Liz Gannes

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Dropbox Poaches Top Sales Execs From Salesforce, Apple and Google

Dropbox has been aggressively staffing up as the year comes to a close, with talent acquisitions of Audiogalaxy and Snapjoy, and hires of the creator of the programming language Python and the designer of the Facebook “Like” button.

Next up are some veteran sales leaders. Sales is an interesting topic at Dropbox, which has been masterful at viral freemium growth but would also like to have more of an enterprise presence.

KimScottKim Malone Scott, who spent the past couple years at Apple after a long stint at Google where she was apparently unofficially known as the “High Priestess of the Long Tail,” has joined Dropbox’s support and online sales teams.

Scott had run online sales and operations for AdSense, YouTube and DoubleClick. She popped up on AllThingsD over the years for her work on publisher relations and video syndication. More recently, she was a “member of the faculty at Apple University,” which meant that she developed curriculum on company culture and taught a course on management.

KevinEganMeanwhile, Kevin Egan spent the past 10 years in sales at Salesforce, where he started and built sales teams. He was most recently in charge of global recruiting. Egan will join the Dropbox sales team in January.

Dropbox now has more than 250 employees, with the vast majority of them hired in the past year. It has just announced plans for its first non-San Francisco office, to be located in Dublin, Ireland. But the company is attempting to keep its culture intact as it grows. Last time I visited headquarters, the entire team had vacated what I thought was the main part of their office, and moved together to the other side of the building, which I was told was because it was a better space to have the current-sized headcount in one place.


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