Dropbox is a critically important tool for more than 500 million people.
During that time, Houston has had to make some tough decisions.
A few years ago, Houston decided to move the Dropbox infrastructure off of AWS. In 2014, Houston chose to raise $500 million in debt financing to keep up pace with Box, which was considering an IPO at the time. And in March 2017, Dropbox took another $600 million in debt financing from JP Morgan.
Houston also reportedly turned down a nine-figure acquisition offer from Apple.
And, of course, we can’t forget the decision to go public early this year.
Dropbox is now one of the biggest tech companies in the world, with 1,800 employees across 12 global offices.
Interestingly, Houston first told his story to a TechCrunch audience at TC50 in 2008 as part of the Startup Battlefield.
At Disrupt SF in September, we’re excited to sit down with Houston to discuss his journey thus far, the process of going public, and the future of Dropbox.
The show runs from September 5 to Septmeber 7, and for the next week, our super early bird tickets are still available.