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Marc Benioff

Home: San Francisco
Benioff is one of the keenest evangelists of software as a service and has continued to drive, a company he founded in 1999, forward in his own inimitable style. Recent highlights include Salesforce successfully distributing its software-as-a-service platform (, on which businesses can develop and run their own on-demand applications) and integrating its CRM software (the firm’s bread and butter) with Google Apps. It’s hard to find any article on cloud computing (using computer resources from a location other than your current one) that doesn’t mention him.

Jerry Yang
Company: Yahoo!
Home: Los Altos Hills
Yang co-founded Yahoo! with Filo in 1994. He has been instrumental in the company’s growth, as he focuses on corporate strategy, technology, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and talent recruitment. He was appointed as the company’s CEO in 2007, in hopes of establishing Yahoo! as a real competitor for Google. Unfortunately, amidst a failed, unsolicited buyout attempt by Microsoft, and a deal with Google that was challenged by the government’s antitrust laws, Yang and Yahoo! endured a series of hardships. Yang announced he would step down from his role as CEO as soon as a suitable replacement is found. Yang also serves on the board of Yahoo! Japan, Cisco Systems, and Corporation, and he is currently on a leave of absence from Stanford’s electrical engineering Ph.D. program.

Scott Cook
Company: Intuit, Inc.
Home: Woodside
Scott Cook co-founded Intuit Inc. in 1983 and now serves as the chairman of the Executive Committee. Before founding Intuit, he managed consulting assignments in banking and technology for Bain & Company, a corporate strategy consulting firm. He previously worked for household products giant Procter & Gamble in various marketing positions, including brand manager, for four years. Cook is a member of the board of directors of eBay; Procter & Gamble; the Asia Foundation; the Harvard Business School Dean’s Advisory Board; the Center for Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin; and the Intuit Scholarship Foundation.

Michael Moritz
Company: Sequoia Capital
Home San Francisco
Welsh-born, Wharton-educated Moritz has arguably been the top tech dealmaker on the planet since the Internet took off. He joined Sequoia Capital (The Entrepreneurs Behind the Entrepreneurs) in 1986; prior to that, he worked in a variety of positions at Time Warner and was a founder of Technologic Partners. He was the leader behind Sequoia’s prescient 1995 stake in Yahoo! Four years later, the investment was in Google. He became a board member and stayed until 2007, a span that saw Google explode from a startup into a multi-billion dollar behemoth.

David Duffield
Company: Workday
Home: Alamo
Duffield rose to prominence (and an annual spot on Forbes’ wealthiest list) building PeopleSoft into a software juggernaut, via its rare combination of killer competitive edge, customer service, and congenial office culture. As he promoted core values that never strayed from people, innovation, integrity, and fun, PeopleSoft grew into the second-largest application software firm. In the past several years he’s been priming his new company, Workday, to challenge Oracle and SAP AG with on-demand software that allows customers to manage biz tasks online, instead of installing pricey programs on company computers.