Every day we’re featuring one of your favourite talks from this year’s event as part of our Summit Speaker Series. With over 300 speakers to choose from there’ll be wide range of topics covered, with in-depth insight from our array of incredible experts.
Today we bring you Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox, in conversation with Ben Rooney of the Wall Street Journal. You can watch over all the talks from the Summit here, and apply for a 2-for-1 voucher for 2014 here.
Drew Houston is CEO and Co-Founder of Dropbox, and has led Dropbox’s growth from a simple idea to a service used by millions around the world. Before founding Dropbox, Drew received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 2006. He took a quick leave from school to form Accolade, an online SAT prep startup, and also worked as a software engineer at various startups. After graduating, Drew was endlessly frustrated by carrying USB drives and emailing himself files. In early 2007, he teamed up with fellow MIT student Arash Ferdowsi and the two began working on the project that would eventually become Dropbox. In 2012, Drew was named to MIT Technology Review’s TR35 list honoring the world’s top innovators under 35. He was also included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40.”
Ben is the Technology Editor at the Wall Street Journal. He writes across both print and digital editions of the newspaper, and spearheads news, commentary and analysis on technology business activity in Europe, as well as start-ups, digital entrepreneurship, and gadget and service launches relevant to the regional market. For the past decade, Ben has freelanced for a number of national newspapers, including on a regular basis for The Guardian, writing their “˜Today on the Web” daily column. Prior to this, Ben was Editor of The Daily Telegraph’s weekly online section, Connected. He began his career at The Daily Telegraph in 1991, and has covered both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the newspaper. Ben was formerly a web developer and has also published four books.