Dropbox has scored another big win on the staffing front.
Rasmus Andersson, the Swedish designer and technologist who for the past two years has worked at Facebook leading the design of mobile products and working on product infrastructure, is leaving the social networking giant to join Dropbox. He’ll be working on both the design and engineering teams at the cloud storage and sharing company. We’re hearing that his last day at Facebook was this week, and Dropbox is set to announce his hiring later today.
Prior to working at Facebook, Andersson spent four years as the chief designer at Spotify. There he essentially steered all aspects of Spotify’s creative direction at a formative time for the music streaming service, developing its logo and branding and designing the interface of its flagship Mac app.
This is just latest in a series of recent coups Dropbox has made on the tech staffing side. Last week, the company beat out several established bidders to acquire Orchestra, the 13-person startup behind the much buzzed-about email organization app Mailbox. In December, the famed creator of the Python programming language Guido Van Rossum joined Dropbox as a software engineer after a seven year career at Google; also that month Dropbox snapped up Soleio Cuervo, the designer responsible for Facebook’s “Like” button, and acqui-hired photo-sharing startup Snapjoy and cloud music startup Audiogalaxy, bringing on solid new engineering talent. Meanwhile on the sales and marketing sides, Dropbox in December added a slate of big-name execs from Apple, Salesforce, and Google.
With a total employee count of 250 and more than $250 million in venture capital, the six-year-old Dropbox is firmly out of the “startup” realm. But the company seems to have found a sweet spot that attracts people looking to bring their fledgling startup skills to the next level, as well as folks from bigger more established tech corporations craving more adventure and possibility. It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of that mix of talent in the coming months.
Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. Frustrated by working from multiple 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 created 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...