Aaron Levie

  • 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

  • Forget the Apple Watch, Think Drones In The Enterprise

    Forget the Apple Watch, Think Drones In The Enterprise

    Yesterday we heard about the Apple Watch and I wrote an article suggesting the Watch will drive wearables in the enterprise. But just to show how fast the technology news cycle moves, today at TechCrunch Disrupt Aaron Levie, CEO at Box participating on a panel about drones, made a business case for the use of drones in an enterprise context, making Watches yesterday’s news… Read More

  • As Box Matures, It Resists Becoming Your Parents’ Content Management Platform

    As Box Matures, It Resists Becoming Your Parents’ Content Management Platform

    Box, a company that started almost a decade ago as a means of getting your files online, is maturing into a more full-service content management platform, but CEO Aaron Levie says you needn’t worry about it turning into a more traditional vendor. He says richer features announced yesterday at the company’s BoxWorks customer conference have been created in the context of… Read More

  • Jared Leto Is Surprise Guest At BoxWorks, Talks Digital Transformation

    Jared Leto Is Surprise Guest At BoxWorks, Talks Digital Transformation

    Musician and actor Jared Leto stopped by BoxWorks today and talked digital transformation in the entertainment industry, and in the ultimate act of sharing, he passed around his Oscar so people could take pictures with it. Leto has been in the music and movie industry for a long time and as he pointed out, back in the day, he couldn’t communicate directly with his audience. There was… Read More

  • Despite A Low Stake In Box, Aaron Levie Has A High Influence

    Despite A Low Stake In Box, Aaron Levie Has A High Influence

    Box CEO Aaron Levie made enterprise startups sexy again, though this week’s Box IPO announcement revealed that Levie only owns 5.7% percent of the company. (Levie sold off stock to raise the money he needed to punch through the enterprise space). But 28-year-old Levie, who has been credited with building a big company that genuinely makes life easier for people and companies, may take… Read More

  • Aaron Levie On Privacy and the Future of Box

    Box CEO Aaron Levie Says The Industry Needs A More Prosperous, Innovative Microsoft

    After participating in a panel discussion at TechCrunch Disrupt SF about the enterprise market, Box CEO Aaron Levie said to me in an interview that the industry needs an innovative and more prosperous Microsoft. However, while he writes passionately about Microsoft and its direction, he laughed at the idea of replacing Steve Ballmer. Levie wrote a blog post in August on TechCrunch about… Read More

  • Economies Of Scale As A Service

    Economies Of Scale As A Service

    Credit where it’s definitely due: this post was inspired by a Twitter conversation with Box CEO Aaron Levie. Don’t look now, but something remarkable is happening. Instagram had twelve employees when it was purchased for $700 million; all of its actual computing power was outsourced to Amazon Web Services. Mighty ARM has only 2300 employees, but there are more than 35 billion… Read More

  • As #BoxWorks 2012 Wraps Up, Here Are 10 Words With Box CEO Aaron Levie

    As #BoxWorks 2012 Wraps Up, Here Are 10 Words With Box CEO Aaron Levie

    Attending this year’s #BoxWorks conference has been extremely interesting for me, as I’ve gotten to talk to a group of people that I rarely interact with, enterprise folks. There’s a nice mix of developers here, too, which makes it feel much more comfortable for those of us not working for a gigantic company. Well, I suppose I work for a gigantic company, but you know what… Read More

  • Aaron Levie: Box Now Has 140K Active Businesses, 14M Users, 92% Of Fortune 500

    Aaron Levie: Box Now Has 140K Active Businesses, 14M Users, 92% Of Fortune 500

    Aaron Levie took the stage at the second annual BoxWorks developer conference in San Francisco today to talk about how Box is faring against competition from the likes of Google Drive, Microsoft Sky Drive, Dropbox and Egnyte, among others. After arriving on stage to Gangnam Style and dropping a few gems (“last week Oracle finally noticed the cloud. Larry Ellison joined Twitter, sent 1… Read More

  • 2011: The Enterprise Resets


    On a recent call, an analyst shared a story about a company whose IT infrastructure was completely wiped out in a natural disaster. Forced to start from scratch, the company reinvented the spirit and composition of its enterprise IT strategy, and the set of solutions that emerged from the rubble made their organization inherently more mobile and efficient. Which begs the question: what… Read More