Arash Ferdowsi

Arash Ferdowsi (Persian: آرش فردوسی‎, born October 7, 1985) is an Iranian-American billionaire entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Dropbox.[2]

Arash Ferdowsi
Arash Ferdowsi 2014 (cropped)
BornOctober 7, 1985 (age 33)
OccupationCo-Founder, Dropbox
Net worthUS$1.1 billion (April 2018)[1]

Early life and education

Ferdowsi was born in Overland Park, Kansas, US on 7 October 1985, the son of Iranian immigrants Gholam Ferdowsi (b. 1950) and Tahmineh "Tammy" Faridazar (b. 1959). Ferdowsi's father, a mortgage broker, is a native of Tabriz in northwestern Iran.[3] His parents met and married in 1984, while students at the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri–Kansas City, respectively. They settled in the US following the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

He attended Blue Valley Northwest High School, a public high school in Overland Park, graduating first in his class in 2004.[4] Ferdowsi went on to study electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), dropping out of his program in his last year to focus on his business.[5]


Ferdowsi launched Dropbox in June 2007 with his business partner, Drew Houston, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In September 2007, Ferdowsi moved his company to San Francisco and raised venture capital from Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, Y Combinator, and a handful of individual investors.[5] In March 2018, Dropbox underwent an initial public offering, valuing the company at around USD 9.2 billion.[6]

From the company's establishment in June 2007 until October 2016, Ferdowsi served as the chief technology officer (CTO) of Dropbox.[7] He remains a member of Dropbox's management team and board of directors.[8]

Awards and highlights


  1. ^ "Dropbox Stock Pop Puts Kansas Native in Tech Billionaires Club". Forbes. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ Arash Ferdowsi | CrunchBase Profile. Retrieved on 2012-07-14.
  3. ^ "Blue Valley Northwest grad is a billionaire, thanks to the tech company he founded". The Kansas City Star. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Meet the richest area native you've probably never heard of". The Kansas City Star. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Carter, Nicole (2011-06-27). " 30under30: Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, Founders of Dropbox". Mansueto Ventures. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Dropbox Priced at $21 a Share in I.P.O., Valuing Company at $9.2 Billion". New York Times. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Dropbox appoints new CTO, Aditya Agarwal, takes over for cofounder Arash Ferdowsi". Venture Beat. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  8. ^ "About - Dropbox". Dropbox. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ "40 Under 40 - Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi". Fortune. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  10. ^ Constine, Josh (2014-02-11). "Dropbox's Cloud Storage Kings Drew Houston And Arash Ferdowsi Win Founder Of The Year Crunchie". TechCrunch. TechCrunch. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
Aditya Agarwal

Aditya Agarwal is a computer engineer and engineering manager of Indian origin. He has worked at Facebook, Cove, and Dropbox.

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Dropbox (service)

Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by the American company Dropbox, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, California, that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by MIT students Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi as a startup company, with initial funding from seed accelerator Y Combinator.

Dropbox can create a special folder on the user's computer, the contents of which are synchronized to Dropbox's servers and to other computers and devices where the user has installed Dropbox, keeping the same files up-to-date on all devices. Dropbox uses a freemium business model, where users are offered a free account with a set storage size, with paid subscriptions available that offer more capacity and additional features. Dropbox Basic users are given 2 gigabytes of free storage space. Dropbox Plus users are given 1 terabyte of storage space, as well as additional features, including advanced sharing controls, remote wipe, and an optional Extended Version History add-on. Dropbox offers computer apps for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and Linux computers, and mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets. In March 2013, the company acquired Mailbox, a popular email app, and in April 2014, the company introduced Dropbox Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Both Mailbox and Carousel were shut down in December 2015, with key features from both apps implemented into the regular Dropbox service. In October 2015, it officially announced Dropbox Paper, its collaborative document editor, in a reported effort to expand its operations towards businesses. As of March 2016, Dropbox has 500 million users.Dropbox has received praise, including the Crunchie Award in 2010 for Best Internet Application, and Macworld's 2009 Editor's Choice Award for Software. It has been ranked as one of the most valuable startups in the US and the world, with a valuation of over US$10 billion, and it has been described as one of Y Combinator's most successful investments to date. However, Dropbox has also experienced criticism and generated controversy for issues including security breaches and privacy concerns.

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