SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - April 18, 2011 - Dropbox, a free service that lets people bring their documents, photos and videos anywhere and share them easily, announced today that more than 25 million people have joined Dropbox and are using it to save more than 200 million files every day. These files are available from any computer, smartphone or iPad.
The company also announced the immediate availability of the Dropbox service in Spanish, German, French and Japanese. People around the world are using Dropbox to share pictures with family, write papers for school, tackle projects with teammates and even coordinate disaster relief. Dropbox has paying customers in more than 175 countries and more than half of Dropbox users live outside the U.S. With this first set of translations, millions more will to be able to enjoy Dropbox in their native language and share with family and friends.
"Dropbox transforms the way people create and share their life's work," said Drew Houston, CEO and co-founder of Dropbox. "Whether that's designing buildings, writing music, or raising a family, we're focused on making it effortless to have your files wherever you need them, on any computer or phone. With this first step, we're excited to reach new people around the world and delight them with all the ways Dropbox can simplify their lives."
"Computers should make your life easier, not harder," said Arash Ferdowsi, CTO and co-founder of Dropbox. "We've spent hours sweating every tiny detail of Dropbox so you never have to think about it - it just works. Flawlessly synchronizing thousands of files per second across every operating system and mobile phone platform is an enormous technical challenge. We've built an incredible team to do this at a global scale."
Beginning today, any person visiting www.dropbox.com from a web browser with Spanish, German, French or Japanese language preferences will automatically see the website in their native language. The Dropbox desktop software (Windows, Mac and Linux), mobile apps (iPhone and Android) and sharing notifications will also display in the user's preferred language. For more details on Dropbox language support, visit the Dropbox tech blog.
Dropbox makes all your files available to you from any computer or phone. It's as easy as adding any doc, photo or video to your Dropbox folder. You can start working at the office and finish from home without ever needing to think about where your files are - they are always with you.
Joining Dropbox is easy: installing the software (free for Windows, Mac and Linux) creates a special folder on your computer. Anything you add to this Dropbox folder will automatically save to all your computers and to the Dropbox website. You can also invite people to share any folder in your Dropbox, which makes Dropbox perfect for team projects or sharing photos with family or friends - it will be as if you are saving straight to their desktop. The Dropbox mobile apps (free for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry) let you take your life on the road. And because Dropbox preserves earlier versions of your work, you can go back in time to fix mistakes or even undelete files.
Dropbox offers 2GB of space for free, enough for thousands of documents or hundreds of large photos, and you can easily upgrade to a Pro account with up to 100GB.
Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. Frustrated by working from multiple computers, Drew was inspired to create a service that would let people bring all their files anywhere, with no need to email around attachments. Drew created a demo of Dropbox and showed it to fellow MIT student Arash Ferdowsi, who dropped out with only one semester left to help make Dropbox a reality. Guiding their decisions was a relentless focus on crafting a simple and reliable experience across every computer and phone. Drew and Arash moved to San Francisco in fall 2007, secured seed funding from Y Combinator, and set about building a world-class engineering team. In fall 2008, Sequoia Capital led a $7.2M Series A with Accel Partners to help bring Dropbox to people everywhere.
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Dropbox simplifies millions of people's lives by letting them bring their docs, photos and videos anywhere and share them easily. The service is free for up to 2 GB of space and can be upgraded to 50 or 100GB. More than 25 million users in 175 countries are saving 200 million files on Dropbox every day. Dropbox was founded in San Francisco in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi and has raised $7.2M from Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners and Y Combinator.