Andrew “Drew” Houston is an American Founder and Entrepreneur.
Drew Houston and his MIT classmate, Arash Ferdowsi founded Dropbox, online sharing tool. Their popular file-sharing tool hit 100 million users in late 2012.
Personal Life of Andrew Houston:
Andrew “Drew” Houston was born on 4th March 1983 in Acton, Massachusetts, USA. Drew started reading at 18 months. At 2½ years, Drew began playing games on IBM PC at home. By 8 years, he used bulletin board systems and learned how to make games, work on reverse-engineer. Drew was interested in entrepreneurship since he was 13 years – he wanted to be next Bill Gates.
Early Life of Andrew:
While in sixth grade he wished to learn how to incorporate a Company. His father, Ken took him to the town hall to talk to a clerk. Drew was a beta-testing his new computer games at 13 years when he observed there were security flaws. He e-mailed the designer, who wanted to hire him but Drew was not of working age yet. While in school, Drew learned BASIC computer language. In High School, Drew was involved in start-ups like Accolade, Bit9 and Hubspot. At 15 years, Drew worked for an industrial robotics start-up by an MIT professor. He converted Linux coding and that saved the team thousands of dollars.
Education of Andrew:
In 1990, Drew Houston attended Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. In 2006, Drew Houston earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As a student at MIT, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Drew met his MIT classmate, Arash Ferdowsi. In 2007, when they were both 24 years, Arash and Drew co-founded Dropbox, an online backup and storage service.
Career of Andrew:
Drew got the idea of Dropbox while he was at MIT. Drew repeatedly forgot to carry his USB drive to class. At the time, Drew did not like the existing services full of problems. These included Internet latency, large files, and bugs. Drew was interested in resolving this and the solution gave rise to Dropbox. Drew is the co-founder and CEO while Arash is the other co-founder and CTO. At present, Dropbox is ranked as one of the 20 best start-ups in the Silicon Valley.
Family of Andrew Houston:
Parents of Andrew:
Drew’s father Ken Houston was a Harvard graduate. He is an engineer. Ken had bought an IBM PC computer for his son, Drew Houston.
Mother of Andrew:
His mother, Cecily Houston is a high school librarian. The parents have mentioned that they taught their children. It does not matter what they do as long as they are passionate about it and follow through. If they commit to something, they should finish it, even if they hate it.
Presently, Drew is single but it seems that he is in a serious relationship with CeCe Cheng. She is a graduate from Princeton University and now she is working for Qwiki.
Net Worth of Andrew:
According to the Forbes, Andrew Drew Houston has a net worth of $1.04 Billion as per April 15, 2017. He was ranked at the 1940th spot by Forbes in the list of world billionaires in 2017. He was ranked at the 18th spot in the list of America’s richest entrepreneurs under 40 in 2016.