Salesforce has evolved from being a cloud SFA tool in 1999 to THE Enterprise CRM platform in 2010, to become the premier development environment that enterprises use to build their mission-critical sales, marketing, customer service business systems, workflows, and processes.
Attending Dreamforce is a must for anyone in the SaaS business ecosystem, even if you are a CRM vendor like myself.
Why you may ask? Because it’s the largest gathering of editors, analysts, bloggers, influencers, developers, Independent Software Vendors and resellers in the world.
It’s a fishbowl of business development for anyone involved in cloud business software.
To get ready, read our #DF18 sister post How to be a Nimble Networker at #DF18 and follow our Dreamforce 2018 Twitter list which you can import into your free trial of Nimble and immediately engage at scale with our Nimble/Salesforce integration along with 100+ other in-app integrations.
BTW, let me introduce myself. My name is Jon Ferrara. I helped pioneer CRM and contact management with GoldMine CRM, a company I co-founded before many of today’s CRMs existed. I am currently the CEO and founder of Nimble – The simple smart CRM that works for you everywhere you work. Built for Office 365 and G Suite.
I respect and admire what Marc Benioff and his team have built at Salesforce and consider Dreamforce to be the premier enterprise software event of the year.
That’s why I created a list of people to network with at Dreamforce to help anyone attending to identify the most influential cross-section of key contacts to connect with. It’s a mix of Sales and CRM people including key Salesforce team members and its constituencies.
In alphabetical order, 70 influencers I’ll be following at Dreamforce 2018:
To Dreamforce 2018! Everybody have a great time!
JBarrows Sales Training
@JohnMBarrow Sales Trainer to the world’s fastest growing companies. Published Author in Inc., Huffington Post, Forbes & Fortune.
@Benioff – email@example.com
Chief Executive Officer
The Bridge Group, Inc.
@bridgegroupinc – Sales Development & Inside Sales Thinker, Writer, Builder. Passionate about all things related to phone, web and social prospecting
Co-founder of Pardot
EVP & GM of Sales Cloud at Salesforce
@AdamBlitzer – Co-founder of Pardot; EVP & GM of Sales Cloud at Salesforce
Co-Chief Executive Officer
@KeithBlock – Co-CEO @Salesforce. Boston sports fan, love history, fan of Eddie, Joe, Bruce, and the dropkicks
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
@karlybolton – PR @salesforce. San Francisco enthusiast hailing from the greatest city on earth.
Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and Research Fellow
@Tiffani_Bova – Growth & Innovation Evangelist @Salesforce | Book: Growth IQ | Podcast: What’s Next! | Thinking About & Sharing Bold Ideas | #Sales #CX #GrowthIQ
Sr. Director Product Marketing
@TimxClarke – Sr. Director Product Marketing @Salesforce responsible for @SalesforceCPQ. Created #SalesMachine & @Quotable. @Arsenal & @SoulCycle fan
VP for Strategic Research
@petercoffee – I work with app developers and CIOs to build a global community of innovation, service and success
Chief Value Officer
@RobDesisto – Chief Value Officer, Salesforce
Global Editor in Chief
@ldignan – Global Editor in Chief, ZDNet, a CBS Interactive property
@brentdowney – @salesforce MVP, http://AdminHero.com blogger and Coloradan. Husband. Father. Prone to fits of uncontrollable laughter
Vice President, Trailhead
@TheChrisDuarte – VP, @trailhead Content at @salesforce. Opinions here are my own
Enterprise Irregulars, Cloud Ave
@ZoliErdos | Editor / Publisher, CloudAve & Enterprise Irregulars. Software Industry Commentator. Former life: SAP, Deloitte, IBM
Chief Research Officer
@mfauscette | chief research officer G2 Crowd, biz software, social tech, digital xformation, professional speaker, blogger, photographer, writer
Director, Admin Evangelism
@MikeGerholdt – @Salesforce Admin Evangelist empowering others to learn & make the world a better place | Lead foot Mopar owner
Erica Stone Gilbert
Sr. Salesforce & Marketing Automation Administrator, Platform Analyst
Brunswick Boat Group
@resplendentlyme – NPO President | L3C Co-Founder | Sr Salesforce/Pardot Admin & SFDC UG Co-Leader | Eloqua/Marketo/Pardot PM | Sushi & Cupcake Foodie | INFJ
Vice President, Senior Salesforce Administrator
@nanahg3 – Quirky Mom, @Salesforce MVP, Love karaoke, yoga, audiobooks & vlookups. F4 Tornado Survivor 12/26/15!
The 56 Group
@pgreenbe – All things customer-facing; author, consultant, speaker. Loves family, friends, all animals and, of course, the NY Yankees
Managing Consultant – Service and Support
@CRMFYI – Salesforce MVP, Service Cloud egghead for @appirio, as well as Disney freak (churros anyone?) and @Evernote geek
Founder and Salesforce Consultant
Cloud Vandana Solutions
@atul31gupta – #Salesforce MVP | 8X | Founder #CloudVandana Solutions | #SalesforceSaturday | @newdelhisfdcdug| #Simplilearn #Salesforce Course Designer
Senior Software Engineer
@rakeshistom – Author | 4x Salesforce MVP | Salesforce Architect | #SalesforceCoach | #Blogger@Automationchamp | @SFDC_MumbaiLeader | @Pardot Expert
Co-Founder, EVP Technology
Chief Executive Officer
@rharris415 – CEO of Harris Consulting Group & Head of #Salestraining @SalesHacker Top 25 Inside #Sales Leader 3 yrs in a row, Husband, Father, & Springsteen Fan
Vice President and Principal Analyst
@dhinchcliffe | Thinker, strategist, enterprise architect, keynote speaker, analyst, book author, futurist on IT, #EnSw, #digitalworkplace, #cx, #cio. @Constellationr @ZDNet
Vice President, Research
@megheuer – It’s all about the customer. Always has been. B-to-B therapist @SiriusDecisions. I help b2b deliver & measure results. Recipes @frommegskitchen
@jesus_hoyos | Managing Director, Solvis Consulting. CRM Consultant, Speaker & Influencer. Currently working on CRM and Marketing Automation engagements.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hurwitz & Associates
@jhurwitz – author, software industry thought leader, consultant, industry analyst on cloud, big data, analytics, machine learning, Cognitive computing + customer benefit
Vice President, CTO for Customer Connection
@Charlieisaacs – VP, CTO for Customer Connection at @salesforce – I help Connect Customers and their Products. #Ally #IoT #Diversity#STEAM #Inclusion #SalesforceOhana
Social Media Business Strategist
@evankirstel – #B2B #Digital #Influencer Helping clients w #SocialMediaMarketing in #IoT #Cloud#Telecom #IT #mobile, I’m at #ATTbizsummit
Vice President, Community
@ericakuhl – Vice President, Community at Salesforce | cyclist | runner | ski bum | wife | mom | these words are my own
@BrentLeary – A guy trying to make sense of it all
Analyst, Program Director – Conversational Intelligence
@mjayliebs – Husband, Dad, Brother, Cycler and Hack Photographer – Conversational Intelligence, Conversational Commerce #IA #ChatBots #AI, #ML #CX #Analyst
Jason M. Lemkin
Founder and Trusted Advisor
@jasonlk – SaaS enthusiast @SaaStr + $90m @SaaStrFund. CoFounder/CEO EchoSign (@AdobeDocCloud). VP Web Biz @Adobe. Also built implantable nanobatteries that saved lives
Chief Executive Officer & Lead Analyst
@JimLundy – CEO & Lead Analyst at Aragon. We cover the Digital Workplace: AI, Collaboration, BPM, RPA, Video, Content, Learning/Talent, Sales/Marketing. Sigma Chi alum
@charleneli | Helping leaders thrive with disruption as a Principal Analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet Company. Author, Engaged Leader & Open Leadership, Co-Author Groundswell
Sr. Account Executive, Strategic Enterprise Retail
@mikedmerrill | Sr. Enterprise Account Exec. for Strategic Retail @Salesforce, TEDx & Keynote Speaker, Identical Twin, Cyclist, Chief Bacon Maker
Senior Vice President, Innovation Strategy
@mimaoz – SVP Innovation Strategy, Salesforce. Former Gartner VP Distinguished Analyst and Fellow
SVP Product Management for Sales Cloud
@wjmoxley – SVP Product Management for Sales Cloud @Salesforce.com
Smart Selling Tools, Inc.
@sellingtools – We give fast, actionable advice on how to build a #salestech strategy for killer sales growth. On Forbes Top 30 Social Selling thought leader list
Chief Marketing Officer
@jeffnolan – Bay Area native, urban farmer, gear head… oh yeah, I know a lot about building teams and marketing enterprise technology
SaaSy Solutions, LLC
@SalesforceAmy – @Salesforce MVP | Freelance Consultant | @Dreamforce #Speaker | @GifSquad_c | #OhanaChai | #CLE Women In Tech Leader | @SFIndiaDreamin Core Team
@sameerpatel – CEO @Kahuna, the consumer engagement platform used by iconic marketplaces – classifieds, consumer services, ride sharing. Formerly GM @SAP/SuccessFactors
Salesforce Advisor, Developer and Architect
@danieljpeter – @salesforce MVP | Bay Area #SalesforceDeveloper Group Leader | /salesforce.com MacGyver | @Dreamforce | TrailheaDX
Vice President, Customer Service Innovation
@drnatalie = 1 of 250 Top Most Influential Women, voted Top Social Media, #Custserv & CRM Professionals; VP, Service Cloud Salesforce
Beagle Research Group
@DenisPombriant – Software industry analyst, author, and award winning blogger. The Age of Sustainability
@jonerp – Diginomica co-founder + Enterprise Irregular who blogs/videocasts on the enterprise, w/ dash of bootstrappin’ + media hacks. OK, I rant sometimes.
Michael T. Rose
Director, Solutions Engineering
@MikeTRose – SE manager @salesforce, tech writer & editor, podcast co-host @the_aftershow, husband of @heidihoover (rabbi of @bshert_brooklyn) & dad. @TUAW 2006-2015
Sean Leo Ryan
Director of Strategic Services, Salesforce Success Cloud
@seanleoryan – Customer experience, cloud platforms, business model innovation, digital disruption, and seeking awesome
Keynote Speaker and CEO
Deeper Media, Inc.
@sanderssays – New York Times bestselling author of Love Is the Killer App. Divi Project advisor. Advocate of collaboration
EVP Salesforce Essentials & Small and Medium Business
@MeredSchmidt – EVP Salesforce Essentials & Small and Medium Business, @Salesforce. Love to cook, travel, and spend time with my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Baxter
CEO Marketing Cloud and Chief Analytics Officer
@rlstutz | CEO Marketing Cloud and Chief Analytics Officer, Salesforce.com. Life is all about the relationships we build & keep over time
Rule Breaker and Change Maker
@RichSimmondsZA – Father | Professional Keynote Speaker & Facilitator | Disruptor, RuleBreaker & ChangeMaker | Top 20 Global Online Influencer | Bitcoin Opportunities | Author
Senior Vice President, Strategy
@jtaschek – Communications, market, competitive, influence, strategy @salesforce since 2003. Aspire to be a seething mass of enlightenment
@ubercool – Inspirational speaker, analyst, professor, entrepreneur and author, specializing in innovation and trends
Chief Executive Officer
@Bob_Thompson | CustomerThink founder and global evangelist for customer-centric business. Buzzwords (CRM, CEM and Social Business) optional
Senior Vice President, AppExchange Marketing
@lesliejtom – SVP, AppExchange Marketing & Programs. Trusted advisor and advocate for our partners and AppExchange for 13 amazing years at Salesforce
VP Products Einstein Analytics
@alextoussaint – VP Products Einstein Analytics @Salesforce
Managing Partner, Ignite
@BrianVellmure | I help bold leaders design a better future