Drew Houston, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder

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. While at MIT, he took a leave of absence to start Accolade, an online SAT prep company, 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, and was also included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40.” He and his co-founder Arash received TechCrunch’s Founders of the Year Crunchie Award in 2014, and were co-winners in The Economist’s Innovation Awards’ Computing and Telecommunications category in 2015.