SANTA CLARA, Calif.
May 10, 2011
/PRNewswire/ -- (
) -- TiE Silicon Valley announced today that
, Founder & CEO of Dropbox, one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley, will deliver the 2nd day opening keynote speech on
Saturday, May 14th
. Houston will discuss his experiences in building a service that has reached 25M consumers around the world in less than 3 years.
TiEcon 2011 will take place at the
. Each year, the conference brings together a diverse and dynamic group of leaders from business, technology, venture capital, and media for two days of education, inspiration, and networking.
"We are very excited to have
speak at our annual conference, TiEcon. Drew was named to the elite list of Twenty Something Entrepreneurs by
and his experience in building an Internet power house in such a short time will be an inspiration to thousands of entrepreneurs at this year's conference," said
, President of TiE Silicon Valley.
is CEO and Co-Founder of
, and has led Dropbox's growth from a simple idea to a service relied upon by millions around the world. Drew leads all of Dropbox's activities, and is actively involved in its business and product decisions. Dropbox has the backing of Sequoia Ventures and Accel Partners. Dropbox, since its launch in 2008, has grown to 25 million users in 175 countries, making it a truly global phenomenon.
Before founding Dropbox, Drew attended
where he studied computer science. He took a quick leave from school to form Accolade, an online SAT prep startup, and also worked as a software engineer for Bit9. After graduating from
, Drew recognized that people needed a way to bring their files with them without sending email attachments or carrying USB drives. He began writing a solution to this problem in early 2007 before showing an early version to
. The two of them then began working on the project that would eventually become Dropbox.
"I am delighted to speak at the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs and am excited to share what we've learned in building a fast-growing company serving millions of people," said
TiEcon 2011: Innovation Reigns
will feature session tracks and keynote speeches focused on key market segments: Cloud, Mobile, Social, Energy and Life Sciences. Other keynotes at TiEcon 2011 include:
, Co-Founder of AOL and Chair of the Startup America Partnership;
, Founding CEO of Sun Microsystems/ Founder of Khosla Ventures;
, Founder and CEO of Dropbox;
, Educator and Founder of the Khan Academy;
, Lead IBM Watson Scientist; and
, VP of Location and Local Services at Google.
, the 3rd annual awards program to recognize the "Top 50 Emerging Companies," will be a prominent part of this year's TiEcon conference. Selected from thousands of nominations from all over the world, previous winners have gone on to achieve great success.
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