Salesforce Rises in Benioff’s Shadow to Become a Force in Venture Capital

Looking for up-and-coming startups is a competitive business in Silicon Valley, but it becomes much harder when one of the field’s highest-profile practitioners is your boss.

That’s the position John Somorjai, head of venture investing at Inc., finds himself in. He answers to Salesforce Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff, who has become one of the most-active investors in early-stage technology businesses — independently of the enterprise-software company he runs.