Since its creation by Marc Benioff in San Francisco Salesforce has grown in stature year upon year. With this the group of collective individuals have come together to form the Trailblazers. Here are some things you DON’T KNOW about the Trailblazer Community.

While you may think you know all you need to know about Salesforce, chances are there are still some nuggets of information out there that have escaped you. Salesforce is a huge thing, and there is a lot of story to tell.

Salesforce’s Origins

Salesforce is truly very big. Since it’s creation in 1999, it has grown to over 29,000 employees. That’s a huge chunk of people. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also 53 company locations worldwide.

2000 hit and with a new year came a new opportunity for Salesforce as they opened their new office before the launch of their product.

Salesforce invented the 1/1/1 model for business. This very simple model has allowed it to give back on a massive scale. The model demands that you give 1% of equity, 1% of product and 1% of employee hours back to the community.

Salesforce also builds economies. It is expected to be responsible for the creation of 3.3 million new jobs by 2022.

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list is legendary, and yes, Salesforce ranked at number 1.

Have a look at Salesforce’s brief history ‘here’

The Trailblazer Community

Do you ever think about the things you DON’T KNOW about the Trailblazer Community? This is the Salesforce community that takes in everyone who wants to be part of the Salesforce mission. That mission is based on some key principles that are summed up as follows:

  • trust
  • customer success
  • innovation
  • equality

If you take a look at Salesforce’s journey since 1999, you can see just how those principles are knitted in to everything it does.

However, not everyone knows just how Salesforce has empowered people. The Trailblazer community has a wealth of courses and ‘badges’ that are empowering people to become the employees of ‘the 4th Industrial Revolution’.

The Trailblazer hoodie (that amazingly hip piece of clothing that Trailblazers wear) was originally in grey. There was a bit of a problem with the first batch of hoodies as they were black. Salesforce stuck with it and the rest is history.

So far, over 10 million badges have been earned through the Trailblazer plan. Over a million learners have used it to better their careers and employability.

The Pledge 1% program has been responsible for some real change, especially in the non-profit sector. The good news with the Pledge 1% program is that pledging companies can choose which non-profits and causes they help.

Larry Ellison’s Little Kickstarter

The founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison, was one of the very first investors in Salesforce. Ellison famously invested around $2 million of his own money to get Salesforce moving.

Salesforce is big on volunteering. The top 100 volunteers every year gain an additional $10,000 for the non-profit organisation they have chosen to help. If that isn’t clear evidence of the Salesforce commitment to serving, nothing is.

Salesforce is a CRM at heart. And to prove that it is very much the market leader in that space. It has a 19% market share in the CRM industry.

As one of the biggest SAAS companies in the world, Salesforce continues to help people and organisations grow. It’s impossible to predict the future, but already Salesforce looks like it has embedded enough positive practices to continue with it’s mission to boost growth. These are just a few things you DON’T KNOW about the Trailblazer Community

Want to read more on Salesforce? Have a look at our previous blogs on Salesforce here ‘Salesforce’s GROWTH Over The Last Decade’ & ‘Could Google ACQUIRE Salesforce now?’