Salesforce Chair and CEO Marc Benioff joined Jim Cramer on CNBC’s “Mad Money” following Tuesday’s release of Q3 Fiscal Year 2021 results. The two discussed Salesforce’s strong quarter, the company’s signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Slack Technologies, today’s work-from-anywhere environment, and more.
“Customers are rearchitecting how they are working,” Benioff said. “They’re building a 360-degree view of their customers, they have the ability to work from anywhere, and to connect to their customers from anywhere. Now, there is this incredible window into a collaborative interface for all of our services and the whole set of enterprise services of Slack. There’s never been a more important point in our history at Salesforce.”
Salesforce announced Q3 FY21 revenue of $5.42 billion, up 20% year-over-year (19% in constant currency), and raised its revenue guidance. Salesforce trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CRM.
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