In December 2009 Jobs beckoned Houston (pronounced like the New
York City street, not the Texas city) and his partner, Arash
Ferdowsi, for a meeting at his Cupertino office. “I mean,
Steve friggin’ Jobs,” remembers Houston, now 28. “How do you
even prepare for that?” When Houston whipped out his laptop for
a demo, Jobs, in his signature jeans and black turtleneck, coolly
waved him away: “I know what you do.”
So for everyone who’s ever asked why Apple didn’t just buy Dropbox, the answer — according to the Dropbox founders at least — is that they tried.