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1 0 0 0 0zM16. 5 0 10 0s10 4. A vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. Go to the search page. Divide cofounders Alexander Trewby, Andrew Toy and David Zhu outside of Google’s Mountain View headquarters. New York exits of 2014. One-third of the company’s 70 employees became millionaires.
And the founders are leading Google’s Android enterprise group. CEO, Andrew Toy, age 36. Divide is a mobile productivity app that allows employees to carry one device instead of two to work. Once downloaded, the app splits a phone into two modes: work, which can be controlled and monitored by a corporate IT department, and personal, which IT departments don’t have access to, for regular enjoyment.
120 million acquisition slip through the cracks? Google is characteristically secretive, enforcing strict NDAs during acquisitions. 55 billion company’s bottom line. Enterprise startups are also largely ignored by the press, which favors buzzy consumer apps like Uber. So wildly successful exits like Divide’s sometimes fly under the radar. 100 million in 2012, but that amount has never been reported either. Google declined to let Business Insider speak with Toy about Divide or the acquisition.
Instead, we spoke with other Divide insiders, as well as friends and family members of Toy. They helped us piece together the story of how first-time founders built a massive enterprise startup that became one of the largest, and quietest, New York City tech exits of the year. Andrew Toy was born in Hong Kong, but he has an accent that’s hard to place. It’s British, with a slight Australian twang. His father moved from Australia to China before Toy was born, to become an architect, and the Toys joined a largely British expatriate community there. It felt odd to Toy and his siblings, who looked Chinese like their father, that they were a minority in their Hong Kong school. We were always aware we stood out and were different, and that stuck with us,” Andrew’s younger brother, Chris, tells Business Insider.