Aaron Levie

  • Box CEO Aaron Levie weighs in on markets, privacy

    Box has come a long way since Aaron Levie founded it as a student at USC in 2005. The cloud storage company ultimately went public last year, in what turned out to be a difficult period for tech stocks.  Recent IPOs like Box have been facing added scrutiny, and its shares are currently trading below the IPO price.   TechCrunch sat down with Box CEO Aaron Levie to get his take on… Read More

  • New Box product will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS

    New Box product will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS

    For several years, Box CEO Aaron Levie has been trying to get people to understand his company is not in the storage business. To drive that point home Box announced Box Zones today, a product that lets customers choose a storage component from another vendor, enabling customers to store files in-country when their privacy laws require it. Box is actually announcing the product today… Read More

  • Okta expands partnership with Box to include enterprise mobility management

    Okta expands partnership with Box to include enterprise mobility management

    Okta, a company mostly known for cloud identity management, made a foray into enterprise mobility management (EMM) at the end of 2014. Today, it announced a partnership with Box to support device-level security for the Box mobile app. The company is hoping this is the start of a series of partnerships with enterprise mobile app vendors that will enable them to apply a set of policies on… Read More

  • Box, Google, Facebook, Microsoft come out in support of Apple in amicus brief

    Box, Google, Facebook, Microsoft come out in support of Apple in amicus brief

    In the latest sign of support for Apple’s ongoing security legal battle, Box, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech behemoths have filed an amicus brief, meaning that they have aligned interests and want their voice to be heard in the upcoming appeals. This is a different amicus brief than the one filed by Square, Twitter, LinkedIn and others earlier today. The latest brief has more… Read More

  • Box’s Aaron Levie Defends Apple Amid FBI Controversy

    Box’s Aaron Levie Defends Apple Amid FBI Controversy

     Box CEO Aaron Levie spoke to TechCrunch about the ongoing saga between Apple and the FBI. “Apple’s response to the government is something we completely wholeheartedly agree with,” said the CEO of the cloud storage company. “The world is going to get more complex, so you can’t create weaknesses in software that then will become vulnerabilities in the… Read More

  • Box KeySafe Aims To Simplify Encryption Key Management For SMBs

    Box KeySafe Aims To Simplify Encryption Key Management For SMBs

    Box announced a new product today called Box KeySafe that should help simplify encryption key management, putting it in reach of small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) who require encryption, but want to avoid the complexities associated with Box’s higher end Enterprise Key Management product. Many highly regulated industries have wanted to move to the cloud, but security and… Read More

  • Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment

    Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment

    Wherever you turn, businesses are facing tremendous disruptive pressure. What’s interesting is that the theory about how firms should be dealing with this massive change is itself in flux, transforming if you will, as organizations come to grips with the idea that the most basic ways they do business are being called into question. Just over a year ago when I researched this topic… Read More

  • A Year After IPO, Depressed Stock Price Not Bringing Box CEO Down

    A Year After IPO, Depressed Stock Price Not Bringing Box CEO Down

    It was just about a year ago that Box finally pulled the trigger and IPOed. It was a good day by all accounts, with an IPO price of $14 that promptly went up to $23 a share. Today that price sits below $10 a share, well below that $14 launch price and light years from that heady first day close. All that said, Box CEO Aaron Levie reports he has no regrets about going public and insists he… Read More

  • The Happy Home Company Raises $3.5M To Make Home Maintenance Easier

    The Happy Home Company Raises $3.5M To Make Home Maintenance Easier

    The Happy Home Company is aiming to eliminate the headaches of home maintenance and improvement, and it’s raised $3.5 million in seed funding. The company has been relatively quiet, at least in terms of talking to the media, since I wrote about it a year ago. CEO Doug Ludlow told me today that this was intentional — he wanted to work out the kinks in the model before making a… Read More

  • Aaron Levie, Box And A Whole Pile Of Apps

    Aaron Levie, Box And A Whole Pile Of Apps

    Box’s recent platform push is more than a new product direction for the company. The service may become a key revenue driver for the enterprise-facing productivity shop. I recently sat down with Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box, and his recently hired head of platform, Jeetu Patel, to dig into the matter. At its most basic, the quickly growing company wants to power the content layer of… Read More

  • Box Spikes 6% On News That CEO Aaron Levie Recently Purchased 15,000 Shares

    Box Spikes 6% On News That CEO Aaron Levie Recently Purchased 15,000 Shares

    Shares of Box, an enterprise collaboration shop, traded sharply higher today following news that the company’s CEO, Aaron Levie, recently purchased 15,000 shares. At a price, according to an SEC filing, of $11.1 per share, the dollar amount of the trade is not large, but its impact has been more than symbolic. Disclosure of the $166,500 purchase helped push shares of Box north by… Read More

  • Tim Cook Offers Microsoft An Olive Branch At Box Enterprise Event

    Tim Cook Offers Microsoft An Olive Branch At Box Enterprise Event

    Today at its BoxWorks event, Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie sat down with Apple CEO Tim Cook to discuss enterprise technology and collaboration. Although he leads a company that has been in heavy competition with Google and its Android OS for years now, Cook was surprisingly positive on Apple’s relationship with one of its former nemeses, Microsoft — especially when it comes… Read More

  • Box CEO Aaron Levie On Box’s Multi-pronged Growth Strategy

    Box CEO Aaron Levie On Box’s Multi-pronged Growth Strategy

    Box CEO Aaron Levie talked about his company’s multi-pronged growth strategies with TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. The strategy involves building access to vertical markets, letting customers and partners build applications on top of Box and embedding Box in applications to take advantage of Box services. The first part of Box’s strategy involves… Read More

  • Back To The Future In Enterprise SaaS Selling Crunch Network

    Back To The Future In Enterprise SaaS Selling

    Given the success of Box, it’s hard to imagine that founder Aaron Levie believes he should have done something differently in the company’s early years. However, while speaking to Storm Ventures’ Jason Lemkin at this year’s SaaStr conference, Levie revealed exactly what he would have changed. Although it is somewhat hidden in the rest of the interview, Levie points out… Read More

  • Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition

    Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition

    Box announced ‘Box Developer Edition‘ at its yearly BoxDev event today. The new approach allows developers to run their own Box “instance” inside of their application — their very own Box, in other words. This turns Box on its head in a sense because instead of running the Box application, and building apps on top of it, you are building something and embedding… Read More

  • Box CEO Aaron Levie Talks IPO Delay And Growth Strategies

    Box CEO Aaron Levie Talks IPO Delay And Growth Strategies

    Regardless, Levie didn’t have much time to savor the moment. He told TechCrunch in a wide-ranging interview last month that Box has no intention of standing still and he discussed his plans to keep the company growing, while trying to find ways to get more efficient. He also talked about the long road to IPO and what was behind Box’s thinking in delaying it for so long. One of the… Read More

  • Box Introduces New Client-Controlled Encryption Tool To Bring Stragglers To The Cloud

    Box Introduces New Client-Controlled Encryption Tool To Bring Stragglers To The Cloud

    Today, Box, a company that sells enterprise file management and collaboration tools, announced ‘Box Enterprise Key Management,’ or EKM. The new service will allow corporate customers of Box to self-store and manage the keys to a second layer of encryption on their data. That takes access of the data out of Box’s hands, giving more control and security to the… Read More

  • As Box IPO Surges, Startup Community Reacts

    As Box IPO Surges, Startup Community Reacts

    Box’s IPO was never a normal deal. When Wall Street cooled to tech IPOs last year, especially involving firms that are subscription-based with high customer acquisition costs, the Box offering became the canary in the Wall Street coal mine. The general consensus was that if Box succeeded, other firms could follow, allowing Silicon Valley and its attached investor class to breathe… Read More

  • Box Said To Price IPO At $14 Per Share, Will Raise $175M At $1.67B Valuation

    Box Said To Price IPO At $14 Per Share, Will Raise $175M At $1.67B Valuation

    Box has priced its IPO at $14 per share, according to a Reuters report citing an underwriter of the offering. The company initially priced its shares in the range of $11 to $13, a more conservative band than it had initially signaled in its first S-1 document. The price values Box at approximately $1.67 billion. Box last raised private capital at a $2.4 billion valuation, making the IPO… Read More