Marc Benioff would buy Twitter if he could
To be clear, he won’t actually do that. “I would never buy Twitter,” Benioff told Harlow. “Because I want something doesn’t mean I’ll have it…I’d like to go for a sundae now with three tablespoons of ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and cherries. But I’m not going to get it.”
Benioff added that he still believes Twitter is “the biggest, most unrealized, most underrated brand” in tech and that it is “an amazing company, a great brand, a great platform that can do incredible things for the future,” adding that “I have always been in love with the product. I use it every I strongly believe that this still has a tremendous amount of potential for the future.”
“When I went to buy Twitter and I was having those conversations, all the contributors came to me and said, ‘You can stop that now,’ he said. You will not pursue this vision,” adding, “It has been a difficult moment. For me.”
Help the planet and employees
Aside from his comments on Twitter, Benioff also discussed with Harlow his concerns about what’s next for the global economy. Investors are clearly concerned, too. Salesforce shares are down more than 40% so far this year.
Benioff said deflation in Japan and Europe are potential problems, and he believes Europe and the UK are “in a recession”. But he does not think the United States is in a recession.
“We can do everything,” he said. “We can have very high revenues, very high profits, very high cash flow, and we can manage all our stakeholders.” “This means that we manage for our employees, our customers, our communities, our homeless, and yes, the planet is a major contributor as well.”
“I love what he did. I think we [Salesforce] “It also needs to do more,” Benioff said.
He said, “We have to be for equality and dignity for every human being, and if it’s not for equality and dignity then…it’s not something I can work with. And we’re going to have to get out of your city or state.”