Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reacts to the delegates as she arrives to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
While many announced Dropbox's new Carousel, or storage application for photos, others may have overlooked that Dropbox also named former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors.
As it turns out, Dropbox had used Rice's consulting business, RiceHadleyGates, on "management issues," according to Bloomberg News. However, Dropbox felt Rice would be a good addition to the team especially about privacy issues in the age of NSA spying.
“As a country, we are having a great national conversation and debate about exactly how to manage privacy concerns,” Rice told Bloomberg about her new position. “I look forward to helping Dropbox navigate it.”
Rice will be only one of four directors who will oversee the startup, so her position is one with a lot of clout. She is also expected to advise in international expansion.
While Dropbox has yet to file for its initial public offering, it's becoming increasingly difficult for the public (and possible investors) to ignore. Hiring a high-profile member to its board, as well as adding new apps to its features, will continue to keep people talking about it.