HomeKnow-HowJeff Weiner and Marc Benioff's favourite books

Jeff Weiner and Marc Benioff’s favourite books

Books have the power to transform lives and businesses. With our section “The favourite books of…” we introduce you to the favourite books of some of the most successful internet entrepreneurs. Today we’re looking at the bookshelf of Jeff Weiner and Marc Benioff:

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

Jeff-WeinerIn an interview with Bizjournals.com in 2013, Jeff mentioned the two books that have had the biggest influence on him. Number one is “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama. Jeff Weiner said: “That’s where I learned the true definition of compassion and the difference between compassion and empathy and how important it is to aspire to live compassionately and manage compassionately.”

The other book he mentioned is “Being Digital” by Nicholas Negroponte. In 1994, Jeff had just landed a job at Warner Bros, in the corporate development group. He was reading this book at the time and one of the key points the book was that everything that can be converted from an atom, to a bit, will be. He stated: “So I looked around Warner Bros. and thought, well, that’s going to have some pretty serious implications for a studio and for media.”

Marc Benioff, founder and CEO of Salesforce.com

Marc-BenioffMarc is also the author of three books, including the national best seller “Behind the Cloud“. In Behind the Cloud, Marc Benioff describes the ups and downs of building Salesforce.com, and reveals the tactics that gave his company amazing edge.

What you probably did not know about Marc Benioff yet is that he has an affinity towards Eastern philosophy; he meditates and practices yoga. On this topic, one Marc Benioff’s favourite books is Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War“. The Art of War is an old Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. Each of the 13 chapters is devoted to one aspect of warfare.

By the way: If you’d like to stay up-to-date regarding startup news and interesting opportunities, make sure to subscribe to our free weekly EU-Startups Newsletter.

Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).

Most Popular