- Industry Recognition
2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Tom Siebel
Thomas Siebel. C3.
C3 is a computer software company. We're the world's leading provider of a platform as a service to allow organizations to build elastic cloud computing applications that incorporate big data, predictive analytics, AI, and IoT.
I'm very frequently asked, 'why on earth am I doing this?' This is what I do; this is what I enjoy. I was involved in the formation of Oracle. We built a very successful company in the form of Siebel Systems. I think this [C3] is fundamentally more important. This is a large global initiative. I think we're leading the market. I think we're setting the standards. And I think the social and economic benefits, the results from what we're doing, will be substantial.
Building companies, building world-leading, information technology companies is my idea of a good time. So this is what we're trying to do.
I have over the years been pretty successful at surrounding myself with groups of people who are substantially better than I am at whatever their job is. Now, in my case, that might be particularly easy. What makes it fun for me is the ability to engage with very bright people who are in fact domain experts in their space, with education second to none, professional backgrounds second to none, and to be able to wrestle with them and grapple with them over very daunting technical, marketing, and market challenges.