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Box's Aaron Levie Talks w/FORTUNE's Jessi Hempel

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Aaron Levie launched the online file sharing company BOX from his college dormroom in 2005. Nine years later, the company is valued at $2 billion and counts over 25 million users. Nearly every Fortune 500 company is a customer. Aaron will speak with Jessi Hempel about reinventing the IT department for the workforce of tomorrow.



Aaron Levie



Aaron Levie is the CEO and co-founder of Box, which he originally created as a college business project with the goal of helping people easily access their information from any location. Box was launched from Aaron's dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind Box's product and platform strategy, which is focused on incorporating the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social business software. He has spoken about content and collaboration tools at events such as Fortune Brainstorm Tech, Web 2.0, Dreamforce, Accenture Global Summit, South by Southwest, and Svase.

Aaron studied business at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before taking a leave of absence.


Jessi Hempel

Sr Writer Co-chair Fortune Brainstorm Tech


Jessi Hempel covers technology and the Internet as a senior writer for FORTUNE. She also co-chairs FORTUNE's annual technology conference, Fortune Brainstorm Tech, and is a seasoned speaker and panel moderator.

Hempel's cover-story subjects in FORTUNE have included Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as IBM and RIM. She has written in depth articles on the structural problems that may hinder Twitter's growth as well as the emerging competition between Facebook and Google over the social web. Hempel was the first to profile the Russian investor Yuri Milner who has bought a substantial share in Facebook as well as nearly every other consumer web company today.

Prior to joining FORTUNE in July 2007, Hempel covered design and technology for BusinessWeek, where she wrote the first business cover story on social networks, "The MySpace Generation." Earlier in her career, Hempel taught fourth grade with Teach for America and then reported from Hong Kong for TIME Asia.

Hempel is a graduate of Brown University and received a Masters in Journalism from The University of California at Berkeley.

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