Inkblot: Box CEO Aaron Levie

By Mark Milian - 2013-05-14T19:09:16Z

Photograph by LM Otero/AP Photo

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'Made This All Possible'

Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner who made his fortune by selling his Internet company to Yahoo, made a $350,000 investment in Box to kick off the company, Levie said.

"He is the reason we dropped out of college," he said.

But the Box founders and Cuban soon argued about the direction of the company, and the young entrepreneurs ended up buying out the billionaire in 2006. At the time, Cuban did not subscribe to the idea of giving away services in the hopes that users would pay for more features later, Levie said.