- By Jared Newman
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Company | Profile
Box--which boasts over 50,000 clients, from General Electric to prized startups like Spotify and Airbnb--is to cloud storage what Slack has become to team communication. Think the "Switzerland of enterprise," as Levie says. Box pivoted to enterprise before it became sexy--and soon after Levie started the company in 2005 with now-CFO Dylan Smith--giving the company a leg up on a major rival, Dropbox. After kicking off 2015 with an IPO, Box brokered partnerships with heavyweights like IBM, Apple, and even the once-aloof Microsoft.
These allies lend Box both cachet and visibility. And 2016 will bring more partners into the fold: Box is developing a plugin with Oculus that, coupled with the virtual reality firm's headset, will make those 3-D models immersive.