Articles by Alex Willen

10 Mar 2013 · by Alex Willen
This post comes from Dave Sawyer, a Senior Software Engineer at Box. This year for the Box Hackathon I thought I’d try my hand at writing a C++ application using the new Box V2 API. I used Qt 5.0 as my application framework, not because I’m super familiar with it (indeed, I opened the toolset for...
22 Jan 2013 · by Alex Willen
Today, we're pleased to be launching the Third Party Developer Tools section of our documentation, which, as you can probably guess from the name, highlights third party tools that developers can use to more easily interact with our API. We really appreciate the work of the developers who have...
12 Nov 2012 · by Alex Willen
As you may remember, a few months ago our file IDs crossed the 2^31 boundary. That was a very exciting moment for us, as it represented the enormous amount of usage that we're seeing, but it also created a few issues for some of our developers. That's why we've been very focused on making sure...
08 Nov 2012 · by Alex Willen
Want to learn about some up-and-coming companies in the enterprise space? Then come join us at 6pm on Monday, November 19, when we'll be hosting the SF Enterprise Tech Meetup. The event will feature short demos by GroupTie, Penxy, Baydin, Appfluence, and HelloData - here's a little more info about...
24 Oct 2012 · by Alex Willen
For the first time this year, we held Developer Day at BoxWorks, and we couldn't be more pleased about the fantastic people who attended, gave presentations and generally made the day a rousing success. Our speakers ran the gamut from entrepreneurs, like Des Traynor of Intercom.io, to execs from...
27 Sep 2012 · by Alex Willen
I joined Box more than three years ago, which is fantastic not only because it gives me the privilege of waxing nostalgic to new hires about the good old days, but also because I've been lucky enough to watch the company grow at an astounding rate. Just about everything has changed since I started...
25 Sep 2012 · by Alex Willen
Here at Box, we're all about going big, especially when it comes to BoxWorks. Of course, the same is true for BoxWorks Developer Day, which is why, if you point your browser to https://cloud.box.com/boxworks/developers/ (go ahead, I'll wait), you'll find that we've kicked things up a notch. The...
16 Sep 2012 · by Alex Willen
Don't forget - today's the last day of the BoxWorks Developer Day flash sale, with tickets available for only $99, so get yours now! Still debating whether to join us? Well, when we promised you that Developer Day is going to be huge, we weren't kidding. That's why we're very pleased to announce...
12 Sep 2012 · by Alex Willen
Conference season is rapidly descending upon us, and this year's set of developer events looks to be a good one. If you haven't heard already, as part of our BoxWorks customer conference this year, we'll be hosting a full day of developer-oriented content. We call it Developer Day, and for next the...
06 Sep 2012 · by Alex Willen
Last week, a few of us on the Box platform team had a chance to go visit London's equivalent of Silicon Valley, more commonly known as Tech City. Tech City sits in East London, just south of the Olympic park, and grew out of the Silicon Roundabout, where some of the first tech companies in East...
22 Aug 2012 · by Alex Willen
This year, for the first time, we're holding a Developer Day as part of BoxWorks, featuring two keynotes, six sessions and code consultations with the experts. There's no better place to learn about the API and how it can improve your app or help your business gets more value out of its Box...
15 Aug 2012 · by Alex Willen
This weekend, 150 developers joined us at Box HQ to redefine work, and they produced some clever, creative and downright useful applications. We were joined by TokBox, Twilio, Iron.io, Mashery, Parse, SendGrid and Firebase, all of which provided not only prizes, but also training in how to use...
10 Aug 2012 · by Alex Willen
Tomorrow's the day! All you hackers out there, take some time to think about what you're going to build, get a good night's sleep tonight and get ready to win our hackathon. Our office will open at 10, and the keynotes will start at noon. We'll have plenty of food and coffee, so all you need to...
05 Aug 2012 · by Alex Willen
With our hackathon coming up this weekend, we couldn't be more excited! We've made a couple of additions to the prize pool, including a grand prize - $3,000 in cold, hard cash! The grand prize winner will be selected by our panel of judges - Danielle Morrill, James Yu, and our own Aaron Levie. In...
01 Aug 2012 · by Alex Willen
As any of our dozens of OneCloud partners can tell you, we love awesome mobile apps. That's why we're excited to be part of Appcelerator's Mobile Dev Challenge, which is offering cold, hard cash to developers who use Appcelerator Titanium to build the next great app. In addition to the money, the...
23 Jul 2012 · by Alex Willen
You love hacking, right? How about prizes? Any thoughts on lots of food? You can probably see where this is going - we're throwing a hackathon! Not just any hackathon, though - we've gathered some of the Valley's greatest tech companies for a hackathon to build the next generation of great business...
18 Jul 2012 · by Alex Willen
Today's tools just haven't kept up with the people that use them, which is why our team is dedicated to creating a product that has the power of traditional enterprise software with an interface that's easy to use. We're only tackling one piece of the puzzle, though – there are countless other...
08 Jul 2012 · by Alex Willen
Video conferencing has been done and redone, for consumers, businesses, and everyone in between. That makes sense, of course, given that we're all more mobile than ever before, and we have both the desire to stay connected and the technology to make that possible. With so many options available, it...
20 Jun 2012 · by Alex Willen
Ask any project manager, and they'll tell you that their job requires great tools to keep their team organized and informed about what's happening. Box is one of those tools, allowing your team to collaborate on the documents relevant to their projects. But that's only part of the job. For...
14 Jun 2012 · by Alex Willen
More than two years ago, in the time after the announcement of the iPad but before the first one hit the shelves, I was an intern at Box, and I remember a conversation I had with our CEO Aaron Levie. Aaron insisted that the iPad would not only be a success, but also would be immensely valuable for...