Dropbox defends appointment of Condoleezza Rice to board

In a blog post Friday, Drew Houston, Dropbox’s chief executive, responded to critics of the firm’s decision to appoint former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the private company’s board.

This week, we wrote about the heated discussions over the appointment and the calls by some for Dropbox to rescind the offer. Some commentary suggested that Silicon Valley was forcing its beliefs on others and referenced the recent controversy at Mozilla over the then-chief executive Brendan Eich’s donation to an anti-gay-marriage ballot initiative.

I argued, this controversy isn’t Mozilla 2.0.

In his post, Houston reaffirmed the company’s commitment to privacy:

There’s nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure. It’s why we’ve been fighting for transparency and government surveillance reform, and why we’ve been vocal and public with our principles and values. We should have been clearer that none of this is going to change with Dr. Rice’s appointment to our board. Our commitment to your rights and your privacy is at the heart of every decision we make, and this will continue.


At top: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks in Menlo Park on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.   (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)


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  • Yeah… think I’ll take down anything I have there just to be safe.

  • rpasea

    What value does Rice bring to Dropbox? I don’t see it.

    • Michael Golde

      Certainly more value than Al Gore brings to Apple.

  • Barry Soetoro Assclown

    Awesome! I’m buying Dropbox today! Thank you Mr Houston for bringing a great American onto your team. Screw the racist Demo-rat hypocrites who don’t like her.

    • JohnMyroro

      What a nice person. Do you froth like this all the time, are just for special occasions?

  • ChrisSF

    I am really enjoying using OneDrive and Google Drive since I deleted my Dropbox account. They give much more storage and all of the same functionality. I won’t miss Dropbox one bit. Dropbox is the MySpace of 2014.

    • Patrick Horton

      Same boat I joined DriveHQ a couple days ago and it’s already way better. Also, great line about MySpace. You could sell that as a slogan.