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As Box preps for IPO, CEO Aaron Levie brings his road show home — with some tough love for Seattle

As Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie took the stage Thursday afternoon at the Box World Tour road show in his hometown of Seattle, he didn’t start talking his company’s pending IPO or its ambitions to conquer the cloud. Instead, the 28-year-old went off about ride-sharing. “Did anyone take Uber here?” asked Levie, a Mercer Island,… Read More

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Online storage company Box files for $250M IPO

Box, the Los Altos, California-based online storage company that was started by Mercer Island High School grads Dylan Smith and Aaron Levie, today filed for a $250 million IPO. The filing shows a $169 million loss off $124.2 million in revenue for the year ended on Jan. 31, 2014. Revenue grew 110 percent from the… Read More

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In a shift, Microsoft to offer OneDrive as standalone service for businesses

Microsoft plans to give businesses the ability to buy standalone subscriptions to its OneDrive service, attempting to compete more effectively with Box and other rivals in cloud storage and collaboration. OneDrive for Business — formerly known as SkyDrive Pro — has previously been available to businesses only as part of costlier Office 365 and SharePoint… Read More

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Online storage company Box reportedly files for IPO

Box, the Los Altos, California-based online storage company that was started by Mercer Island High School grads Dylan Smith and Aaron Levie, has reportedly filed to raise cash through an initial public offering, according to The Wall Street Journal and Quartz. The documents were filed secretly with the SEC. Box, which competes against Dropbox, raised $100… Read More

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Box CEO Aaron Levie on how Microsoft needs to change (No, he’s not up for the job)

Just for the record, Box CEO Aaron Levie isn’t publicly throwing his hat into the ring as a candidate for Microsoft CEO. GeekWire asked him the question this afternoon, not entirely seriously, and the 28-year-old tech leader gave us an appropriately lighthearted brush-off, saying he hadn’t been approached by the Microsoft board yet. “I think… Read More

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Box CEO Aaron Levie: The full Startup Day interview

We had a great time talking with Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box, during the closing keynote at Startup Day this past weekend. The 27-year-old entrepreneur from Mercer Island talked about a range of topics — including his daily schedule, raising money and competing with Microsoft — but the conversation focused heavily on the opportunities for startups… Read More

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Fast-growing storage upstart Box unpacks $125 million in funding

Box, the file sharing and data storage startup founded seven years ago by Mercer Island High School grads Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith, has reeled in a whopping $125 million venture round led by General Atlantic. The financing follows an $81 million deal that the Los Altos, California company raised last fall, building a substantial arsenal… Read More

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Box releases Windows Phone app, sees 40% mobile usage

File storage and sharing service Box released its first Windows Phone app this morning, rounding out its mobile offerings and looking to stand out in a sea of competition. The app lets users view, move and share files on Windows Phone 7.5 devices. Features unique to Windows Phone include the ability to run slideshows of… Read More

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‘Mooning’ Microsoft: Box skips software giant in release of new mobile cloud service

Was there something traumatic about Aaron Levie’s childhood that caused an intense dislike of Microsoft? The founder of the Silicon Valley online storage service Box attended Mercer Island High School, just a few miles from Microsoft’s sprawling Redmond campus. But there’s no hometown pride when it comes to Microsoft, a company that Levie has routinely… Read More

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Box raises $81M as CEO looks to ‘out-innovate’ Microsoft

Box, the online cloud storage company that was started in Seattle in 2005 by Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith, just announced that it has raised $81 million from Salesforce.com, SAP Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, NEA and others. TechCrunch puts the deal at a $600 million valuation, a painful reminder of a fast-growing company that got… Read More