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