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Salesforce gets some Slack – The Economist

Marc Benioff has his sights set on tech’s big league

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MARC BENIOFF got the idea for the ohana corporate culture on a sabbatical in Hawaii. The term refers to a network of families bound together. He likes to think of Salesforce, the worlds third-biggest software firm, which he founded and runs, as just such a network. On December 1st Mr Benioff welcomed Slack, an instant-messaging tool, to his ohana. The $27.7bn deal is one of the biggest ever in the software industry.
Like many family alliances the tie-up is partly about power and feuds. Slacks product…

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