FORTUNE -- Dennis Woodside ran Motorola Mobility for Google, but apparently he won't be doing the same for Lenovo.
Dropbox has raised $507 million in venture capital funding. Its most recent deal, a
$250 $350 million Series C round that valued the company at $10 billion, quelled speculation that the San Francisco-based company would file for an IPO in the near term.
Dropbox competes with Box, another online storage startup. Last week, Quartz reported Box had confidentially filed to raise $500 million in an IPO. Box's latest round of outside funding valued the company at $1 billion.
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In the past, Dropbox has focused on offering storage space to consumers but has moved into Box's core market, the business-to-business world. Woodside will lead Dropbox's push into that arena, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Traditionally, the young engineer founders of successful startups are asked to step aside for a more seasoned "adult" executive. But the changes in ownership structures of startups, and the fact that they're waiting longer to go public, has seen more founders retaining their CEO role. So the "adults" are now becoming COOs, like Woodside and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg.
A Dropbox representative did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
Update: Dropbox has confirmed the hire. Houston issued the following statement:
We've long admired Dennis's leadership at Google and Motorola where he ran multi-billion dollar businesses and built amazing organizations around the world. We're so happy to welcome Dennis to our team -- I can't imagine a better person to help us bring Dropbox to global scale.
The Mountain View company announced its fourth-quarter earnings amid a flurry of M&A activity
FORTUNE -- Google reported strong fourth-quarter earnings Thursday: The company earned $16.86 billion in revenue for the fourth quarter, a 17% jump over the same period in 2012. Google's GAAP earnings per share was $9.90, up over $8.62 in the year prior. The company's stock traded up more than 4% after hours.
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FORTUNE -- After trying and failing to compete effectively in the handset business, Google is selling its Motorola business unit to Lenovo, the world's largest and fastest-growing PC maker, for $2.91 billion in cash and stock.
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"We are working as hard as ever this year to deliver an incredible year and some products that will blow your mind." -- CEO Tim Cook at Apple's annual shareholder meeting
* Apple (AAPL) has acquired the app search and discovery engine Chomp. The Chomp team and technology will MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 24, 2012 3:30 AM ET
Sony's tablet could be the next to stumble, says another
Wall Street's best and brightest are expressing varying degrees of shock at the news Thursday that Research in Motion (RIMM), which delivered 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the quarter that ended in May, shipped a dismal 200,000 in the August quarter -- suggesting that most of those first half-million units are still sitting, unsold, on store shelves.
"We believe the PlayBook is MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 16, 2011 10:31 AM ET
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"There are a lot of sweet patents in that portfolio." -- Dean Becker, ICAP Patent Brokerage CEO, on Motorola Mobility's (MMI) 17,000 patents. (Bloomberg)
* Arik Hesseldahl over at All Things D does the math and guestimates that HP (HPQ) could be losing anywhere between $140 million and $300 million MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 23, 2011 3:30 AM ET
The search giant's $12.5 billion acquisition bid is a bold move that could reshape the mobile business. It's also fraught with potential pitfalls.
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FORTUNE -- Sometimes, plan B is pretty good. When Google missed out on buying Nortel Networks' patent hoard earlier this summer, few could have predicted it would make a stunning $12.5 billion cash bid for Motorola Mobility.
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