Bret Taylor
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Taylor in July 2009
Born (1980-07-10) July 10, 1980 (age 42)
EducationStanford University (BS, MS)
OccupationCo-CEO & Vice Chairman of Salesforce
Known for
Spouse
Karen Padham
(m. 2006)
[2]
Websitebackchannel.org

Bret Taylor (born July 10, 1980)[3] is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is most notable for co-creating Google Maps and his tenures as the CTO of Facebook (now Meta Platforms), the chairman of Twitter, Inc.'s board of directors prior to its acquisition by Elon Musk, and as the co-CEO of Salesforce (alongside Marc Benioff), the latter of which he will remain as until January 2023. Taylor was additionally one of the founders of FriendFeed and the creator of Quip.[4][5][6]

Education

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

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, Inc. announced that Taylor was appointed to their board of directors.[12] In 2021, he became chairman of Twitter.[4] He remained in the position until the entire board of directors were dissolved following the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk in October 2022.[13][14]

In 2017, Taylor was named chief product officer at Salesforce.[7] In 2019, Taylor was named president and chief operating officer at Salesforce.[15] As COO, Taylor led Salesforce's acquisition of Slack, which closed in 2021.[16] Taylor also led the creation of a system dubbed Customer 360 at Salesforce[17] and started an associate product manager program at the company.[6] In November 2021, Taylor was named vice chair and co-CEO at Salesforce.[4] On November 30, 2022, it was announced that Taylor would be stepping down as co-CEO and vice chair at Salesforce at the end of January 2023.[18][19]

References

  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?". 20 December 2020. 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 c 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. ^ Melillo, Gianna (2022-10-28). "Here are the executives that have exited Twitter". The Hill.
  14. ^ Conger, Kate (October 28, 2022). "How Twitter Will Change as a Private Company". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 28, 2022.
  15. ^ "Salesforce promotes Bret Taylor to president and COO". TechCrunch. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  16. ^ "Bret Taylor Faces His Biggest Test at Salesforce". The Information. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  17. ^ "Exclusive: Salesforce's Taylor emerges as CEO candidate - sources". Reuters. 2021-03-09. Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  18. ^ "Bret Taylor steps down as co-CEO of Salesforce, Marc Benioff stays on as CEO - sources". CNBC. 2022-11-30. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  19. ^ Duffy, Clare (2022-11-30). "Salesforce Co-CEO Bret Taylor steps down, leaving Marc Benioff alone at the top". CNN.