Bret Taylor

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Bret Taylor
Bret Taylor - TechCrunch Real-Time Stream Crunchup - 2009.jpg
Taylor in July 2009
BornJuly 10, 1980 (age 42)[1]
EducationStanford University (BS, MS)
OccupationCo-CEO at Salesforce; Chair of the board, Twitter
Known forFriendFeed
Google Maps
Quip
Facebook
Spouse(s)
Karen Padham
(m. 2006)
[2]
Websitesalesforce.com

Bret Taylor (born 1980)[3] is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He was the co-creator of Google Maps and CTO of Facebook.[4][5][6] Taylor is co-CEO at Salesforce and the chair of the board at Twitter.

Education[edit]

Taylor attended Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in computer science in 2002 and 2003, respectively.[7]

Career[edit]

In 2003, Taylor was hired by Google as an associate product manager.[5] In 2005, he co-created Google Maps.[5] Taylor left Google in June 2007 to join venture capital firm Benchmark Capital as an entrepreneur-in-residence, where he and several other former Google employees founded the social network web site FriendFeed.[8][9] Taylor was CEO of FriendFeed until August 2009, when the company was acquired by Facebook for an estimated $50 million.[10] The acquisition led to Facebook adopting the "Like" button from FriendFeed.[4] After the acquisition, Taylor joined Facebook and became CTO in 2010.[11]

In 2012, Taylor left Facebook to found Quip, a competitor to Google Docs.[6] Quip was acquired by Salesforce in 2016.[7] That year, Twitter announced that Taylor was appointed to their board of directors.[12] In 2021, he became chairman of Twitter.[4]

In 2017, Taylor was named chief product officer at Salesforce.[7] In 2019, Taylor was named president and chief operating officer at Salesforce.[13] As COO, Taylor led Salesforce's acquisition of Slack, which closed in 2021.[14] Taylor also led the creation of a system dubbed Customer 360 at Salesforce[15] and started an associate product manager program at the company.[16] In November 2021, Taylor was named vice chair and co-CEO at Salesforce.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "At Twitter and Salesforce, Bret Taylor Steps Into the Limelight". Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  2. ^ "Salesforce's Marc Benioff is betting $28 billion on Bret Taylor. So who is he?". Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  3. ^ Lashinsky, Adam (October 14, 2010). "40 under 40". Fortune.
  4. ^ a b c d Tilley, Aaron; Wells, Georgia (2021-12-18). "At Twitter and Salesforce, Bret Taylor Steps Into the Limelight". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  5. ^ a b c Levy, Ari (2018-09-22). "How Bret Taylor, a former Facebook and Google engineer, earned Marc Benioff's trust to become one of the most important execs at Salesforce". CNBC. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  6. ^ a b Stewart, Paayal Zaveri, Ashley. "Bret Taylor is officially Salesforce's co-CEO with Marc Benioff, ending over a year of speculation. Over a dozen insiders explain his meteoric rise to the top". Business Insider. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  7. ^ a b c Thomas, Owen (2020-12-20). "Salesforce's Marc Benioff is betting $28 billion on Bret Taylor. So who is he?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  8. ^ "Two top Google engineers leave — to Benchmark Capital". VentureBeat. 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  9. ^ Markoff, John (2007-10-01). "Service Helps Friends Share Their Online Discoveries". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  10. ^ Vascellaro, Jessica E. (2009-08-11). "Facebook Acquires Start-Up FriendFeed". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  11. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (2010-06-02). "Facebook promotes Bret Taylor to CTO". CNET News. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  12. ^ "Twitter adds Bret Taylor, former CTO at Facebook, to its board". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  13. ^ "Salesforce promotes Bret Taylor to president and COO". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  14. ^ "Bret Taylor Faces His Biggest Test at Salesforce". The Information. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Salesforce's Taylor emerges as CEO candidate - sources". Reuters. 2021-03-09. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  16. ^ Stewart, Paayal Zaveri, Ashley. "Bret Taylor is officially Salesforce's co-CEO with Marc Benioff, ending over a year of speculation. Over a dozen insiders explain his meteoric rise to the top". Business Insider. Retrieved 2022-03-24.

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