MIT alum Drew Houston spoke at MIT’s commencement last Friday. Here at OCW, we use Dropbox quite a bit in moving around the files of educational material that end up on our site, so it was nice to hear more of the story behind the service. Here’s the MIT News coverage:
‘I stopped trying to make my life perfect, and instead tried to make it interesting.’
June 7, 2013
Below is the prepared text of the Commencement address by Drew Houston ’05, the CEO of Dropbox, for MIT’s 147th Commencement held June 7, 2013.
Thank you Chairman Reed, and congratulations to all of you in the class of 2013.
I’m so happy to be back at MIT, and it’s an honor to be here with you today. I still wear my Brass Rat, and turning this ring around on graduation day is still one of the proudest moments of my life.
There are a lot of reasons why this is a special day, but the reason I’m so excited for all of you is that today is the first day of your life where you no longer need to check boxes.
For your first couple decades, success in life has meant jumping through one hoop after another: get these test scores, get into this college. Take these classes, get this degree. Get into this prestigious institution so you can get into the next prestigious institution. All of that ends today. Read more.