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Dropbox Shows Off its New Austin Offices

IMG_6501Dropbox hosted a rooftop launch party to show off its new Austin offices at 501 Congress Ave. Wednesday night.

The cloud storage company earlier this summer moved into more than 50,000 square feet in the building. It occupies two floors already with plans to expand to a third floor. The space has room for 300 employees. Dropbox declined to reveal how many people currently work there, but the company said it was actively hiring.

The employees in Austin primarily work in sales and user operations for Dropbox with some recruiters, said Shirly Mani, manager of user operations.

IMG_6490Dropbox’s new offices feature an open concept with a lot of natural light and windows, standing and sitting desk options, comfortable reading nooks, plenty of conference rooms, a music room, a gym in the basement and a cafeteria offering employees breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dropbox even has a full time barista who works from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and makes all kinds of coffee drinks as well as smoothies. And they have a machine that provides fresh-squeezed orange juice.

The offices also feature a game room with Ping-Pong table, shuffleboard and walls decorated with bike seats with handlebar horns to look like Longhorns, which Dropbox calls the bike racks. Some rooms also have faux white deer antler chandeliers and Austin art decorates the walls. The conference rooms bear the names of different Austin landmarks and festivals.

IMG_6485The rooftop lounge area served as the stage for the band, Walker Lukens. The company served food catered by East Side King along with specialty craft cocktails.

Dropbox also partnered with Austin Partners in Education, HOPE and Urban Roots to bring awareness to their nonprofit organizations. The company provided guests an opportunity to donate to its community partners and pledged to match each donation.

IMG_6489Dropbox, based in San Francisco, has more than 1,200 employees worldwide. The company, founded in 2007, has raised $1.1 billion in funding to date.

Dropbox Cultivates an Austin Culture and Continues to Hire and Expand

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Sherry Birk with Dropbox in Austin

Sherry Birk with Dropbox in Austin

In December of 2011, Facebook bought Austin-based Gowalla and relocated a bunch of its workers to Menlo Park.

Sherry Birk, director of recruiting at Gowalla, moved with them. She later left Facebook to join another startup: Dropbox, based in San Francisco. But Birk longed to get back to Texas.

Her wish came true last year when Dropbox announced plans to put an office in Austin.

Birk joined about ten Dropbox employees who left California to relocate to Texas and set up the Dropbox Austin office. Dropbox also has offices in New York, Dublin, Ireland and Sydney, Australia.

Today, Birk serves as the director of recruiting for Dropbox in Austin. The company now has 50 employees with plans to hire another 150 by the end of next year.

“I love the Bay Area but I love Austin more. I just couldn’t wait to get back here in general,” Birk said. “I’m just excited to build something here.”

Dropbox Austin Office, photos courtesy of Dropbox

Dropbox Austin Office, photos courtesy of Dropbox

And Dropbox is doing just that. It’s going to move into a five-story building at Fifth and Congress, which is under construction. The company plans to occupy three of the floors or approximately 58,000 square feet. Move-in date is set for next January.

“It’s an anchor for downtown,” Birk said.

Meanwhile, Dropbox occupies two floors in the skyscraper next door.

“I think being downtown is just another thing that attracts people. People don’t want to spend a lot of time in their cars,” she said. “We’re recruiting top talent and they have a lot of choices. We want to make it an easy choice for them.”

Increasingly, in Austin, tech companies put their offices downtown so their employees can live, eat and play within walking and biking distance of their workplace.

Dropbox has hired experienced people as well as new college graduates from the University of Texas with liberal arts degrees, Birk said. The company is looking to fill sales and operations jobs. The office handles Dropbox for business customers and serves as the gateway to Latin America. About 70 percent of Dropbox’s customers are outside the U.S.

Dropbox is an online storage site that allows people to share photos, documents and videos from anywhere easily. The company offers a free consumer version of its service. It also charges for its business features and professional features.

2014-08-04 13.00.21Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students, founded Dropbox in 2007 to share large files online.

Today, Dropbox has more than 300 million customers including four million businesses ranging from photographers to construction companies. Some of its customers include Vita CoCo, Kayak, Foursquare, National Geographic, Spotify, Eventbrite, Paul Mitchell and Under Armour.

Last December, Dell announced a partnership with Dropbox. Dell offers Dropbox for Business to its customers via its global sales team.

Dropbox focuses on maintaining its corporate culture in Austin, Birk said. One of the company’s core values is being humble, and hiring humble people, she said. The company also has big ideas for outfitting its new headquarters with Austin artwork and other amenities. Its workers host Ping-Pong and tabletop shuffleboard tournaments. They have regular Yoga and bootcamp sessions at work and a running club. Cater2.me brings in meals from local eateries to their fully stocked kitchen. They also have flexible workstations that allow them to either stand or sit at their desks. And a group of employees spent a hackathon weekend crafting a custom wooden bar. It is now in a corner of the office where they host cocktail Fridays. They also have lots of musicians on staff and plan to enter the Austin Technology Council’s battle of the bands contest during Austin startup week.
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Earlier this summer, Dropbox ended its incentive package agreement with the City of Austin worth $244,500 during the next 10 years. It also received a $1.5 million Texas Enterprise Fund grant to expand in Austin. Despite ending its incentive agreement with Austin, Dropbox is continuing to expand and hire locally.

“We’re really excited to be in Austin,” Birk said. “We definitely have plans to get to that 200 number. We’re here to stay.”

Dropbox’s Austin Office Serves as Gateway to Latin America

iStock_000025228016MediumWhen San Francisco-based Dropbox announced plans to open an office in Austin, the company had more volunteers than positions here.

“We still have interest,” said Ross Piper, vice president of enterprise strategy at Dropbox.

The startup kicked off its local office with a small founding team from San Francisco to maintain its corporate culture, Piper said. It now has 700 employees worldwide and it has doubled in size for the past couple of years, he said.

Dropbox opened its office at 501 Congress in February. It has 40 employees now with plans to expand to 200 employees by the end of next year, Piper said.

“This is going to be a very big part of our organization,” he said.

images-3Piper gave the afternoon closing keynote talk at the Austin Technology Council’s fourth annual CEO Summit on Thursday at Brazos Hall in downtown Austin. More than 140 registered to attend the daylong event, which featured panel discussions and talks on variety of technology topics from transportation concerns to increasing Austin’s share of the nation’s venture capital.

The Austin office serves as Dropbox’s gateway to Latin America, said Piper. Seventy percent of its customers are outside the U.S., he said. The company also has an office in Dublin, Ireland.

Dropbox, founded in 2007, provides an online storage box that allows people and businesses to exchange files including documents, photos and videos from anywhere. More than one billion files are uploaded daily on its platform. The company has more than 275 million customers including 4 million businesses including National Geographic, Dell, Whole Foods. It’s also a partner with Dell and provides Dropbox for business using Dell’s cloud software and services.

“This is really changing the way people work,” Piper said.

Last February, the City of Austin approved an incentive package worth $244,500 for Dropbox and the company received a $1.5 million Texas Enterprise Fund grant.

Dropbox to Expand in Austin and Hire 170 Employees

imgres-1Dropbox plans to expand its office by 170 employees adding to its existing Austin workforce of 30.

Dropbox, based in San Francisco, provides an online storage box that allows people and businesses to exchange files including documents, photos and videos from anywhere.

More than 200 million people and 4 million businesses including BCBG, Kayak, National Geographic and Rockstar Energy use Dropbox and 1 billion files are uploaded to Dropbox every 24 hours. Last December, Dropbox struck a deal with Dell to create Dropbox for Business using Dell’s Cloud software and services.

“We are honored that Dropbox has decided to further its growth and investment in Austin,” Pete Winstead, Shareholder at Winstead PC and Chairman of Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Opportunity Austin, said in a news release. “Investments like Dropbox’s continue to facilitate the creation of good jobs and future prosperity for the Austin region.”

Austin’s central location, vibrant tech community and culture drew Dropbox to expand here, Sujay Jaswa, vice president of business at Dropbox, said in a news release.

“The city has been a welcoming home for us, with a great bunch of Austinites joining the Dropbox team,” he said. “We’re excited to expand our presence in the area as we continue to bring exceptional products and user experience to our customers.”

The Austin Chamber of Commerce through its initiative Opportunity Austin helped Dropbox expand here. The City of Austin also approved an incentive package worth $244,500 during the next 10 years. Earlier, the state announced Dropbox would receive a $1.5 million Texas Enterprise Fund grant.

“Not only does Dropbox bring with it international name recognition, this incentive provides quality job creation in the ever growing technology industry,” Mayor Lee Leffingwell said in a news release. “The competition to attract quality companies is stiff and I’m pleased that Austin is now one of the new homes to Dropbox, along with San Francisco and Dublin, Ireland.”

Dell Partners to offer Dropbox for Business on Dell’s Cloud

BbSuJCnCEAAaq9aWonder why Dropbox expanded to Austin and opened an office here earlier this year?
One big reason could be Dell.
Dell and Dropbox announced a partnership Thursday at Dell World to create Dropbox for Business using the Cloud. Dell, which went public earlier this year, is hosting Dell World at the Austin Convention Center through Friday. The company is moving to become more entrepreneurial.
The customers that are succeeding are taking advantage of technology, said Michael Dell, CEO of Dell.
“The combination of Dell and Dropbox provides a great solution for customers,” Dell said.
Dell’s strategic partnership with Dropbox will help its commercial customers access data anywhere at anytime. That will help customers become more productive and promote greater file sharing and collaboration among remote workers.
“Dropbox is one of the most innovative and fastest growing start-ups and the most popular solution of its kind,” said Brett Hansen, executive director, end user computing software at Dell. “Now through Dell’s global sales team, Dropbox and Dell can help organizations of all sizes embrace consumerization of IT while protecting company data.”
Dell now offers Dropbox for Business plus Dell Data Protection Cloud, part of the Dell Data Protection solutions portfolio, to let employees use their favorite cloud storage application at work.
“Dropbox has always been about giving people a simple, elegant way to access their most important digital stuff, and today Dropbox is used in over 4 million businesses because it’s easy to use, easy to deploy and offers a secure, centralized location for company data,” said Marc Leibowitz, global vice president of partnerships, Dropbox. “
More than 200 million people and 4 million businesses including BCBG, Kayak, National Geographic and Rockstar Energy use Dropbox and 1 billion files are uploaded to Dropbox every 24 hours.

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