Today's Entrepreneur: Aaron Levie

Kristin Karaoglu · February 13, 2012 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Not thinking big enough

Today's Entrepreneur is Aaron Levie, CEO of  Box. According to his VEQ (Vator's informal entrepreneur IQ test), Levie is good at fundraising, product and marketing management. Levie, who has a knack for filling up 30 minutes of time with an hours worth of content, was one of the keynotes at Vator Splash SF last month.  

For a great write-up of the keynote interview, check out  Krystal Peak's Box CEO: Tackling unsexy problems is good business

Watch interviews by Bambi Francisco to learn more about Box and Levie as an entrepreneur: 

Aaron Levie on Box's competitive edge

Box revenue tripling year-over-year

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My favorite startups:
Asana, Healthtap, Airy Labs, Greplin, Square, AirBnB, Blippy, Kno, GoodData, MobileIron, Good Technology, Domo, SnapLogic, Workday, etc.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
The most rewarding thing is seeing how your customers use your products to change their lives, businesses, and organizations.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Not thinking big enough.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

  1. Always build for the future, not the present.
  2. Take advantage of new technology shifts constantly.
  3. Don't stall.


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Box provides secure and scalable content sharing.
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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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Box provides secure, scalable content sharing that both users and IT love and adopt, including 82% of the FORTUNE 500. Box's dynamic, flexible content management solution empowers users to share and access content from anywhere, while providing IT enterprise-grade security and oversight into how content moves within their organizations. Content on Box can also be accessed through mobile applications, and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Box is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, NEA, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners, and strategic investors and SAP.


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CO-Founder and CEO of Box.