Maya Toda on helping Japanese construction companies work better

Oct 23 · 3 min read
Maya Toda

Q: What is your name, what office do you work out of, and how long have you been at Dropbox?

A: My name is Maya Toda, and I joined Dropbox a year ago at the end of August 2018.

Q: What is your current role at Dropbox?

A: I work in sales. At Dropbox Tokyo, each industry that we serve has its own sales department, and I oversee the construction industry. I suggest ways in which our customers (who construct buildings, dig tunnels, build roads, etc.) can improve their operations using Dropbox. This is all done alongside the pre-sales team.

Q: What do you do to work better and help the world work better?

A: I share information across departments, with inside sales, pre-sales, and marketing, not only in Japan but also in England, Australia, and other locations. I am continually proposing and receiving ideas on new sales methods and putting them into practice.

Our track record in the Japanese construction industry is growing steadily. I talk directly with our customers, so I have a handle on ROI numbers and other indicators of how Dropbox helps improve productivity. I think we can improve overall productivity in the construction industry worldwide by rolling out these efforts globally.

At the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Argentina

Q: Why did you decide to join Dropbox?

A: There were three reasons behind my decision to join Dropbox. First, I was seeking to offer cloud services, because everything is moving to the cloud these days. Second, I wanted to sell services that could be offered to various departments (with the possibility of company-wide implementation), and not just to information systems divisions. And third, I was interested in collaborating with international companies where I would be able to do business while sharing ideas with people from different countries.

Q: What surprised you most about Dropbox when you joined?

A: In my mind, international companies are cut-throat places, so I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly everyone is here at Dropbox.

At the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

Q: Anything that you have done/accomplished at Dropbox that you’re proud of?

A: For the last three quarters, my team has achieved, on average, 250% of our sales target (full ramp). In that time, I’ve also prepared two publishable case studies, and I ran a seminar that attracted a large number of attendees.

Q: What does enlightened ways of working mean to you?

A: To me, it means enriching my life.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: My hobby is international travel. This year, I traveled to see the glaciers in Argentina.

At Trolltunga in Norway

Q: Are there any accomplishments you’re proud of outside of work?

A: I’ve traveled to approximately 30 countries by myself. I like destinations that are less frequented by other travelers, like Iran or Zimbabwe, for example.

Q: What is something interesting that you’ve learned while traveling?

A: People have a negative view of Iran, but I find that they’re actually very friendly toward travelers. Iranian people helped me out many times during my trip. The country also has a reputation for being dangerous, but in my experience Iranian inhabitants enjoy life; they often have family activities on weekends, for example.

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