Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky in his office Tuesday afternoon, a day after Salesforce announced an agreement to acquire the Seattle company for $15.7 billion. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)
There are no Salesforce signs in the lobby. The top floor hasn’t been converted into an Ohana room. And believe it or not, some of the products made in these brightly lit offices run not in the cloud but on regular old servers.
But if the Seattle region is poised to become Salesforce “HQ2,” as its co-CEO Marc Benioff proclaimed this week, then the place to be right now is the Tableau Software headquarters on the edge of the city’s Fremont neighborhood.
Tableau Software CEO Adam Selipsky sat down with GeekWire in his office overlooking the north shore of Lake Union on Tuesday afternoon, a day after Salesforce announced an agreement to acquire the Seattle-based data visualization company for $15.7 billion. It’s the biggest milestone yet in Tableau’s 16-year journey from bedroom startup to 4,200-person publicly traded company. And if the deal closes as planned next quarter, it will be the largest in Salesforce history.
Many of the integration details have yet to be worked out, and Selipsky declined to dish on the negotiations — even when we surprised him by figuring out the previously secret code name used by the companies during their talks.
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But the former Amazon Web Services executive, who joined Tableau as CEO nearly three years ago, said he expects the combination of the companies to fuel the ongoing expansion of Tableau’s business and workforce.
“The intent is for the existing Salesforce business and the existing Tableau business, and therefore the joint overall business, to continue to grow rapidly,” Selipsky said. “And none of those …read more