/// Liveblogging: Box Makes All the Clouds Compatible

October 9, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Box CEO Aaron Levie is a speaker circuit favorite, known as the enterprise guy who keeps people awake and laughing. Today he takes a stage of his own making at the second annual Boxworks developer conference at the ornate Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. Levie will be debuting an array of partnerships with Oracle, Netsuite, Concur, Jive, Fuzebox, CornerStone, SugarCRM, Zendesk and others, where Box has developed hooks to HTML5-ify what they are doing so customers of these applications can use all their tools together instead of in different silos. The company calls this Box Embed and it was announced earlier this morning . His openers today are venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and eBay CEO John Donahoe. 8:41 am : Andreessen and Donahoe kick off with some political jokes (the eBay CEO’s wife, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, is U.S. ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council). Andreessen notes he joined the eBay board shortly after Donahoe was hired. Andreessen hypes recent eBay progress, including mobile growth, acquisitions of Milo and RedLaser, and the spinoff of Skype (a big deal for him at Andreessen Horowitz). Then he talks about the great stock price. Eventually he may let Donahoe talk, but we’ll see. 8:48 am : Donahoe says five years ago it was clear that the eBay user experience was behind. “I started using the “t” word,” he said — with the eBay turnaround being user experience, pricing, policies. Andreessen asks about company culture. Donahoe says he has replaced 80 of the top 100 people at eBay. The outsiders bring objectivity and new skills. “You can’t change the culture unless you change the people,” he says. Donahoe says that even though he’s not a founder-CEO, he can inject that energy into the company with acquisitions where the founders take leadership roles — like 25-year-old Milo CEO Jack Abraham is now head of all of eBay Local, and Zong CEO David Marcus now leads PayPal.

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