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The V3 Hot Seat: Box chief executive Aaron Levie

23 Oct 2012

Aaron Levie co-founder and chief executive of BoxBox chief executive Aaron Levie is one of the many Silicon Valley wunderkinds reshaping the IT landscape. Unlike many of his peers he's solely focused on the enterprise market, rather than social media, mobile or gaming apps.

Box, which offers enterprise-grade collaboration and storage tools, now boasts more than 11 million individuals and 120,000 business customers and has been growing rapidly with Levie at the helm.

This growth has included numerous partnerships with enterprise IT vendors such as Oracle, Netsuite, and Qualcomm, the beginnings of a developer network and the opening of offices in the UK to be closer to its growing customer base in Europe.

Levie is the latest high-profile executive to take part in V3's Hot Seat after the likes of Canonical chief executive Jane Silber, Fujitsu UK chief executive Duncan Tait and Bletchley Park chief executive Iain Standen.

V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?

Aaron Levie: It's cheesy I know but I'm doing my dream job at Box. The amount of transformation in this space, I can't think of a more exciting industry to be in right now... Okay, an astronaut if pushed.

Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?

Fairly standard Silicon Valley stuff - an iPhone 4 and an iPad.

Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?

That's hard to answer as I admire quite a few people, from Steve Jobs, to Mark Benioff to the late Thomas Watson Junior, who had a huge impact in the building of IBM.

I try to take inspiration from everywhere and it's important to learn from as many sources as you can.

Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?

Cloud. We have 500 employees at Box but we have incredibly lean on-premise technology because we use the strength of other cloud vendors for our requirements.

IT is in a transition period where it's about the abundance of technology - businesses that succeed will be ones that use information in more compelling and competitive ways.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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