In 2007 there was nothing like Dropbox. Internet users emailed themselves photos, docs and videos, or saved them to thumb drives.

Now Dropbox has hundreds of millions of users who store files on its cloud-based drive and continues to work toward its goal of simplifying life through technology.

When we first met
An introduction from a friend of Doug Leone's led to an early Saturday morning meeting with a sleepy Drew and Arash in a small apartment on San Francisco's Russian Hill. Drew gave us a demo of a pre-release version of Dropbox but, more interestingly, explained the ideas that he and Arash had concocted for the future. It was not a long meeting - perhaps just ninety minutes. But it was sufficient to sow the seed of what eventually became the first real financing for Dropbox - an investment of $1.2M in a two-person company with a product that had yet to be introduced.

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