5 extra items you should really know about Bret Taylor

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Bret you did not know this

I’m coming up for air immediately after writing what I believe that is the initial in-depth profile of Bret Taylor, Salesforce’s chief operating officer and Marc Benioff’s heir obvious. Stories like these are all-consuming. But there’s so a lot that does not make it into the remaining item.

So here are a number of additional items I thought you may want to know about Taylor, aside from the simple fact that he was the architect of Salesforce’s $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack.


He’s a member of Nerd Nation. Pals constantly talked about his affinity for Stanford soccer. I talked about that Taylor’s father also went to Stanford, but in simple fact his total family members attended the school. His mother and more mature sister also preceded him at the Farm.

He likes to cook dinner — like an engineer. Taylor likes to cook dinner for close friends and family members. His most loved issue, he instructed me, is generating handmade pasta with his children he cooks the marinara although they coat the full kitchen area with flour. A longtime pal and colleague, Casey Muller, gave him a membership to Cook’s Illustrated. His mother manufactured fun of him for preferring the magazine’s in depth, comprehensively examined recipes, Muller claimed, and she told him: “That’s an engineer’s way to cook!”

He and his spouse are large supporters of education and learning. Bret and Karen Taylor are mentioned in the top tier of supporters of Lafayette Partners in Training, a nonprofit that supports the city’s public colleges. Karen Taylor created a scholarship for girls in laptop or computer science at her alma mater, the University of Waterloo. And Bret a short while ago expressed admiration for MacKenzie Scott’s reward to a selection of small schools serving the underrepresented — so do not be shocked if there’s much more information on this philanthropic front.

His Nirvana fandom places him in Era X. Born in 1980, Taylor’s on the cusp of Technology X and the Millennial era. But the initial concert he went to with no his dad was Nirvana, which tells you everything you need to have to know.

He’s a weekend coder, typically. A web page known as Open up Engineer, which sites Taylor “in the bottom 50% of software program developers” (ouch!) primarily based on an evaluation of his open up-source contributions, observed that Sunday is by much his most prolific day for examining in code — which will make sense, taking into consideration that his new working day positions have been in administration. But he’s apt to tweak code and correct bugs whenever he can uncover time: He up-to-date his Air High quality Reader application past Wednesday, according to a GitHub log.

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What I’m reading

Ryan Tracy and John McKinnon on Google and Fb’s anti-antitrust pact . (Wall Avenue Journal)

Roland Li on self-driving startup Waymo’s pandemic-defying lease in Mountain Watch. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Shoshana Wodinsky on the plague of racy adverts that blanketed a common journal story. (Gizmodo)

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