2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

The Pivotal Moment: Leaping into the Enterprise

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Transition is an inevitable part of every startup and successful business – at some (or several) points in time it becomes necessary to evolve in order to be competitive and maintain relevance. But, identifying the right "moment" can be half the battle. To draw out lessons learned from a company that has consciously evolved and expanded into the enterprise market, Nathan Olivarez-Giles of The Wall Street Journal will interview Dropbox’s Ilya Fushman to discuss how and why Dropbox chose its “moment” and made its move. The discussion will cover how to make a successful transition by spotting trends, scaling appropriately, utilizing data to build a better product, and tackling the unexpected – all without losing the appeal that made your product a hit with users in the first place.



Ilya Fushman

Head of Prod for Business & Mobile


Ilya is the Head of Product for Business and Mobile at Dropbox. Before leading the Dropbox for Business and mobile teams, he was also Dropbox's head of platform partnerships and corporate development.

Prior to Dropbox, Ilya spent two years investing in and working with entrepreneurs at early stage companies as a Principal at Khosla Ventures. Earlier, he was the Director of Data Management and Device Design at Solar Junction, where he built a variety of business intelligence, analytics, data management and productivity tools, as well as the world's most efficient solar cell.

Ilya holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Asst News Ed, Technology

The Wall Street Journal

Nathan Olivarez-Giles covers technology as a part of the The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau. In addition to writing, he shoots photos and video, and does a bit of editing too. Before joining the Journal in 2013, Mr. Olivarez-Giles covered technology and science at The Verge. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he has also covered Google at Wired, as well as technology, business and crime at the Los Angeles Times.

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