Marc Benioff

Marc Russell Benioff (born September 25, 1964, San Francisco, California) is Chairman & CEO of, the leading enterprise Cloud Computing company.

Benioff started in March 1999 in a rented San Francisco apartment and defined its mission as The End of Software. He is “credited with turning the software industry on its head” by using the Internet to “revamp the way software programs are designed and distributed.” He has long evangelized software-as-a-service as the model that would replace traditional enterprise software. He is the creator of the term “platform-as-a-service” and has extended’s reach by allowing customers to build their own applications on the company’s architecture, or in the “cloud”. He’s known for his willingness to take on very large competitors, frequently making outspoken remarks such as: "Part of our mission is to end Microsoft."  He is the author of three books, including the national best seller Behind the Cloud.

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