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Box CEO Aaron Levie on Trump, the Tech Giants, and the Stock Market

‘This economy is definitely not sustainable’

Alex Kantrowitz
OneZero
Published in
26 min readSep 3, 2020

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A photo of Aaron Levie against an orange gradient to black background.
Photo illustration; Photo courtesy of Aaron Levie

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This week, Kantrowitz sits down with Box CEO Aaron Levie. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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As the pandemic flattens much of the U.S. economy, many technology firms are doing just fine. Business is moving online, and they’re well positioned to benefit. For tech CEOs like Box’s Aaron Levie, the experience can be bewildering. While you’re riding a wave most companies can only dream about, you’re watching the rest of the economy — including many of your customers — struggle to get by.

Levie, in this conversation, says this economy is “not sustainable” and offers a look into his mindset as he tries to make sense of where this is all heading.

Alex Kantrowitz: Let’s start with politics. Your stock price was approximately $9 on March 13, and today it’s nearing

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Alex Kantrowitz
OneZero

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