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Meet Brent Heeringa

It’s been just over a year since Brent Heeringa’s password-protection software company, Valt, became Dropbox Passwords—a year of growth, hard work, and new product offerings.

Valt joined the Dropbox family last year because they shared the same belief that the tools like password managers could be secure, intuitive, well-designed, and easy-to-use. “We had an opportunity to build great products and reach more people than we could have imagined,” Heeringa said. “We wanted to bring the Valt experience to its more than 600M+ users.”

Entrepreneur Stories

Meet Brent Heeringa

It’s been just over a year since Brent Heeringa’s password-protection software company, Valt, became Dropbox Passwords—a year of growth, hard work, and new product offerings.

Valt joined the Dropbox family last year because they shared the same belief that the tools like password managers could be secure, intuitive, well-designed, and easy-to-use. “We had an opportunity to build great products and reach more people than we could have imagined,” Heeringa said. “We wanted to bring the Valt experience to its more than 600M+ users.”

Heeringa’s team first worked on converting Valt to sync via Dropbox. Starting with the existing Valt app, the team “reskinned” everything to reflect the Dropbox brand. Valt was sunsetted by the end of 2019 and replaced with Dropbox Passwords, which is available with a Dropbox Plus subscription.  

“My team grew from 5 to 10 over ten months,” Heeringa said. “It was a massive undertaking, but we hit the deadline.” 

The former Valt team also helped launch two other products, Dropbox Vault, which helps users safely store personal information online, and Dropbox Backup, which automatically syncs folders and files to the cloud. 

Now, there are 15 people working on Dropbox Passwords, including 11 engineers managed by Heeringa, and two product managers. The employees were working remotely before the pandemic; Dropbox was one of the first companies to go totally remote after the COVID-19 pandemic began. In October, the company adopted a “virtual-first” policy, where remote work is the primary experience for employees. Heeringa is still living in the Berkshires, and would regularly travel to Dropbox’s offices in San Francisco, Seattle, and New York for meetings before the pandemic. 

Lever was an early supporter of Heeringa’s brainchild, investing in the product and the team, working with him to refine his pitch (he won the FreshTracks Capital Vermont Road Pitch Finals in 2017) and helping him build a network and raise capital. 

“The power of Lever is that they have a strong network built out in the Berkshires,” Heeringa said. “If you’re trying to start a company here, they have the best network to get people going. If you can tap into that, it’s a great way to jumpstart. We started by getting small investments from a bunch of local people, and we were able to do that because of the help of Lever.” 

Looking back at the past year, Heeringa has one overwhelming feeling: Gratitude. “I think we’re incredibly lucky, and I’m incredibly grateful for all of this, for the acquisition,” he said. “I think the timing of it was kismet.

Heeringa’s team first worked on converting Valt to sync via Dropbox. Starting with the existing Valt app, the team “reskinned” everything to reflect the Dropbox brand. Valt was sunsetted by the end of 2019 and replaced with Dropbox Passwords, which is available with a Dropbox Plus subscription.  

“My team grew from 5 to 10 over ten months,” Heeringa said. “It was a massive undertaking, but we hit the deadline.” 

The former Valt team also helped launch two other products, Dropbox Vault, which helps users safely store personal information online, and Dropbox Backup, which automatically syncs folders and files to the cloud. 

Now, there are 15 people working on Dropbox Passwords, including 11 engineers managed by Heeringa, and two product managers. The employees were working remotely before the pandemic; Dropbox was one of the first companies to go totally remote after the COVID-19 pandemic began. In October, the company adopted a “virtual-first” policy, where remote work is the primary experience for employees. Heeringa is still living in the Berkshires, and would regularly travel to Dropbox’s offices in San Francisco, Seattle, and New York for meetings before the pandemic. 

Lever was an early supporter of Heeringa’s brainchild, investing in the product and the team, working with him to refine his pitch (he won the FreshTracks Capital Vermont Road Pitch Finals in 2017) and helping him build a network and raise capital. 

“The power of Lever is that they have a strong network built out in the Berkshires,” Heeringa said. “If you’re trying to start a company here, they have the best network to get people going. If you can tap into that, it’s a great way to jumpstart. We started by getting small investments from a bunch of local people, and we were able to do that because of the help of Lever.” 

Looking back at the past year, Heeringa has one overwhelming feeling: Gratitude. “I think we’re incredibly lucky, and I’m incredibly grateful for all of this, for the acquisition,” he said. “I think the timing of it was kismet.”

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