This year at Dreamforce ‘17, Salesforce Ventures, our corporate Venture arm and Salesforce for Startups, our startup portal, worked hand in hand to bring 28 startup Trailblazers to the Startup Valley with the goal to inspire you.

To spread the energy of Startup Valley beyond the show, we’ve captured a ton of startup stories to turn them into 25 short but inspiring soundtracks. Fun fact: A 19’ Airstream Bambi was our podcast studio.


Fuel Social Change


Salesforce believes that businesses can be powerful platforms for change and that’s why, in October, we’ve announced a new $50 million Impact Fund from Salesforce Ventures that will accelerate the growth of companies using Salesforce technology to address challenges across workforce development, equality, sustainability and the social sector.

Hear from three startups that are blazing that trail with us:



Photo: Claudine Emeott, Director of Impact Investment at Salesforce, with Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest

Financial equality is one step closer. Sallie Krawcheck’s mission is to close the gender investing gap—a serious issue for women that led her to start Ellevest, an investing and financial planning platform for women. After hitting the wall a few times with investors who didn’t get it, she came to Salesforce “because the company has demonstrated leadership in closing the pay gap.” It turns out, her outread perfectly aligned with the launch of the Impact fund. Serendipity.

Listen to the full story:



Photo: Claudine Emeott, Director of Impact Investment at Salesforce, with Roddy Lindsay, CEO and Co-Founder of Hustle

Hustle is a peer-to-peer text messaging platform for organizations to build “legitimate one to one engagement” with their supporters, customers, members and voters. After six years at Facebook, as one of their first data scientists, it was the passion for politics and advocacy that led Roddy Lindsay to apply his technology skills to supporting equal access to education and information. “We think of Hustle as a system of engagement” and integrating with a CRM, like Salesforce, makes Hustle that much more efficient. Salesforce is also their single source of truth when it comes to tracking their goals and grow the business.

Listen to the full story:



Photo: Claudine Emeott, Director of Impact Investment at Salesforce, with Susan Tobes, Head of Sales at ACME

ACME is a commerce platform that supports visitor engagement for the cultural institution space—we’re talking organizations like zoos and museums. It is undoubtedly one of the markets in the nonprofit sector that has been underserved by technology. Moving to a SaaS offer like ACME  helps these institutions focus on their mission, while the platform also provides institutions a better understanding of returning customers and, potentially, turns them into loyal donors. When powerful ACME data gets pushed to Salesforce, magic happens.

Listen to the full story:


Check out the first two posts from Startup Valley at Dreamforce and learn from trailblazing startups that are partnering with Salesforce and helping companies leverage AI in their business.