AI Weekly: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Marc Benioff, and the future of the world

This week at the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual gathering that put tech executives at the same table as far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called San Francisco the canary in the coal mine. “San Francisco is kind of a train wreck; we have a real inequality problem,” he said. “It’s…Read More

Billionaire Marc Benioff celebrates after San Francisco votes for new tax that will take millions from big tech firms to solve the city’s homelessness crisis

Kimberly White / Stringer Proposition C, a measure which will tax San Francisco’s largest companies in order to combat homelessness, passed on Tuesday. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has been a vocal proponent of Prop C and hailed the victory in a tweet. Prop C would target Salesforce, which Benioff has estimated will pay between $ […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Make “Star Wars on Acid,” Emilia Clarke Says

Game of Thrones will soon close out its buzzy, critically acclaimed eight-season run next year, putting an end to the zeitgeist that the HBO series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ruled over for nearly a decade. But Benioff and Weiss will soon find themselves in the cockpit of yet another beloved franchise. Lucasfilm announced the Game of […]

LearnLux wins PerfectPitch competition, gets $400,000 from Sound Ventures and Marc Benioff

Today, Sound Ventures held its PerfectPitch startup competition at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Five early-stage founders pitched in front of a star-studded jury panel, which included Sound Ventures founding partner Ashton Kutcher, actor Matthew McConaughey, and Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff. But the real star was Rebecca Liebman, the cofounde…Read More

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: Facebook should be regulated like the cigarette industry (CRM)

CNBC Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says some technology has addictive qualities and should be regulated. Benioff is the latest high profile tech executive to raise questions about the way some tech products have become intertwined in people’s daily lives.  Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff may have made his billions selling software, but that doesn’t mean he’s […]

Marc Benioff relies on these monks for guidance — here are their tips for holding better, more mindful meetings (CRM)

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has a close relationship with the monks and nuns from Plum Village. The monastics, as they’re known, visited San Francisco from around the US and France this week for Salesforce’s 170,000-person conference, where they have a tent set up to share mindfulness and meditation practices with conference attendees.  One of those […]

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff bashes Microsoft: ‘They just can’t keep that management team in place’ (MSFT, CRM)

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff slammed Microsoft at an analyst event, hitting the rival company on executive turnover and market share. Benioff said Microsoft is too focused on Windows to really compete with Salesforce’s core customer relationship management (CRM) software. In 2016, Microsoft beat Salesforce to acquire LinkedIn, a move Benioff doesn’t appear to have forgiven.  […]

Game of Thrones' Dan Weiss and David Benioff receive INTENSE backlash for new slavery show

The pair will continue at their home on HBO, and the drama will debut in the next two years following the finale of Game of Thrones. But the complicated premise, which details an alternate timeline of the events leading up to the Third American Civil War where the southern states have seceded from the Union, […]

‘Confederate’: HBO Announces New Drama Series From ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Game of Thrones just began its penultimate season, but with the eighth and final season looming, we’ve been wondering what showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would do after its over. Would they take on a larger role on one of the Thrones spin-offs currently in development? Maybe make the jump to feature films? Go into […]

Marc Benioff says the ‘roaring’ market has ended Salesforce’s $5 billion buying binge (CRM)

Salesforce famously went on a record shopping spree in 2016, spending roughly $ 5 billion on acquiring companies like Quip (purchased for $ 750 million) and Krux ($ 700 million).  And Salesforce didn’t even fill its shopping cart up as much as it wanted, with a failed bid for LinkedIn (which Microsoft acquired for $ 26 billion) and […]