Drew Houston Posts

President Obama met with tech executives over spying on Friday

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President Obama met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Palantir Technologies’ CEO Alexander Karp, Box’s CEO Aaron Levie to discuss ways to reform the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and newly appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella were also invited, but could not change their schedules in time to attend.
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Dropbox names Dennis Woodside as COO

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Dropbox has hired Dennis Woodside as their chief operating officer. Woodside has been an executive at Google and was CEO of Motorola Mobility since it was acquired by Google. Woodside was the successor of Sanjay Jha and started working at Google in 2003 for the EMEA division.
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Dropbox Announces Rebuild Of Business Services, 200M Users, And 1B Files Saved Per Day

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Dropbox, the popular cloud storage company, has announced a rebuild of Dropbox For Business.  This gives business users the ability to switch between personal and work accounts.

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Gates, Zuckerberg, Dorsey, Hoffman, Houston, Others Have Goal Of Teaching 10M Students How To Code

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Nonprofit Code.org has launched a new campaign called Hour of Code.  Some big names in the tech industry are helping promote the campaign including Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Dropbox founder Drew Houston, Twitter co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

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FWD.us: A Political Action Group Started By Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, has started a new political group called FWD.us. The purpose of FWD.us is to focus on immigration reform and Zuckerberg wrote an editorial about it on The Washington Post.  In Zuckerberg’s article, he called the U.S. immigration policy strange and said is unfit for today’s world.  Zuckerberg was joined by many notable technology company executives for this initiative.
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Dropbox Acquires Mailbox

Dropbox has bought Mailbox, a popular e-mail application for iOS.  Mailbox will remain a separate application, but the application’s developers and team will be joining Dropbox.  CEO Drew Houston said Dropbox “could help Mailbox reach a much different audience much faster.”  Mailbox’s technology will be used to improve Dropbox’s features like the ability to handle e-mail attachments.

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Dropbox Is Now Hitting 1 Billion Uploaded Files Per Day

Dropbox has reported that around one billion files are being uploaded to their storage service per day.  Dropbox CEO Drew Houston revealed the numbers during a speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

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Cloud-Based Payroll Company ZenPayroll Raises $6.1 Million In Seed Funding

ZenPayroll is a cloud-based payroll service for businesses that want to pay employees through a mobile device.  ZenPayroll has raised $6.1 million in seed funding from investors like Aaron Levin (Box founder), David Sacks (Yammer founder), Drew Houston (Dropbox founder), Jawed Karim (YouTube co-founder), Jeremy Stoppelman (Yelp founder), Kris Duggan (Badgeville co-founder), and Larry Augustin (SugarCRM CEO).  Other investors that participated in this round include Google Ventures, Salesforce.com, Y Combinator, Sherpalo Ventures, and several others.

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