Aaron Levie

  • Box shows strong sales growth in third quarter earnings

    Box shows strong sales growth in third quarter earnings

    Cloud storage company Box reported third-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations with a record $102.8 million in revenue, a 31 percent increase year-over-year and above predictions of $100.64 million. Adjusted earnings per share showed a loss of 14 cents, better than the negative 19 cents that analysts were forecasting and a 17-cent improvement from… Read More

  • Levie on what Trump could mean for tech

    Like many leaders in Silicon Valley, Box CEO Aaron Levie was a vocal supporter of Secretary Clinton. But after the shocking U.S. election outcome, the industry has been reflecting about what the next president could mean for the community.   We sat down with Levie for an interview at Box headquarters in Redwood City. While it’s difficult to know what the capricious Trump will actually… Read More

  • After more than a decade, the fire still burns for Box CEO Aaron Levie

    After more than a decade, the fire still burns for Box CEO Aaron Levie

    Box CEO Aaron Levie has been at it for more than a decade. For a guy barely past 30, that means it’s all he’s done professionally for his entire adult life. You could forgive him if he were thinking about another challenge, but even after all this time, the fire still clearly burns for Levie. When I asked him about possibly getting bored in an in-person interview this week at… Read More

  • It’s a long, hard road from idea to IPO

    It’s a long, hard road from idea to IPO

    It may not seem it, but coming up with an idea for your startup is probably the easiest part of launching your own company. As one industry insider told me, there are a million ways to screw up that idea through poor execution, and many, many lose their way. Yet a precious few fight through the problems and the challenges, and somehow, with a bit of luck and a lot of moxie, make it to… Read More

  • Box introduces “New Box” at BoxWorks

    Box introduces “New Box” at BoxWorks

    Box has always been known as the irritant in the content management industry, that plucky cloud upstart ready to take on the staid and conservative on-prem competition, but after more than a decade in the business, a public company for 18 months, perhaps the company felt it was time to disrupt itself. Today, at the BoxWorks customer conference, it announced a “new Box” with an… Read More

  • Box teams up with Google for Docs and Springboard integration

    Box teams up with Google for Docs and Springboard integration

    Sure there’s some kind of fruit-related event going on right now, but this week is also BoxWorks, the annual conference for the enterprise content cloud platform provider. At that event, Box CEO Aaron Levie and Google’s SVP of Google’s cloud offerings Diane Greene are announcing a partnership that turns Box into a third-party storage option for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides… Read More

  • Box beats earnings expectations

    Box beats earnings expectations

    Box reported its second quarter fiscal 2017 earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The company beat estimates, posting an adjusted loss of 14 cents, compared to the 19 cents expected by analysts. They also surpassed revenue predictions, reporting $95.7 million instead of $94.65 million, which is up 30% from the same quarter last year.  Shares ticked up about 5% in initial after-hours trading… Read More

  • Box Shuttle helps ferry legacy file stores to cloud

    Box Shuttle helps ferry legacy file stores to cloud

    Box announced Box Shuttle today, a new service that combines software and consulting to help customers move large — as in millions or even hundreds of millions — of legacy files to the Box service. Previously, companies with files stored in network file shares or legacy content management systems like Microsoft SharePoint, EMC Documentum or OpenText were on their own when it came… Read More

  • 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