MIT '05

Drew Houston

Founder/CEO, Dropbox

As a graduate of MIT, Drew had a knack for how the world works. He constructed idea and started writing the first lines of code while at a train station in Boston in 2007. He and friend, Arash Ferdowsi, decided they were sick of emailing files to themselves in order to work from another computer. He claimed existing services at the time “suffered problems with Internet latency, large files, bugs, or just made me think too much.” He realized he was not the only one who suffered these problems, leading to the Dropbox solution.

Dropbox is a free service allowing anyone to upload photos, documents, and videos wherever they please. There are also share options, making it easier to work in groups or collaborate with partners. People can now always have their work at hand, share with family and friends, and work as a team. This is an idea for the future in productivity and accessibility. Nationwide, more than 25 million people use Dropbox, and the number continues to grow.

Born in Acton, MA in 1983, Drew attended Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and later went on to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta chapter. Before working on Dropbox, he worked on other startups including Bit9, Accolade and Hubspot. Drew is constantly thinking of new ideas, and is usually found out and about running Dropbox’s business affairs. He still contributes to the client software and has compiled a team of hard workers to continue in building the concept.

When Drew has time to himself, which is not very often, he shifts his brain’s creativity to playing the guitar.