Dropbox startup lessons learned 2011

Eric Ries
Eric RiesEric Ries
Startup Lessons Learned 2011 Drew Houston Founder/CEO, Dropbox @drewhouston
How things get built at Dropbox Challenges we face at scale How we decide what to build
Dropbox by the numbers ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
People > process ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Find great people… ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Big results with small # of people ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Planning ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Dropbox company goals ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Study how other companies grew ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Challenges we face at scale
Launch fast and iterate quickly… ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
The world is more complicated… ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
It’s not easy being lean ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Build the right thing & build things right ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
How we decide what to build
Some design principles ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Votebox: our tracker for user requests
BUT…figuring out what your customers want is your job,  not theirs
Big problems hidden in plain sight
Big problems hidden in plain sight ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Wrapping up ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Thank you! Questions? @drewhouston Slides: bit.ly/dropboxSLL2011
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Dropbox startup lessons learned 2011

Editor's Notes

  1. (as I spent the bulk of my 20s discovering) This is not your typical rails app that you can bang out in a weekend.
  2. Unusual aspects
  3. A few examples/stories
  4. A few examples/stories
  5. A few examples/stories