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General Information

BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA


University of Southern California (USC), BS 1986
Business Administration

Current Companies

Founder, Chairman & CEO
Board Director

Former Companies


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Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff is Chairman & CEO of

He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff is now regarded as one of the pioneers of cloud computing and has been instrumental in driving businesses to transform by embracing social and mobile cloud technologies to connect with customers, partners and employees in new ways.

Under Benioff’s direction, has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly traded company that is the leader in enterprise cloud computing. For its revolutionary approach, has been recognized by Fortune as one of the Fastest Growing Companies and one of the Best Places to Work and was selected by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Company for two years in a row.

Benioff has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and for pioneering innovation. In 2012 he was named a Businessperson of the Year by Fortune, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, one of the Best CEOs in America by Forbes, and he also received an Innovation Award from The Economist. In 2010 he was awarded the David Packard Medal of Achievement and was named by Fortune one of the Top 50 People in Business as well as one of the Smartest People in Tech.

Throughout his career, Benioff has been committed to using information technology to produce positive social change. In 2000, he launched the Foundation—now a multimillion-dollar global organization—which established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity, and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. Acknowledging his commitment to building partnerships between business and society to improve the state of the world, the members of the World Economic Forum named Benioff as one of its Young Global Leaders and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy presented Benioff with the coveted Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award.

Benioff is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California. He is on the Board of Directors at Cisco. Benioff is also the author of three books, including the national best seller Behind the Cloud.

Prior to launching, Benioff, a 30-year veteran of the software industry, spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation from 1986-1999. In 1984, he worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple’s Macintosh Division. He founded entertainment software company Liberty Software in 1979 when he was 15 years old.

Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1986.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Brigade Media 4/2014Venture Round$9.3M3
Kyriba Japan 3/2014Series B$2M5
IfOnly 10/2013Series A$9M13
Highfive 10/2013Series A$9.4M6
Liftopia 9/2013Series D$5M12
Urban Compass 9/2013Series A$25M6
Zuora 9/2013Series E$50M10
IfOnly 8/2013Seed$3M7
Quip 7/2013Venture Round$15M5
Clinkle 6/2013Seed$25M19
Upstart 4/2013Series A$5.9M7
Brandcast 2013Series A$1.5M1
Duetto 12/2012Series A$10.1M7
BlackJet 10/2012Venture Round$2.14M29
Mixpanel 5/2012Series A$10.3M4
Kyriba Japan 4/2012Series A$2M5
Zuora 11/2011Series D$36M8
Sift Science 9/2011Seed$1.6M10
Domo 5/2011Angel$10M15
Concur Japan 2/2011Series A$5M4
Zuora 11/2010Series C$20M6
Path 11/2010Angel$2.5M28
Home-Account 4/2009Series A$1M9
Mashery 10/2008Series B$7M8
Zuora 10/2008Series B$15M4
Lookery 9/2008Series A$2.25M2
ZocDoc 8/2008Series A$5M3
Tapulous 7/2008Angel$1.8M6
Qik 4/2008Series B$3M3
Zuora 3/2008Series A$6.5M2
Lookery 2/2008Seed$900k21
Validity Sensors 10/2006Series A$20M8



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  1. Brigade Media Raises $9.3M From Sean Parker To Shake Up American Democracy ( [edit]
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  4. From The Founders Of Docverse Comes Highfive, A Startup That’s Raised $13.5 Million To Disrupt Enterprise Communications ( [edit]
  5. Liftopia Raises $5M in Financing ( [edit]
  6. Hyperlocal Power: Urban Compass Raises $20M At A $150M Valuation; Adds Advance Publications And Marc Benioff As Investors ( [edit]
  7. Zuora Lands $50M From Next World, Paul Allen, Marc Benioff & More To Help Fuel The Rise Of The Subscription Economy ( [edit]
  8. Luminary” Access Site IfOnly Officially Launches With $3M in Funding From Tech Luminaries ( [edit]
  9. With $15M From Benchmark, Former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor’s Quip Aims to Take Productivity Mobile ( [edit]
  10. Clinkle Raises Celebrity-Filled $25M Round As It Gears Up To Eliminate The Physical Wallet ( [edit]
  11. Upstart, A Site For Crowdfunding People, Raises $5.9M From First Round, Eric Schmidt, And Others ( [edit]
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  13. Duetto Research Announces $10M Series A Funding Round ( [edit]
  14. Uber Co-Founder Garrett Camp Launches BlackJet, The “Uber For Private Jets” ( [edit]
  15. Mixpanel Raises $10M in Series A Financing ( [edit]
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  17. Subscription Billings Platform Zuora Nabs $36M From Index, Greylock At $300M-Plus Valuation ( [edit]
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  27. ZocDoc Gets $3 Million First Round For Doctor Booking Service ( [edit]
  28. Tapulous Wants To Be The RockYou Of Apple’s App Store ( [edit]
  29. Qik Raises $3M for Live Mobile Streaming ( [edit]
  30. Sociable ( [edit]
  31. Reed Hundt Invests in Facebook Ad-Platform Lookery ( [edit]
  32. Validity Sensors raises $20M more for fingerprint sensors ( [edit]
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