Salesforce.com is arguably one of the most influential enterprise tech companies in the world.
Founded in 1999 by Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com is best known for its customer relationship management (CRM) software.
It posted a little over $US4 billion in revenue last year, and has a market cap of $US34.6 billion. With roughly 10,000 employees, it’s the largest tech employer in San Francisco.
Salesforce.com was also named #1 on Forbes’ “Most Innovative Companies” list for four consecutive years.
But for all of its success over the years, Salesforce.com employees have only founded a handful of startups. We’re not sure why this is the case, but it might be because not many employees leave there, as it’s repeatedly ranked one of the best companies to work for.
We’ve put together 8 of the more interesting startups launched by ex-Salesforce.com employees through the years.
What it does: Cloud/mobile identity management software
Funding so far: $155 million
Role at Salesforce.com: As senior VP of engineering, McKinnon grew his his team from 15 to 250 engineers. McKinnon said he loved his job at Salesforce, but saw a huge opportunity in cloud password management that he couldn't pass up. Benioff wasn't too happy and turned down an offer to invest early in Okta.
What it does: Cloud billing and invoicing for recurring revenue businesses
Funding so far: $127.5 million
Role at Salesforce.com: Tzou was Salesforce.com's employee #11 and its first Chief Marketing Officer. Benioff did invest in Zuora when Tzou left Salesforce.com in 2008.
Company: Heresay Social
What it does: Provides software for financial services teams to better-use social media to boost sales and productivity
Funding so far: $51 million
Role at Salesforce.com: Shih was the first product marketer of AppExchange, the business app store from salesforce.com. She was the product line manager overseeing product marketing and data analytics. She's also the author of NY Times best seller, 'The Facebook Era.'
Company: Connery Consulting
What it does: HR advisory services focused on tech and financial markets
Funding so far: N/A
Role at Salesforce.com: Connery was one of the first 10 employees at Salesforce.com. As the founding VP of Human Resources there, she was responsible for recruiting more than 650 employees. Based on her experience running all of recruiting and HR at Salesforce.com, Connery founded Connery Consulting with another Salesforce.com alum, Thanh Nguyen.
What it does: Cloud-based marketing software that simplifies localisation by translating any type of content or document.
Funding so far: $2.4 million
Role at Salesforce.com: Yancey started his career managing the salesforce.com website, before eventually becoming senior product engineer there. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Okta CEO Todd McKinnon have invested in Cloudwords.
Company: Full Circle CRM
What it does: Provides marketing performance management solutions for Salesforce marketing users
Funding so far: $500K
Role at Salesforce.com: Carter was senior VP of service and support at Salesforce.com. She realised the need for a more data-driven approach to marketing, so she built Full Circle CRM on top of the salesforce.com platform.
What it does: Saleshood is a subscription service providing real life sales best practices, and a platform for meeting other sales professionals
Funding so far: N/A
Role at Salesforce.com: Cohen was in charge of creating and executing all sales productivity programs at Salesforce.com, which grew from a $US500 million to $US3 billion enterprise during his stay. He was named the company's '2011 Top Executive.'
What it does: Online survey software that helps create visually rich, engaging online polls
Funding so far: $2.3 million
Role at Salesforce.com: Swensrud was the chief marketing officer at Salesforce.com, but left after six years with Whiteley, who was senior VP at the time, with the vision of creating a modern survey marketing software.