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Take on Goliath — and win

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When Drew Houston founded Dropbox, he knew he faced some fierce competition (hello, Google, Apple, and Microsoft). But he didn’t back down from the fight. Why? Because he believed in his product, and he knew he had an advantage those big, cumbersome competitors could never exploit: Dropbox was lean, focused, and fast. Hear how he outmaneuvered the big guys – and what’s next for Dropbox. Cameo appearances: Mark Pincus of Zynga, Shellye Archambeau of MetricStream.

“Your playbook should read differently from your competitor’s — or they’re just going to play your playbook with a lot more resources.”

— Drew Houston
About the guest:
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Drew Houston is the co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. Houston has a degree in computer science from MIT, where he met Dropbox co-founder and CTO Arash Ferdowsi.

About the host:
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Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Also featured in this episode:

As CEO, Shellye Archambeau led a legendary turnaround of the tech company MetricStream. She’s the author of the book Unapologetically Ambitious.

Mark Pincus founded Zynga in 2011, launching the social games FarmVille and Words with Friends. Four years after founding, the company went public with…

You can take on Goliaths and win – but only if you know exactly what your advantage is.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: Take on Goliath — and win
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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