It’s About Building a Team…

In The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, there was a story about Dropbox, the online file sharing company.

What I really liked was the quote from the company’s co-founder and chief executive, Drew Houston:

“Companies die from not being eaten by their competitors, but from self-inflicted wounds,” Mr. Houston said. “They don’t have discipline. Their best people get frustrated. They chase all these shiny objects that aren’t core to the business. They become complacent because of early success.”

The lead in talked about how Houston doesn’t spend much time thinking about the competition or living up to a big valuation. Instead, he said he focuses on building a team that can fulfill its big ambitions.

I really like that!


Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. Frustrated by working from multi- ple computers, Drew was inspired to create a service that would let people bring all their files anywhere, with no need to email around attachments. Drew coded a demo of Dropbox and showed it to fellow MIT student Arash Ferdowsi, who dropped out with only one semester left to help make Dropbox a reality. Guiding their decisions was a relentless focus on crafting a simple and reliable experience across every computer and phone.
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