Always Keep a Few Tricks Up Your Sleeve

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Always Keep a Few Tricks Up Your Sleeve Published: July 24, 2010 Always Keep a Few Tricks Up Your Sleeve This interview with  Aaron Levie,  co-founder and C.E.O. of  Box.net , an online file storage company, was conducted and  condensed by   Adam Bryant Q.  Talk about the culture of your company.   A.  Everyone has a start-up mentality still, and we’re small enough where you get the right kind of energy and  dedication, so everyone feels really a part of what we’re doing. People are able to question each other about strategies,  whether they’re in marketing, engineering or product.  We try to keep it fairly low on hierarchy. Everyone is encouraged to be entrepreneurial and people tend to be  extremely passionate, but it’s not about taking credit or being arrogant about what we’re doing.  We’ve been able to do away with just a lot of the corporate kind of things that I think slow down organizations and  don’t result in productive behavior, and instead we’ve been able to get a lot of people focused on really having a good  time, which helps us stay fast and innovative. And I think that ultimately is the only reason that people even want to  go to work or want to stay in business — to have a good time while collaborating to accomplish a big vision.  Q.  So what are some specifics?   A.  We had our first ever “hackathon” at Box a few months ago. The engineering team pulled an all-nighter, from 8 p.m.  until noon the next day, on projects outside their daily job description. We then had a judging panel at lunch, and the  entire company got to watch the engineers present some amazing new features. It was fun and people goofed off but it  was also really inspiring, and I think it brought the whole group together. 
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Q.   What were some important leadership lessons for you?   A.  In middle school, I did magic shows. It actually applies to what I’m doing now because it’s all about getting in front 
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