CLOUD SA­FARI

A DECADE AF­TER TOM SIEBEL SOLD HIS FIRST COM­PANY TO OR­A­CLE FOR $5.9 BIL­LION, HIS NEW COM­PANY COULD BE TWICE AS VALU­ABLE.

Forbes - - CONTENTS - by ALEX kon­rad

Back in the reins af­ter a near-death ele­phant en­counter, Tom Siebel built Ama­zon’s new best friend for crunch­ing data in the In­ter­net of Things.

Winc­ing with pain, Tom Siebel steps from be­hind his desk at C3 IOT head­quar­ters in Red­wood City, Cal­i­for­nia, to sketch out the fu­ture of the In­ter­net of Things on the back of a piece of of­fice pa­per. It’s been eight years and 19 surg­eries since a near-fa­tal ele­phant at­tack in the Serengeti in 2009, but Siebel swears he’s fully re­cov­ered and must have tweaked some­thing while kite­board­ing over the week­end. On the desk sit two Lucite cases, one con­tain­ing the shards of his smashed iphone from that day and the other the bul­let that took down his as­sailant. A black-and-white pho­to­graph of a charg­ing ele­phant looms on the wall. “It’s not the same one,” he says. “You get the idea.”

Ev­ery day, Siebel gets up around 5 a.m., hits the gym and gets to work. At 64 and worth some $2.5 bil­lion from the sale of his cus­tomer-man­age-

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