Sometimes you would think that there aren't any interesting characters in the technology business whose names are not Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. While Gates and Jobs have both had fascinating journeys over the past three decades, if you want to hear about some of the most colorful and influential characters in the high tech world, you need to look beyond tech's two top icons.
One of the interesting figures you may not know much about is Mark Benioff, co-founder and CEO of Salesforce.com. Dan Farber, editor in chief of News.com (TechRepublic's sister site in CNET Networks), recently interviewed Benioff as part of the Super Techies series.
Some of the topics Benioff discussed in the interview include:
- Writing games on his Radio Shack TRS 80
- His time at Apple as a Macintosh programmer
- How he learned to sell software at Oracle
- His mid-career sabbatical to Hawaii and India
- His vision of Internet apps at Salesforce.com
- A new approach to philanthropy - "compassion capitalism"
- Marc Benioff: From assembly programmer to software magnate (CNET News.com)
- Marc Benioff: Marketing maverick's journey from Apple to Salesforce (ZDNet)
- Benioff takes stock of software shifts (CNET News.com)
Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.