Welcome Guido!

Posted by Drew Houston on December 07, 2012



Today we’re excited to welcome a new member of the Dropbox family under unusual circumstances. Though he’s joining us now, his contributions to Dropbox date back to day one, all the way to the very first lines of code.

Some people only need to be introduced by their first name, and the BDFL is one of them. Dropbox is thrilled to welcome Guido, the creator of the Python programming language and a long-time friend of ours.

From the beginning, it was clear that Dropbox had to support every major operating system. Historically, doing so presented a serious challenge for developers: because each platform required different development tools and programming languages, developers had to write the same code multiple times.

We didn’t have time for that, and fortunately Python came to the rescue. Several years earlier, Python became my favorite programming language because it had a balance of simplicity, flexibility, and elegance. These qualities of Python, and the community’s work to support every major platform, let us write the code just once before running it everywhere. They have also influenced our greater design philosophy at Dropbox as we set out to build a simple product that brings your life together.

It’s been five years since our first prototype was saved as dropbox.py, and Guido and the Python community have been crucial in helping us solve interesting challenges for more than 100 million people.

So we welcome Guido to Dropbox with admiration and gratitude. Guido inspires all of us and has played a critical part in how Dropbox ties together the products, devices and services in your life. We’re delighted to have him as part of the team.

  • http://emptysquare.net/ A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

    This is huge.

  • http://twitter.com/mentat_enki Scott Ziegler

    Nobody expects the Dutch Acquisition!

    • Mike

      Many expect the Dropbox Acquisition though ;)

  • _JF

    Nice to read this, long life to Dropbox and Guido, and of course, to beloved Python :)

  • Graemeandcarol

    How will this benefit users in the long run? And, if you can answer this, how can a Scotsman in Scotland work for you…in Canada (BC)

    • Jeff

      Actually Guido lives in California according to the Wiki. But once you become a programming rockstar like Guido it probably does not matter where you live. Picture him as the master chef in a kitchen.

      • Ronald Oldenburger

        Actually Guido isn’t a Scotsman, he’s a Dutchman.

  • Felipe Reyes


    • Chieutimcp


  • http://www.benjaminlang.com/ Ben Lang

    Congrats! Amazing news.

  • http://twitter.com/geekforbrains Gavin Vickery

    Awesome news! Guido will undoubtedly bring some major innovation to the team. Couldn’t be more excited.

  • Michelle Glauser

    Wow, this is the news of the day at Hackbright . . . well, after the fact that we are all graduating as developers today!

    • http://twitter.com/relsqui Fizz

      Congrats! :)

  • http://twitter.com/jimleszczynski Jim Leszczynski

    It will be exciting to see how this helps dropbox progress!

  • Wyn Williams

    W000 T !!!!

  • Eduardo Tenorio

    “… Python became my favorite programming language because it had a balance of simplicity, flexibility, and elegance.”

    That’s the feeling I was trying to put in words, when describing Python.

  • Jessica Ross

    You lucky sons of guns!

  • http://twitter.com/Kingfox Russell Sprague

    Congratulations to both you and Guido on this big news!

  • http://mohni.sh/ Mohnish Thallavajhula

    Alright, this is so awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/JoseDiazSeng José Diaz Seng

    Wow, amazing, I have big admiration for Guido (although I am a Perl guy :-) and I love DropBox. I am really excited to see what comes out of this!

  • http://twitter.com/JoseDiazSeng José Diaz Seng

    Wow, amazing. I have big admiration for Guido, even being a Perl guy myself :) and I love DropBox. I am excited to see what this team will create!

  • http://www.dangayle.com/ Dan Gayle

    Doesn’t Guido work for Google?

    • http://twitter.com/mentat_enki Scott Ziegler

      correction: Didn’t Guido work for Google?

      yes. past-tense.

      • A Googler

        His account at Google is still active, as of 15:14PM.

        • http://geekyogi.tumblr.com/ Om Shankar

          My Account at Google is still Active. I work at Adobe, though. :)

  • http://twitter.com/ssapkota Suraj Freeman

    I am excited to see the blend of my favs, Guido, Python and the Dropbox. Amaze us!

  • Aia


  • Stelg Bestuur

    Guido heel veel succes bij Dropbox. Geweldig nieuws dat je vanwege de creatie van Python hier mag beginnen. Een BFFL. of te wel een Benevolent Fanfor Life (BFFL)

  • Robin Dunn

    Awesome! Congrats to Guido for joining Dropbox, and congrats to Dropbox for snagging Guido! :-)

  • http://profiles.google.com/michael.sander Michael Sander

    Good for dropbox, sad for google app engine

    • Fraser Rackham

      Ah, didn’t think of that! Still, python and dropbox are two techs I can’t do without, so I’m hoping for good things to come :)

    • Antonín Slejška

      Google has decided for Dart in long term. May be it is the reason, why Guido moved to Dropbox.

  • http://www.theroadtosiliconvalley.com/ Ernest Semerda

    Congrats Dropbox and Guido! I hope this strengthens Python in every way and brings about new kickass language additions all while making the Dropbox product/service even more awesome!!

  • Hoasq

    Great news… but what is Guido going to be doing over.. what’s his role?

    • http://twitter.com/alebairos Alexandre Bairos

      BDFL with a Dropbox TM

  • http://twitter.com/skyzzzzz Joel Shim

    Wow!! Congratulations~

  • Test_imlyj


  • Andrew Morris


  • Iuliancristiancoman

    Good nice

  • Lbingqiu


  • Wakemecn


  • http://www.freegroup.org/ Pseric

    Guido 從 Google 跳槽到 Dropbox,又將為 Dropbox 注入新活力了!

  • Feng Jie


    • Feng Jie


  • Nomad

    Welcome, Ruby!

    • Jimbo P. Jones

      Welcome, Haskell!

  • Cloga0216

    Guido G+评论被关闭了

  • Joy Kemper- van Rossum

    Leuk om te horen Guido.
    Je trotse tante Joy

  • Vivi Uhlig

    Bem vindo!!!

  • http://joaomagalhaes.eu João Magalhães

    Big news for Dropbox, congratulations and good luck for Guido

  • http://bgeron.nl/ Bram Geron

    Ik wens je veel plezier en een inspirerende tijd bij Dropbox!

  • Pattanan Jumbo


  • http://twitter.com/jakubjarosz Jakub Jarosz

    awesome news! congratulations and all the best in the future!

  • Yun

    re 顶一下,早该离开google了

    • ane92


      • Friddle


  • Hamid Rouhi

    print “Hello, Guido!”

    • Rafales

      print(“Hello, Guido!”)

      • Niyog Ray

        Hamid’s solution actually works, Rafales.

        • http://profiles.google.com/albertas.agejevas Albertas Agejevas

          Not in Python 3.

          • http://www.facebook.com/TerryJCarroll Terry Carroll

            Someone actually uses Python 3?

          • sdfe

            The stubborn get left behind with old habits
            The tenacious dances in time with progression.

            Why code anything new in Python2!,
            Python 3 is the way to be

          • Craig

            They’re both crap. Updating old code to use Python 3 isn’t worth the effort.

      • http://qqta.org/ Diavolo

        #!/usr/bin/env python3
        print(“Hello, Guido!n”)

      • Craig

        Either is valid in Lua. Lua wins.

  • Rami Tayba


  • Gabriel Jaldon

    Wow, to have Guido in Dropbox says a lot about how far Dropbox has gone. :-)

  • Melissa Smith

    Amazing! Big news and obviously an even bigger future! Congrats to both Dropbox and Guido!

  • http://alan.360looks.com/ Alan K Fadliawan

    Wow, this is awesome news!

  • Chinanduku


  • Jiayi Zhou

    What a wonderful news. My favorite language is Python. My favorite cloud service is Dropbox.

  • Chandler Caulkins

    Dropbox and Python – quem diria, ein? Now that a Guido can be placed with a language, maybe I can begin to understand the possibilities that Db presents to reptiles in general such as Gekko…

    • Timtam

      … eh??

      • Blurby

        I second that…

  • http://www.lelala.de/ Lelala

    Thumbs up, guys. Really done very well :-)

  • Ali Oğuzhan Yıldız

    woaw , i didn’t know that dropbox has written in Python.

  • Boush Li


  • Tony Li

    is there any function coming to Disqus that help translation? wouldn’t that be great~

  • Morrislin1114


  • Fasih Ahmad Fakhri

    Legend (GvR) is coming, start seeding.

  • http://twitter.com/dwightwalker Dwight Walker

    very good news that dropbox is heavily into Python – this will make it easier to integrate into Linux that I use

    • Craig

      da fuq has Python got to do with Linux?

  • http://twitter.com/sarat Sarath C

    The right investment on right technology and people. Great going!

  • Yifanes


  • gotogoto

    awesome. congrats!!

  • http://twitter.com/limitsios Indiana George

    That’s great! Congats!

  • numerikgh
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  • PraZe HD

    can everyone plz quit saying wow its getting very annoying congrats to u though GGuido