Friday, November 20th, 2009

Passing the Torch: Meet Box’s New Community Manager

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This is a bittersweet post for me to write. If you’ve been keeping up with the blog recently, you might have noticed a new name and a new voice on here. That new voice is of Ashley Mayer, Box.net’s new Community Manager. I’m excited to have Ashley on board and know she’ll do a great job leading our community efforts. Of course, I’m also a little sad to say goodbye to this role, as I have truly enjoyed interacting with all of you on our blog, Twitter, Facebook, emails and even your own blogs. As for me, I’ll still be at Box, focusing on product messaging, launches, branding efforts and other things, so you’ll still hear plenty from me. One thing I really liked doing is introducing you to other members on the Box team through our blog interviews, so I thought it would be fun to do one more as my “last post”.

An equally momentus hand-off

Q: Ashley, you’ve been here about a week. I’m curious to hear what it’s been like for you, becoming part of the Box family.
A: Has it only been a week? I admit it was a bit of a culture shock initially – I came from a more corporate environment, and Box embodies the start-up cliche in the best possible way. My new coworkers are fun, a little goofy and incredibly dedicated to making Box.net the best collaboration platform ever. Period. They work hard, but they also know how to have fun…in my short tenure, we’ve had a company bowling excursion and a dessert bake-off, not to mention the free lunches and spontaneous ping pong tournaments. Everyone has been welcoming and accessible, whether it’s an engineer explaining our latest site improvements or CEO Aaron Levie sharing a rundown of future partnerships.

Q: Speak of the devil, what do you think of Aaron Levie, our CEO?
A: Aaron – known in this office as “Levie” – is definitely the most hands-on CEO I’ve ever encountered, and I mean that in a good way. He is involved in every aspect of product development (he sits among the engineers) and demands perfection and speediness. But he’s also the first to crack a joke, often at his own expense. Last night a few of us were working late and he wanders in and asks: “Which will prove more disruptive: Hulu or Chrome OS?” He’s very sharp and you never really know what question is coming next – it keeps us all on our toes.

Q: You’ve really hit the ground running in a short time. What can our customers and readers look forward to?
A: Thanks! It’s been a blast to dive head first into blogging, managing our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and engaging with the Box community. Stay tuned for some fun posts – we’ll continue to cover our latest product updates and partnerships, but we’ll also be introducing some of the behind-the-scenes members of the Box team, and maybe playing around with video. My first order of business, however, is to rally all our fans for The Crunchies – an award hosted by TechCrunch,GigaOM and VentureBeat. We’re vying for the “Best Enterprise Start-up” category, and we’d love your nomination.

So there you have it. The torch has been passed. Again, it’s been my pleasure serving as your Community Manager. All of you play a big role in making Box what it is and we’ll make sure it stays that way. Keep reading, keep sending us your ideas and make your voices heard.

You’re all in great hands now, so please give Ashley a warm welcome – we’ll be in touch!

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  • http://bac-tunisie.jimdo.com Boutiti Mehdi

    Welcome to you from Tunisia. Enjoy the new Job like everyone of the Box team.

  • Kirsten

    I’m excited to follow this blog and team with Ashley at the “mic.” She has so much talent, and she’s going to be a great asset to the group!