later, as most is common knowledge now. Plus, at times, it felt like he was patting himself on the back for a whole chapter.

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  • 07-17-21

Essential listening for any (SaaS) CEO

Good pace of information, well structured and easy to follow for any start up or 1st years business.

Great lessons and insight every start up
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Knew I should have saved $6m before
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  • 12-06-20

Very good book

Marc Benioff is on of the greatest entrepreneurs in last 30 years and main force behind Salesforce success. You can get lots of insights how he grew the company.

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  • Jonathan Baynham
  • 11-28-20

More of a Product pitch than a book

The stories, particularly the origins, of Salesforce is interesting but mostly a self congratulatory pitch

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  • 08-11-21

Forefather if SaaS an inspiration to mankind

Thank you Marc for your passion and ideas! Energy and passion guides success. Salesforce Ohana!