What Drew Houston Learned From Building Dropbox

Drew Houston, the founder and CEO of popular file hosting service Dropbox, recently delivered a commencement address at his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Speaking to the more than 2,600 graduates and 10,000 guests, he shared the lessons he learned from building Dropbox. The process, Houston revealed, has not only been the “most exciting, interesting, and fulfilling experience of my life,” but has also been the “most humiliating, frustrating, and painful experience too.”

But as Houston realized, life isn’t about being perfect or being ready. “There are 30,000 days in your life,” he said. “When I was 24, I realized I’m almost 9,000 days down. There are no warm-ups, no practice rounds, no reset buttons. Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s getting too comfortable.”

Houston also stressed the importance of surrounding yourself with people who inspire you to be better. “Meeting my heroes and learning from them gave me a huge advantage,” he said.


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