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The V3 Hot Seat: Salesforce chief scientist JP Rangaswami

04 Sep 2012

JP RangaswamiJP Rangaswami is the first person to hold the chief scientist title at Salesforce, guiding the company's development strategy and global marketing efforts. He reports directly to Salesforce chief executive and chairman, Marc Benioff. 

Before joining the cloud computing pioneer, Rangaswami spent four years at BT in London, most recently as Chief Scientist. Prior to this, he was global chief information officer at investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.

Rangaswami is chairman of School of Everything, an educational start-up that teaches a broad range of socially focused topics via the web. He also sits on the board of Ribbit as a non-executive director. 

Rangaswami takes to the V3 Hot Seat, following the likes of CompTIA president Todd Thibodeaux and Raspberry Pi Foundation director Eben Upton

V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?

JP Rangaswami: Restoring and binding books, while talking to people about the joys of reading.

Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?

IPhone 4 (not 4S) and iPad2. I don't tend to upgrade just because there's a new model available.

Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?

Marc Benioff. He's why I joined Salesforce. Leaders with a big vision and the ability to do something with that vision are rare.

Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?

The Web, and the internet that made the Web possible.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Meeting truly talented people every day. I've been blessed.

What was your first job?

While still at school, I was a proofreader at the weekly financial journal owned by my family in Calcutta. After university, my first job was as a technical writer at Burroughs Corporation working on international banking systems. 

What’s your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?

Nothing ever stands still, you keep learning. You have to. 

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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