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    1. The Salesforce EVP Who Got Coworkers Equal Pay Wants You To Know This About Leadership

      International Women’s Day may be behind us, but the theme, #BeBoldforChange, has stuck with me. It got me thinking that it’s the perfect directive for women’s leadership in the workplace. When leaders are loud, fearless and bold, they can make a real impact on their environment. Personally, I’m known for shaking things up, being ‘bossy,’ making noise — and I love it. I embrace these adjectives because they are exactly what has allowed me to be effective in my career and create high-performing teams.

      Equality begins when employees are empowered to use their voices to create change ...

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    2. Women Who Lead: Stephanie Herrera, Salesforce MVP & Director of Salesforce and Business Operations at Spredfast

      This profile is published as part of Pledge 1%’s Women Who Lead series, which celebrates women in the Pledge 1% community who are creating change within their workplace and communities.

      Stephanie Herrera is a Salesforce MVP who works at Spredfast as the Director of Salesforce and Business Operations.  She got her start in Technology 19 years ago at Dell.  After Dell she went on to work for a few startups as well as Apple.  After Apple she focused 100% of her energy on the Salesforce Platform.  Stephanie also has 3 Salesforce certifications.  She lives and breathes Salesforce, so much ...

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    3. Former Unisys Federal VP Casey Coleman Joins Salesforce as Govt Solutions SVP

      Casey Coleman, formerly vice president of federal civilian business group at Unisys (NYSE: UIS), has joined Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) as senior VP of the customer relationship management technology firm’s global government solutions unit, GovCon Wire has learned.

      She oversees Salesforce’s global enterprise positioning strategy for the government and public sector in her new position.

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    4. Meet PractiFI, the Sydney startup crowned by Pip Marlow, Steve Baxter and Annie Parker at Salesforce’s World Tour

      A Sydney startup combining finance, regulation and insurance technology has won the crown at Salesforce’s inaugural PitchComp Down Under this month.

      PractiFI went head-to-head with communications service Zipline and fundraising platform Get Bennie in the competition, which was judged by former Microsoft managing director for Australia and New Zealand Pip Marlow, tech entrepreneur and Shark Tank investor Steve Baxter and muru-D co-founder Annie Parker on March 21.

      “PractiFI is a business management and customer engagement platform for wealth industry companies,” PractiFI co-founder Adrian Johnstone tells StartupSmart. 

      PractiFI, which launched in 2014 and has raised $1.3 million in seed ...

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      Mentions: Engagement
    5. IBM, Salesforce call for new skills to run AI technologies

      Artificial intelligence, which equips machines with humanlike thought processes, will remake entire industries, said IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty -- and, yes, it will likely lead to at least some people losing their jobs to robots. But the solution, she said, is cultivating the skills needed to run these new systems. "These technologies -- they will have impact on how people live and how they work, and they will have some impact on jobs," Rometty said at the IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas last week. "But they will also solve many more problems than they will create -- and like any new ...

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    6. Salesforce looks for a future beyond its walls with rising VC investments and acquisitions

      When it comes to investments and acquisitions, Salesforce has made headlines lately for deals that didn’t happen. The company’s rebuffed $26 billion bid for LinkedIn last year and a run at Twitter that never got off the ground would have ranked by far as Salesforce’s largest deals.

      But those non-deals overshadowed the things Salesforce has been doing, namely ramping up its venture capital investments to grow an ecosystem of partners as well as making the most acquisitions ever in its history last year. Even as Salesforce itself continues to grow organically, these aggressive moves are a sign ...

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    7. Almost time for SF’s Salesforce Tower to hit the top

      f you’ve been wondering when San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower would finally stop climbing higher and higher into the sky, the answer is — soon.

      The last steel beam will be maneuvered into place atop the 1,070-foot high-rise on April 6, developers Boston Properties and Hines revealed Friday. The high point will come four years after the ceremonial groundbreaking in March 2013, but barely a year since the first steel appeared above ground last March.

      This doesn’t mean work on the tower is finished, as is clear to anyone who looks at the skyline and sees the open ...

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    8. Salesforce lands Transamerica as Financial Services Cloud customer, adds Einstein AI

      Salesforce said it landed Transamerica Financial Network as a customer for its Financial Services Cloud, which was updated to include the Einstein artificial intelligence platform.

      For Salesforce, the trick is to migrate financials services companies, which were already using the company in many cases for customer relationship management offerings, to its more vertical-focused cloud. Rohit Mahna, general manager of Salesforce's financial services unit, said more firms are moving from the company's horizontal applications to more industry-focused clouds.

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    9. Marc Benioff Named Advisor of White House Office of American Innovation

      In a statement to Yahoo Finance, a Salesforce spokesperson said, “Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff doesn’t have a formal role in the Trump Administration but offers his thoughts and ideas when they are sought on topics on which he can be helpful.  He recently suggested a moonshot of 5 million apprenticeships by 2020 at a recent White House roundtable on workforce development with President Trump, German Chancellor Merkel and a few other CEOs.” 

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    10. FinancialForce Appoints Former NetSuite CMO to Drive Next Stage of Growth

      FinancialForce Appoints Former NetSuite CMO to Drive Next Stage of Growth

      Tod Nielsen, CEO of FinancialForce 

      “As an enterprise insider with extensive experience in the ERP space, Fred is an ideal marketing visionary who will propel FinancialForce as we move to our next phase of our growth,” said Tod . “He has a proven track record in building and leading world-class global marketing teams that will be key to cementing our leadership position in the ERP market.”

      Paul Greenberg, Managing Principal of The 56 Group and author of CRM at the Speed of Light.

      “The new model of marketing in the cloud era is about getting aligned with the customer. When you ...

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    11. Ford names Lynn Vojvodich to board

      Ford names Lynn Vojvodich to board

      U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co said on Friday it had elected former Salesforce.com Inc executive Lynn Vojvodich to its board of directors. Vojvodich, who has also held roles at Microsoft Corp and tech venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, will begin her new role in April. Vojvodich's expertise in the software industry will help Ford advance its customer experience strategy, the company said.

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    12. IBM, Salesforce Strike Global Partnership on Cloud, AI

      IBM, Salesforce Strike Global Partnership on Cloud, AI

      Are two clouds better than one?

      How about two nerdily-named artificial intelligence platforms?

      According to IBM and Salesforce, the answer to both of those questions is yes.

      The two Fortune 500 companies on Monday afternoon revealed a sweeping global strategic partnership that aligns one iconic company's multiyear turnaround effort with another's staggering growth ambitions. According to the terms of the deal, IBM and Salesforce will integrate artificial intelligence platforms (Watson and Einstein, respectively) and some of their software and services (e.g. a Salesforce component to ingest The Weather Company’s meteorological data). IBM will also deploy Salesforce ...

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    13. The Salesforce Incubator Welcomes Second Batch of Startups, With Focus on AI Innovation

      The Salesforce Incubator Welcomes Second Batch of Startups, With Focus on AI Innovation

      Innovation is one of our core values at Salesforce. We’ve been democratizing technology for our customers over the last 18 years, making cloud, mobile, social and IoT technologies available to companies of all sizes. And we’re now bringing even more power to our platform with Salesforce Einstein, a breakthrough technology that embeds advanced AI capabilities directly into the Salesforce Platform, empowering any company to deliver more predictive and personalized customer experiences across sales, service, marketing, commerce and more.

      It’s with this backdrop that I’m excited to welcome a new group of 15 startups into the Salesforce ...

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    14. Salesforce #8 on Fortune 100 Great Place to Work

      Salesforce #8 on Fortune 100 Great Place to Work

      Since 1998, Fortune has been publishing a list of employees’ 100 favorite companies in the country. The result has been a two-decade tour de force showcasing industry-leading benefits, like Adobe’s six-month paid maternity leave, and mind-bending perks, like Publix’s holiday bonus of up to a month’s wages for supermarket employees.

      But far more important than any lavish policy or fancy freebie, employees in the organizations on this list say they trust their coworkers and managers.

      These companies aren’t just being generous, of course. Over the years our research and consulting firm, Great Place to Work, and ...

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    15. Salesforce And Why This Is The Year Of 'Einstein'

      Salesforce And Why This Is The Year Of 'Einstein'

      Salesforce And Why This Is The Year Of 'Einstein' Wayne Duggan Tweet Share According to DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews, you don’t have to be a genius to see that salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM )’s 2017 will be all about Einstein. Einstein is Salesforce’s recently-launched artificial intelligence technology that is now integrated into the company’s cloud services platform. DA Davidson attended Salesforce’s customer kickoff event, and Andrews noted several key takeaways.

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    16. Ex-Salesforce Exec Leaves 'Best Software Company in the World' to Run Sigstr

      Ex-Salesforce Exec Leaves 'Best Software Company in the World' to Run Sigstr

      Digital Marketing New CEO Bryan Wade wants to bring “trust and transparency” to Sigstr. PHOTO: sigstr Over the past 12 years, Bryan Wade has built "the rocket ship of email" at ExactTarget and then "joined the mothership" at Salesforce, where he was most recently Chief Product Officer of Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

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