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I worked at a $3.5 billion hedge fund from 2006-2007 and realized both the conflicts of interest inherent to sell-side research as well as the challenges buy-side professionals faced in sharing their own proprietary ideas. At the same time, social media was exploding around the world, but the financial industry was somewhat slow to adopt Web 2.0, leaving me an opportunity to build something unique that I felt would add a lot of value and transparency for professional investors.

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

It is a rocky settlement, but the one thing which kept annoying me was that all my friends were on Facebook 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

I would hope that as SumZero grows, more and more investors see the benefits of buy-side research. I think you're right in that this is a revolutionary concept, but making it happen is a challenge to say the least. 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

I determined that a JD-MBA was the best way to gain practical business skills and a legal foundation that would help me as an entrepreneur. Northwestern University’s JD-MBA program was the perfect fit for me, given its selectivity, location in Chicago, and accelerated three-year time frame.

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

Though some analysts are averse to sharing ideas, many are very open to it and value the feedback from fellow peers who are experts in valuing companies

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

We've found that the larger the SumZero community has become, the more open analysts have become open to joining.

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

No one is born a CEO. This is an acquired skill set and furthermore, it's one that you learn on the job. So everyone is a first-time CEO by definition at some point.

Drew Houston (American Entrepreneur)

We launched Dropbox publicly in September 2008, so that was maybe a year, almost exactly a year after that seed round from Sequoia. 

Drew Houston (American Entrepreneur)

The truth is that I was surprised just like everyone else that Dropbox made it so big. The whole thing started because I was trying to solve a problem for myself. 

Drew Houston (American Entrepreneur)

It was around that time that I started entertaining a few side projects. In one of these projects I decided to hack things together so I can access my stuff on multiple computers – a big problem at the time with no good solution in the market. So while Dropbox was born out of real necessity, it quickly became clear that many people could use something like this. 

Drew Houston (American Entrepreneur)

Frankly I thought Google should do it, and they definitely had all the resourced to do it. That said, building this product would be one of a hundred other things that Google was working on. We, on the other hand, only had one product to focus on. And we had 10 of the smartest engineers we knew from MIT. 

Drew Houston (American Entrepreneur)

I use the tennis ball for that idea because of my dog, who gets this crazy, obsessed look on her face when you throw the ball for her.

Drew Houston (American Entrepreneur)

The most successful people and successful entrepreneurs I know are all obsessed with solving a problem that really matters to them

Drew Houston (American Entrepreneur)

You're the average of your five closest friends, so make sure to put yourself in an environment that pulls the best out of you.

Drew Houston (American Entrepreneur)

Getting into Y Combinator is like getting into a great school. So imagine having your two minutes with the dean of admissions and them coming away thinking you’re an asshole.

Drew Houston (American Entrepreneur)

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