How I Succeeded: Dropbox’s Charlie Wood

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Charlie Wood from Dropbox

Current gig: Country Manager, Dropbox ANZ
Location: Sydney
Current mobile device: Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Tab Pro, iPhone 6
Current computer: Mac Book Air
One word that best describes how you work: Flexibly

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Multi platform tools such as document collaboration and customer relationship management software. I can grab any of my devices and pick up where I left of on the last one. The form factors allow me to continue momentum whether I’m at a desk, in transit or just hanging out at the beach.

What social network do you find the most useful?

LinkedIn and Facebook

What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?

There’s no substitute for hard work and you need to abstract the complexity.

What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?

How much you can get done in any 12-month period with the right team.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

I’m pretty good at context switching and funny accents.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I live in Avalon and I work for a San Francisco based company. I don’t get much sleep.

What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?

You have to find a business that has scarcity and scale.

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