Salesforce's Marc Benioff is betting $28 billion on Bret Taylor. So who is he? A year into his job as No. 2 to Salesforce’s ebullient founder, Bret Taylor has tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars on the line. The Slack deal is his latest bold move. Tech stars quit Silicon Valley as pandemic ushers in shift to remote workWildfires, political polarization also blamed for exodus; underlining broader trend, analyst says other countries such as China, Israel could outshine US as innovation hubs Texit: Why high-tech giants are fleeing Silicon Valley for TexasApple, Facebook and Google staying put as other tech leaders give up on California Oracle to move HQ out of Silicon Valley, to Texas, citing worker flexibility"This means that many of our employees can choose their office location as well as continue to work from home part time or all the time," the company says. Oracle founder Larry Ellison opts for Hawaii over Texas when software giant moves HQ from Silicon ValleyOracle cofounder Larry Ellison plans to work via Zoom from Hawaii when the software giant moves its headquarters to Texas. Silicon Valley powerhouses aren't scared of the "exodus" to TexasPandemic-driven remote work and tax pressures have driven some departures, but industry leaders aren't about to quit California. Oracle moves its HQ from California to TexasOracle has been in California since 1977 Elon Musk is leaving Silicon Valley for Texas. These millionaires and companies are joining himSilicon Valley has been the epicenter of the tech industry for decades, starting in 1938 when Bill Hewlett and David Packard started tinkering in a Palo Alto garage.