Arash Ferdowsi is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Dropbox. He attended Blue Valley Northwest High School, a public high school in Overland Park, graduating first in his class in 2004. He 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.
Arash launched Dropbox in June 2007 with his business partner, Drew Houston, at MIT. In September 2007, he moved his company to San Francisco and raised venture capital from Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, Y Combinator, and a handful of individual investors. From the company’s establishment in June 2007 until October 2016, Ferdowsi served as the chief technology officer (CTO) of Dropbox. He remains a member of Dropbox’s management team and board of directors.
Arash has received a number of honors for his accomplishments. Inc. Magazine named him to its 2011 “30 Under 30” top entrepreneurs list, Fortune Magazine named him to its 2011 “40 Under 40” list, and TechCrunch awarded him a Crunchie for “Founder Of The Year.”