Mailbox launched to much fanfare earlier this year. Heralded as “the best email management app you’ll ever use“, iOS users virtually lined up to try the app. It was a hit. So much so that Dropbox quickly scooped up the team led by CEO and co-founder Gentry Underwood. And now, at the end of April, Underwood will be onstage with us at Disrupt New York.
As we talked at SXSW, Gentry led his team through the pivot from Orchestra to Mailbox, and finally to Dropbox via the $100M acquisition. Pivoting takes guts, but Gentry proved it can be done successfully while taking on Apple and Google. We’re excited to have him.
Gentry joins our growing list of Disrupt NY speakers that currently includes eBay CEO John Donahoe, Palantir cofounder Joe Lonsdale, investor Chamath Palihapitiya, and more coming to be announced in the weeks leading up to Disrupt NY. Tickets are currently available with the early bird discount ending Thursday, April 11.
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Gentry is a designer and entrepreneur who has a passion for creating simple products that help people work together. He co-founded Mailbox, now a part of Dropbox, where he continues to build the mobile inbox that puts email in its place. Before Mailbox, Gentry led IDEO’s Knowledge Sharing domain and the creation of IDEO’s TUBE, an award-winning social intranet.
Gentry has a BS in human-computer interaction from Stanford University, a MA in psychology from Santa Clara University, and an MS in anthropology and community development from Vanderbilt University.