Condoleezza Rice Makes a Major Move By Joining Dropbox Board of Directors
Lets first start off by stating the obvious, well at least we hope it’s obvious to everyone. Condoleezza Rice is one of the most powerful women in the United States of America. That also makes her one of the most powerful women in the world. She formerly served as the United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President George W. Bush tenure in office.
Dropbox is one of the leading file hosting service providers that enable users to keep cloud storage, file synchronization and client software by creating a special folder on their computers and Dropbox enables them to synchronize all the files in that folder across all computers and smartphones they own. Basically it provides Cloud based storage and services.
Dropbox currently boasts of more than 275 million users and its aiming at becoming a global brand, not just in the USA. Dropbox, Inc management added Condoleezza Rice to its Board of Directors, and she is expected to help the firm in matters related to privacy and international expansion. Though you may want to know that this is not the first time Rice is dealing with Dropbox, Inc. Rice has been in close contact with Dropbox, Inc management for at least since last year through her consulting firm called, RiceHadleyGates.
Rice was quoted telling Bloomberg Businessweek, “As a country, we are having a great national conversation and debate about exactly how to manage privacy concerns…, I look forward to helping Dropbox navigate it”. Rice admission to the Board of Directors of Dropbox, Inc has elicited a mix of reactions from various stakeholders. It is not often you find Cloud startups joining hands with government join forces, but Rice appointment into Dropbox management could indicate a new beginning where the two could actually work together. For instance, Dropbox intends to expand its brand globally, and some experts are saying it’s a smart move that they bring on board expertise in matter related to international affairs. Rice is seen as the perfect candidate with knowledge and experience to matters related to international affairs.
Experts say that this move by Dropbox, could be beneficial in terms of creating a good working relationship with foreign governments such as China which has already blocked the use of Dropbox within China. Having experienced persons on board could help iron out issues of conflict especially when considering cultural difference between nations.
However there is a big number of stakeholders and internet users who are completely opposed to Rice appointment into Dropbox. They are currently running online petition and Twitter updates to lobby enough support to get Dropbox to reverse its move on hiring Rice. This is largely driven by the recent allegation that the US Government has been allegedly been spying on people without following the due legal channels. This is something many believe Rice was aware or possibly involved in while she had roles in the US Government.
Dropbox made a few other headlines apart from Rice appointments into its Board of Directors, others were the launch of the Carousel, new services that will offers special Dropbox for Business and finally the launched the Mailbox for Android.