If you were thinking that the current lineup for presidential elections is quite wild, here is a different kind of option: rumor goes that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is going to run for President in 2020. And to make sure the word gets out, a #DreamForce15 team is walking around giving away $2 for each tweet featuring the tag #Benioff2020.
Not to deviate the discussion to the eternal Trump, but I have to confess that I rehashed several relationships with some friends, who said they would consider voting Donald because "he is a great businessman" and therefore he will do a great job running the country. How about this, "friends": wait four more years and vote in a real great businessman, who is also intelligent, and is not afraid of meaningful charity (for details see Benioff Children's Hospital )
The first one is Fingertip, a startup based in Finland, which deals with one of my favorite topics: social decision-making in organizational cultures. Fingertip app introduces a new approach to organizational culture optimization, a holistic methodology that captures the entire lifecycle of a decision from the triggering question to collaborating for the best solution, execution and evaluation. At Cloud Expo Founder Jaakko Pellosniemi gives away his new book, Social Decision-Making.
The second cool startup I saw at Cloud Expo was Event Presence: can't attend an event live for various reasons -such as if your name is Edward Snowden? Or maybe you have difficulties being in large crowds, or speaking in front of a live audience? No problem, you can now rent a Beam, which you or your assistant can pilot around the event grounds, from anywhere in the world. I had the pleasure to chat with Event Presence CEO, Steve Ernst, who introduced me to Michelle Posey, Certified Class 4-Commercial Beam Pilot. Michelle was beaming from lovely Monterey, California:
Oh, and one more thing: there is free food, free coffee and free ice-cream, provided for all DreamForce15 attendees by Adobe food trucks (Mission St. and New Montgomery). As well as free massage -plus coffee and pastries- at Optimizely co-working space.