One of the Most Powerful Women in U.S. Government Joins Dropbox’s Board

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Condoleezza Rice, the former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor will join the Dropbox board of directors.

By Betsy Mikel (Editor, Women 2.0)

In the heels of hitting 275 million users, Dropbox is adding a fourth person to its board. Condoleezza Rice will be joining the board of directors to advise on matters such as international expansion and privacy. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the former secretary of state’s consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates has advised Dropbox on management issues over the last year.

“As a country, we are having a great national conversation and debate about exactly how to manage privacy concerns,” Rice told Bloomberg Businessweek about her new position. “I look forward to helping Dropbox navigate it.”

Cloud startups and government don’t often join forces, but this appointment reinforces they should. If startups have global expansion on the horizon, it’s smart to have a voice with expertise in international affairs.

“Dropbox needs people with international experience to help it at once deal with foreign governments that have blocked its use — China, for example — and as it works to spread a product developed in one country to others that are culturally different,” TechCrunch pointed out.

Dropbox made several other big announcements today. They launched Carousel (check out this video), will now offer Dropbox for Business for personal accounts, and launched Mailbox for Android.

Photo credit: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia via Flickr.

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Betsy Mikel is a freelance copywriter and content strategist who helps brands, businesses and entrepreneurs tell their stories. A journalist at heart, her curiosity drives her to find something new to learn every single day. Follow her on Twitter at @betsym.


About the author: Betsy Mikel is the managing editor of Women 2.0 and runs the content consultancy Aveck. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a lifelong obsession with French language and culture. When she's not biking all over every city she visits to find its best taqueria, you can find Betsy on Twitter at @betsym.