Arik Hesseldahl

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Marc Benioff on's "Monster Quarter" and the Road Ahead reported an impressive quarter. Sales surged by 34 percent as the company added more than 5,000 new customers. The bigger news was that CEO Marc Benioff announced that the company is on pace to see revenue north of $2.1 billion this year. That gave shares in Salesforce an exuberant pop in after-hours trading yesterday.

Naturally Benioff appeared on CNBC’s “Mad Money” after the results were announced to talk about what’s powering the surge. Cramer’s an admitted fan of Salesforce, and Benioff is something of a regular on the show. In the clip below, Benioff explains the basics of Salesforce’s cloud strategy and even riffs a bit on the social enterprise. To Cramer’s audience, I think just became the company that best personifies cloud computing. It’s worth a watch. And Benioff makes his case well that Salesforce is disrupting the business software world left, right and center. My only question is, how much longer can it go on like this?

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work