Isn’t it awful when poor people interrupt your chats about how rich you are? It’s almost like you can’t just walk out of one abusive corporate board room to talk about your position in another without the poors reminding you of the first one. Poor Marissa Mayer has it hard.
Every year, cloud computing company Salesforce.com and its CEO Marc Benioff host the Dreamforce expo, where people go to learn how to make lots more money with computers. Salesforce.com has long had a business model that incorporates philanthropy; the company donates 1% of its resources to schools and charities, and gives employees 6 days of paid time off a year to volunteer at community organizations.
Business makes for strange bedfellows, though. During her keynote appearance at the 2013 Dreamforce convention, Marissa Mayer (CEO of the reanimated corpse of Yahoo!, and Walmart board member) found her chat crashed by Walmart protesters. Mere minutes after walking onstage, a group of protesters approached from the back of the auditorium and began chanting something. It’s hard to decipher, but it was something about “Walmart” and “revolution.”
Benioff, no stranger to staging similar, disruptive, guerrilla-style sabotage campaigns at competitors’ meetings, said:
“We don’t want any more protests, but if you want to protest, No. 1, you can do it outside. No. 2, it’s better to split up when you start. Then when those people get arrested, then a second group stands up. Then a third…I’m just saying.”
The audience laughed, at least until Mayer chimed in.
“That’s a design problem, right there.“
Well, she would know.
Here’s a video of the protesters shouting:
H/T: Huffington Post