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Salesforce’s 20th Anniversary: Celebrating Two Decades of Our Ohana

On March 8, 1999, Marc Benioff, Parker Harris, Frank Dominguez, and Dave Moellenhoff gathered in a small one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco to begin the Salesforce journey. They would build a company based on three breakthrough ideas: pioneering a new technology model in the cloud; a subscription business model; and an integrated philanthropy model. And, it would revolutionize the software industry.

Twenty years later, Salesforce’s 36,000 employees are continuing that revolution, democratizing cloud, mobile, social, IoT, and AI technologies for companies of every size and industry. Driven by our core values — Trust, Customer Success, Innovation and Equality for all — Salesforce has changed the way the world does business and at the same time, improved the state of the world. On this 20th birthday, we want to say thank you to our entire Ohana (the Hawaiian word for family) and our community of Trailblazers. We couldn’t have done any of this without you.

Early days: Salesforce co-founders Marc Benioff and Frank Dominguez in the first office.

Don’t miss today’s story from San Francisco Chronicle business editor Owen Thomas titled “After 20 years, Salesforce keeps rising through the cloud.” Have you been following our digital scrapbook of Salesforce memories? Here are some highlights, and check out our visual timeline featuring 20 years of milestones, found here:

· Mr. Gore Goes to Dreamforce: Salesforce’s sustainability team recalls hosting Dreamforce’s first climate summit.

· How Advice from Steve Jobs Inspired the AppExchange: Find out how two tech leaders collaborated in the app economy.

· Flashback: Oracle OpenWorld 2011: Your keynote gets canceled? What do you do?

· The Moment we Honored MLK as a Company of Allies: Learn about the power of allyship and how we went from 100 to 1200 people attending the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march in two years.

Salesforce Co-Founders Parker Harris and Marc Benioff get messy eating birthday cake.

Employees were thrilled when this grammy-winning guy showed up to today’s 20th birthday celebration:


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