Born: October 7, 1985, Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Nationality: Iranian American
Alma mater: MIT (Dropped out)
Occupation: Co-Founder and CTO, Dropbox
Arash Ferdowsi is an Iranian-American entrepreneur who was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas.
Mr. Ferdowshi is co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Dropbox.
In 2004, he graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. After getting his diploma, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he dropped out in his final year in pursuit of launching his own business.
In 2007, Arash launched Dropbox with his business partner, Drew Houstin, whom he met at the Massachusetts institute of Technology.
Young Arash was very hungry for success after dropping out from the best Institute of Technology in the world, his partner, Drew Houstin was just as ready and determined as he was. The two paired up and decided to build a cloud storage service which is now one the most popular cloud storage services in the world- alongside Apple’s cloud storage known as iCloud.
“At the time, Dropbox was closed. After the video went viral, our beta waiting list went from 5,000 people to 75,000 in a few hours. We got a bunch of press and it was clear that we were working on something that people were interested in,” Houston says.
During the initiation phases of the company, they managed to acquire 200 employees. but in 2013, the company expanded its workforce to over 500 employees with the sole aim of maximizing their profits. The company had its first developer conference and overhauled its For Business product in anticipation for an enterprise sales boost. Dropbox wanted to raise money for new storage innovations for its users, and they were able to accumulate over $250 million, which was more than enough to do so.
#1. Inc. Magazine named Ferdowsi to its 2011 “30 Under 30” top entrepreneurs list.
#2. Fortune Magazine named Ferdowsi to its 2011 “40 Under 40” list.
#3. TechCrunch awarded Ferdowsi a Crunchie for “Founder Of The Year”.