Apple and Samsung have very different philosophies when it comes to courting smartphone customers

Samsung and Apple have long led the premium markets when it comes to smartphones — but the two companies have very different approaches when it comes to courting consumers.

As this chart by Statista shows, Samsung plasters the market with new models. It released 31 in 2016, and another 22 in 2017. Apple released just three each year.

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Box’s Aaron Levie has some hilarious advice for Dropbox’s Drew Houston on how to be CEO of a public company (BOX)

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  • The CEO of Box was gracious and funny in welcoming Dropbox, his highest-profile competitor, to the ranks of the publicly-traded tech companies.
  • But Box CEO Aaron Levie, who’s been known to smack-talk Dropbox, did have a funny bit of advice for Dropbox CEO Drew Houston: Watch out for gray hairs.

On Friday, Dropbox filed for its long-anticipated IPO  and it looks like it could be a doozy. It shows revenues of $1.1 billion and losses of $111 million — with revenue climbing and loses narrowing.

One of the first to congratulate Dropbox’s 34-year-old founder CEO Drew Houston was 32-year old Box CEO Aaron Levie, his competitor and sometimes-rival.

Levie immediately tweeted “Congrats on the filing @drewhouston and @dropbox. Go cloud!”

drew houstonThat’s a far cry from how Levie used to talk about Dropbox. When Box was a startup, he loved a little trash talking. Even in November 2015, after Box had been public for almost a year, Levie tweeted, “Any time you ever want to see what Dropbox will do next, look for what we did 3-5 years ago.” 

Now that Box’s biggest direct competitor is going public, and Levie is a more seasoned CEO, he tells Business Insider he’s not concerned about getting compared to Dropbox (even though it’s clear that he is). 

He graciously says, “It’s self evident that Dropbox and Drew produced a very strong business. It’s very efficient on a lot of key metrics, the growth rate is strong, cash generation is strong, the margin is not enterprise SaaS grade, but it’s still a strong gross margin.” SaaS refers to “software as a service,” the market for selling cloud software to deep-pocketed businesses, as opposed to apps for often-stingy consumers. 

Still, Levie says Box will still be able to woo investors after the Dropbox IPO with strengths including “average contract value, retention rates of customers and gross margin.”

Despite being about the same age and in the same industry, Levie and Houston are not close buddies. But they aren’t mortal enemies, either.

It’s worth noting, too, that Levie’s route to an IPO was more than a little bumpy. Box was bleeding money on sales and marketing, its SEC documents showed. The company timed its initial attempt at an IPO poorly, right when public investors were starting to cool on high-priced cloud companies, and started freaking out over things like cash flow.

Box wound up putting its IPO on pause for a year, improving its financials, and trying again. Investors loved the stock on the day of its debut, but instead of raising the hoped-for $300 million, Box raised $150 million in that tougher climate. 

Levy has been pushing hard to grow his company out from under the Street’s short-term and capricious financial focus ever since and, for the most part, succeeding. Box brought in just under $400 million of revenue for its fiscal 2017, and is cash-flow positive, though it’s still spending a lot on its sales and marketing.

So Levie, known as one of the funniest CEOs in the Valley, did offer a piece of friendly advice to Houston about how to prepare to be a public CEO.

“Watch out for the gray hairs. They come fast and furious. So get a good hairstylist,” he deadpanned.

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Dropbox will be the first-ever IPO out of Silicon Valley’s most important startup factory


  • On Friday, Dropbox filed its S-1, making it the first among Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator’s companies to ever file for an IPO.
  • Y Combinator accepted Dropbox founder Drew Houston’s application for Dropbox in 2007. It was the second time that Houston had applied to the program.

On Friday, file hosting service Dropbox filed its S-1, making it the first Y Combinator company to ever file for an IPO.

While the Silicon Valley-based incubator has overseen the development of several successful companies like, Airbnb, Docker, and Instacart, Dropbox will be the first within the Y Combinator program to go public.

Led by Sam Altman and founded by Paul Graham, Robert Morris, Jessica Livingston, and Trevor Blackwell in 2005, Y Combinator quickly rose to prominence as a program for young startups to gain a network of investors and advisors, in addition to seed funding, in exchange for the incubator taking an equity stake. In December, Y Combinator announced plans for a development program for later-stage startups.

Dropbox founder Drew Houston applied twice to Y Combinator before the selective incubator accepted his application in the summer of 2007. While at Y Combinator, the startup attracted interest from tech elites like Michael Moritz, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs, who famously said the startup’s core online storage offering was “a feature, not a product” and that Apple would destroy it.

The company’s last valuation was at $10 billion in 2014. The initial offering price has yet to announced. The stock will be listed on the NASDAQ under the stock ticker DBX.

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What 27 A-list celebrities looked like when they first started acting

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From Pepsi and Bubble Yum commercials to failed sitcoms and small guest roles, A-list celebrities were once struggling trying to make it in the business, just like everyone else in Hollywood.

Samuel L. Jackson didn’t jump right into award-winning movies. He was trained and started on stage. Kerry Washington was popping up in educational videos before dominating in “Scandal,” and Nicole Kidman starred in a number of small Australian films before making it in Hollywood. 

We took a look back at 27 A-list celebrities before they were the recognizable names we know today.

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Nicole Kidman’s career started with a series of small Australian films.

She made her acting debut in two different movies in 1983: “Bush Christmas” and “BMX Bandits.” The actress won an Oscar in 2003 for “The Hours” and has recently scored numerous awards for her role on “Big Little Lies.”

Tom Hanks made his film debut in the low-budget horror film “He Knows You’re Alone.”

But before he landed his first movie, Hanks’s acting career started on the stage. He also co-starred in the cross-dressing comedy, “Bosom Brothers,” for two seasons. Hanks’s first leading role was in “Splash” a few years later, and he is now a two-time Oscar winner. 

Before Jennifer Lawrence became an Academy Award-winning actress and franchise star, she started out modeling and acting in small commercials.

She earned her Screen Actors Guild card when she was 14 thanks to a promotional video for MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16.” That same year, she also appeared in a Burger King commercial as a potential girlfriend to the Whopper Jr.

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A Silicon Valley billionaire is fighting to keep a beloved beach near his $37 million estate off-limits to the public — and he’s taking his case to the Supreme Court

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The battle between tech titan Vinod Khosla and California activists is heating up.

This week, Khosla filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court to overturn a 2017 ruling that forced him to open public access to a California beach that surrounds his shorefront property.

In 2008, Khosla — who made his fortune as an investor and one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems  — paid a reported $37 million for an 89-acre parcel near Half Moon Bay, about an hour south of San Francisco. For many decades, surfers and families had enjoyed the beach, which is known for its stunning geological formations, picnic areas, and ideal surfing waves.

When Khosla closed the gate to Martins Beach in 2010, locals revolted. A California appeals court later ruled that Khosla violated state law when he blocked the public from accessing the beach and forced him to reopen it. Now he’s taking his case to the nation’s highest court.

Here’s what we know about Martins Beach.

The path to Martins Beach has long been gated. The previous owners of the shorefront property kept the gate opened and charged between $2 and $10 for parking nearby.

Surfers and sunbathers came from all over the Bay Area to visit this short stretch of the coastline. It once had a restaurant and a convenience store that catered to visitors.

“It’s a family beach that was open to the community for generations,” Angela Howe, legal director for the Surfrider Foundation, told Business Insider in 2014.

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Jennifer Lawrence says she felt empowered doing nudity in her new movie following her 2014 nude photo hack

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  • Jennifer Lawrence explained to “60 Minutes” why it was important for her to have nude scenes in her new movie, “Red Sparrow.”
  • She said she felt “empowered” to do the racy scenes following nude photos of her being leaked online in 2014 after her phone was hacked.

Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie “Red Sparrow” is a spy movie filled with violence, sex, and nudity, the latter of which the Oscar-winning actress was worried about taking on, according to her upcoming interview on Sunday for “60 Minutes.”

In 2014, Lawrence was the victim of a photo hack that led to nude photos of her being leaked online. Late last year, she said it was something that she was still processing, however, she told “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker that she ended up feeling “empowered” doing the nude scene in the movie.

“I realized that there was a difference between consent and not and I showed up for the first day and I did it and I felt empowered,” Lawrence said. “I feel like something that was taken from me I got back and am using in my art.”

In “Red Sparrow,” Lawrence plays a Russian ballerina-turned-assassin who goes through some unique training: her expertise is to use seduction and manipulation.

Business Insider has seen the movie, and Lawrence is involved in a few sexually graphic scenes and in one scene she gets fully undressed for a training scene in which she uses her sexuality to intimidate a man.

In the interview, she also discussed dropping out of middle school. “I wanted to forge my own path,” she said. “I found what I wanted to do and I didn’t want anything getting in the way of it.”

Lawrence’s “60 Minutes” interview will air on Sunday at 7 p.m. EST. “Red Sparrow” opens in theaters on March 2.



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Here are all 15 young actors who play the main character in teen movie ‘Every Day’

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Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Every Day.”

“Every Day” is a new rom-com that explores the idea of loving a person based purely on their inner being and not their exterior body. The two characters who fall in love are Rhiannon and “A” — a mysterious soul who wakes up in a different person’s body each day. 

“A” appears as 15 different people over the course of “Every Day.” Let’s take a closer look at each of the actors who play “A” and their importance in the movie. 

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We first see “A” wake up in the body of Justin.

Justin is a high school jock who is dating Rhiannon — and takes her for granted. “A” winds up playing hooky with Rhiannon for the day and taking her to the aquarium and beach. “A” seems to know that something is different about this day. 

“A” wakes up the next day inside Amy.

“A” decides they want to see Rhiannon again, so they take Amy to her high school and poses as a new student. “A”/Amy shadows Rhiannon in class for the day. 

Once again, “A” wakes up on a mission to find Rhiannon again. This time they’re in Nathan’s body.

“A” takes Nathan’s body to a house party where they flirt with Rhiannon. Nathan is a religious young man who thinks he’s been possessed by the Devil when he wakes up in a van by the side of the road the next day. 

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Dropbox has filed for an IPO

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The file sharing unicorn Dropbox filed its S-1 on Friday, which means one of the most anticipated IPOs in tech is well on its way.

Here’s what we know:

  • Dropbox will list on NASDAQ under the stock ticker DBX.
  • Dropbox was valued at $10 billion last time it raised venture capital. 
  • Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan are leading the IPO.
  • Dropbox had $1.1 billion in revenue in 2017, and losses of $111.7 million. 
  • It had $305 million in positive free cash flow in 2017.

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‘Black Panther’ star Michael B. Jordan masterfully shut down a hater who mocked the actor for living with his parents

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  • Michael B. Jordan has been getting more attention thanks to his role in “Black Panther,” but one Internet troll tried to criticize him. 
  • The Twitter user pointed out Jordan’s height, his love for anime, and the fact that he shares a house with his parents. 
  • Jordan saw the tweet and was quick to shut down the hater and clarify his assumptions. 
  • Chrissy Teigen also stepped in to add her thoughts on Twitter.


“Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan has become more recognized since the Marvel movie hit theaters, but one Internet hater tried to criticize him — and he had the perfect response.

It started when a Twitter user pointed out that Jordan lives with his parents, loves anime, and is only 5-feet, 9-inches tall. He added that he was told those things are “unacceptable.”


The comment didn’t go unnoticed by the actor, who quoted the tweet and expertly fired back. According to Jordan, he is actually 6-feet-tall. In regards to his parents sharing a home with him, Jordan said that “they live with ME.”

25 actors who completely transformed themselves into real-life music legends

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Musical legends have been brought to the big screen for decades, in biopics that range from transformative to mediocre. Finding actors who can accurately portray those artists often requires some musical training, studying of mannerisms, and physical transformations.

While some roles merely require learning some choreography and slight makeup, others are more intensive, like Jamie Foxx having his eyes glued shut to portray blind musician Ray Charles.

Here are 25 of the most notable transformations.

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Jason Mitchell transformed into Eazy-E for “Straight Outta Compton.”

Mitchell’s transformation into the late N.W.A rapper Eazy-E for “Straight Outta Compton” blew critics away. The actor “consistently out-acts the rest of the performers,” a New York Times review said. Mitchell, who has a similarly built frame to Eazy-E, gained weight, practiced a South Los Angeles accent, and learned how to rap for the role, according to the Los Angeles Times. Corey Hawkins became Dr. Dre and O’Shea Jackson Jr. transformed into his father, Ice Cube, for the film.

Tom Hiddleston played Hank Williams in “I Saw the Light.”

English actor Hiddleston transformed into the folk singer, Southern drawl and all, for “I Saw the Light.” Hiddleston stayed with singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell for five weeks and was coached in Williams’ mannerisms and singing style.

Kristen Stewart became rocker Joan Jett for “The Runaways.”

Jett and Stewart met before the movie was filmed so Stewart could learn about the rock star from the musician herself.

“The thing that came through to me was that it was important to her to capture it,” Jett told Interview Magazine. “She really wanted to nail it, so I gave her all The Runaways music that I could find; I gave her tapes of me talking…And she really soaked it in. When we were hanging out together on set, it was like I had a mirror image. Even just sitting around, we’d do the same thing at the same time.”

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