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Aaron Levie

Co-founder and CEO at Box, Inc.

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Synopsis: Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder of Box.com (see our page on Box and our RFB page), studied at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before leaving to found Box. Looks like he left without getting a bachelors in 2006. Check out the video at INC.com. Named 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc.

Levie wanted to be a movie director in the mold of Quentin Tarantino, but the University of Southern California’s film school rejected his application. He settled for USC’s Marshall School of Business. During his sophomore year in 2004, a marketing class project led him to research online data storage. Early providers of that technology had been devastated when the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Yet technology had evolved to the point where storing files on a hard drive in the cloud could be practical for mainstream computer users. “There was a disconnect between companies that existed and the size of the opportunity,” he says. (Ted Greenwald MIT Technology Review November 29, 2013)
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