Dropbox to open office in NYC

Kavish Harjai, News Editor

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Dropbox, a growing cloud-storage company, is in the process of opening an office in New York City. Currently, employees of Dropbox are working out of a temporary office space near NYU.

Stephanie Saffer, director of The Hatch Agency, a company that represents Dropbox, said the move to New York City is to serve the community that uses the company more closely.

“We’re building roots in New York to support the more than 200 million users and 4 million businesses who rely upon Dropbox, and are excited to grow the company to support this,” Saffer said.

By opening an office in New York City, Dropbox will be closer to local clients, such as Macmillan Publishers, the fashion blog Refinery29 and the digital agency HUGE.

Saffer said the new office is hiring to build the engineering and sales team. They will be having a recruiting event on April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at 355 W. 16th St.

Ross Piper, vice president of enterprise strategy at Dropbox, told betabeat.com that Dropbox plans to create a team of 25 people but hopes to grow 100 percent each successive year, to match Dropbox’s overall growth rate.

Poly professor Justin Cappos said Dropbox’s new office will attract NYU students.

“It’s another strong player in the area here and I know that a lot of companies, when they go to do recruiting, they often look to local universities and look at local students, especially for things like internships,” Cappos said. “So it’s a great way for NYU students to get more involved in Dropbox and it’s a great way for Dropbox to be able to get more talent.”

Cappos said computer science students have a great opportunity with the increase in technology and data companies and anyone who wants to study computer science should start now.

“I’ll say that I don’t think there’s been a better time to study computer science or computer engineering than there is now,” Cappos said. “We have companies knocking on our doors doing everything they can to try and engage our graduates and frankly we can’t produce them quickly enough.”

CAS junior Tyler Palsulich, who is studying computer science, said he would be excited to work with a company like Dropbox.

“I think it’s great that Dropbox is coming to NYC,” Palsulich said. “I’m sure other computer science students would want to work there, too. As more big name companies move into the city, there are more job and internship opportunities available to NYU students. Especially when it’s with a well known company, like Dropbox.”

A version of this article appeared in the March 24 print edition. Additional reporting by Ann Schmidt. Kavish Harjai is a news editor. Email them at [email protected]