Launched in 2011, Kimber was responsible for #newbox, a major redesign and rebuild of the Box user experience which marked a turning point in the company’s transition to the enterprise market. She’s especially interested in Box’s virality and usability, dreaming up, testing and implementing countless improvements over the last three years.
Prior to Box, Kimber was co-founder and CEO of cloud computing startup Increo Solutions, funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson. At Increo, she led the creation of Backboard, a web-based service that allows users to share and review documents in a secure space. Increo was later acquired by Box, in 2009. Keep reading to find out more from Kimber about Box!
If you could describe the essence of Box’s culture in one word, what would that be?
Collaboration. Not only do we build enterprise content collaboration software, our culture really values collaboration: its embedded in the way we work. For example, it’s not unusual to see a few Boxers at a whiteboard talking through a tough code issue or a bunch of designers huddled around a single monitor given feedback. We work hard to maintain this culture, we do not hire people — even experts — that cannot work as a team.
Describe your favorite part of the office.
Probably a duo of rainbow-hued armchairs right next to my team’s workspace. I like to settle in with a project (my favorite is pulling data to solve a problem), a coffee and a couple of hours of time.
How would you describe the best day you ever had at Box?
At a recent offsite, I took all forty members of my team through an exercise to think about our ideal team, product and company at the end of 2013. Even though a number of team members were brand new employees, there were some fantastic suggestions. Most importantly, it was extremely rewarding to see the entire team come together to think about how we can do what we do even better.
Describe your workspace—what does your immediate work area look like?
I have the standard Box standing/sitting desk (though I haven’t quite gotten the standing desk thing down, I still sit when I need to work on anything important). Behind my desk, there’s a stash of supplies for ...