Dropbox Inc. unveiled tools for scanning documents using a smartphone camera and for creating new Microsoft Office documents with the click of a button, as the file-storage company pushes into new parts of the corporate cloud-services market... Dropbox is trying to expand from file-syncing and sharing into the far larger market of cloud-based collaboration.
Dropbox, once one of Silicon Valley’s fastest-growing consumer tech companies, has shifted its focus fully towards business customers with a new set of tools for workers — in the latest sign that start-ups are seeking more sustainable business models... This new move to turn Dropbox into an online productivity tool for workers comes shortly after the company said it had become free cash flow positive — an important financial milestone that means it does not consume cash apart from spending on capital investment.
On Wednesday, the company announced a number of updates to Dropbox for Business based on that user research. The new features and services are designed to help teams be more collaborative and, consequently, more productive. "People have more ways than ever to create and capture information," says Cristen Torrey, head of design research at Dropbox. "We’ve seen the hoops that people jump through just to do something as simple as turn a piece of paper, like a receipt or owner’s manual, into something that they can archive and share."
Dropbox just dumped a ton of new productivity features on users of its file storage and collaboration service that are all aimed at making it easier for people to get work done within its applications. Updates to the Dropbox app for iOS allow users to scan documents directly into the cloud storage service, and get started with creating Microsoft Office files from that app as well. These launches mean that Dropbox will be more valuable to people as a productivity service, and not just a folder to hold files.
Drew Houston, Dropbox's chief executive officer, now declares that we're "entering the post-unicorn era." Unicorn startups, those valued at $1 billion or more, will need to focus on creating healthier businesses as venture capital and other sources of private-market funds dry up, he said Tuesday onstage at the Bloomberg Technology Conference in San Francisco... Houston said Dropbox is free-cash-flow positive but not yet profitable.
Dropbox CEO Drew Houston discusses the company's IPO plans and his outlook for the future. He speaks with Emily Chang at the Bloomberg Technology Conference in San Francisco on "Bloomberg Markets."
It’s been two years since Dropbox, which is backed top venture firms including Sequoia and Benchmark, has raised a private fundraising round. But Houston insists that despite negative publicity surrounding the company’s finances, they have enough money in the bank to stick around. Houston claimed that Dropbox has been cash flow positive, emphasizing that this milestone for a business “means you control your destiny. Instead of being funded by your investors, you’re funded by your customers.”
Dropbox has revealed collaborative technologies are making employees happier in the workplace, whether or not they have the ability to work from home. Of the 710 UK decision makers and information workers surveyed, 81 per cent of those already using collaboration tools in a flexible working environment are happy in their job, while this dropped to 67 per cent for employees who are able to work from home, but don't have access to collaboration tools.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. and Dropbox Inc., two prominent companies operating in separate spheres of computing, are teaming up to help each other expand their business. The companies disclosed on Tuesday that HP Enterprise was the hardware supplier behind a shift in Dropbox’s technology strategy. HP Enterprise modified some of its standard computers to help Dropbox store customer data in its own facilities, part of a more than two-year effort to end the file-sharing service’s reliance on Amazon Web Services by moving the data in-house.
Dropbox has announced the appointment of Philip Lacor, who will act as the new VP for EMEA Sales, based out of the Dublin office. The company has been making notable efforts in recent months to increase its presence in the European market, capitalizing on free-user growth in the region. Aside from Lacor’s appointment, Dropbox has opened offices in Hamburg, Dublin, London, Paris and Amsterdam, as well offering localized payment models in 12 European countries to increase the number of upgrades to the paid-for services.
Global Vice President of Revenue for Dropbox Thomas Hansen, discusses the battle for cloud storage.
Over the last two-and-a-half years, Dropbox has been migrating its customers' files off the Amazon cloud. The files have moved from an Amazon data center to one of two storage centers run by Dropbox. The San Francisco-based company had been running on Amazon Web Services Simple Storage System since it was founded in 2007. It had 500 million customers and 500 petabytes of data by the time it started the migration. Dropbox needed to pay particular attention to the way it was going to provide the storage networking that would serve all those customers.
When Dropbox finally finished its two-and-a-half-year-long "Magic Pocket" project in October of 2015, the team paused for a quick champagne toast. And then it was right back to work. Over those two-plus years, Dropbox had designed and built its own storage systems - codenamed Diskotech (get it?) - and moved 500 petabytes (that's 500 million gigabytes) of stored data from the $8 billion Amazon Web Services cloud into its own data centers.
Since former Microsoft sales exec Thomas Hansen joined Dropbox last July to lead global sales and partnership strategy, his team has been busy. Last fall it inked a series of international distribution deals—including a corporate sales arrangement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE -2.78% —and moved even closer to several influential business software companies that could help make its cloud file-sharing service more attractive to businesses. As of Wednesday, it is adding another big name, IBM to the ranks of its closest allies. IBM is now officially a Dropbox Premier Partner, along with the likes of Adobe, Dell, DocuSign, Microsoft, Salesforce, and VMware.
The company has rolled out Dropbox to 25,000 users and before rolling it out, says [CIO Dominic] Shine, “7,000 business users had brought their personal Dropbox accounts to work and were starting to use Dropbox for work purposes”... Shine says it is far better to embrace the technology that employees are already using and put the necessary information security measures around it. For Shine, IT needs to be open-minded about shadow IT.
For the past three years, Dropbox has been working on a project to migrate its file storage from Amazon Web Services to its own custom built infrastructure. Magic Pocket is the name of Dropbox’s new infrastructure layer, and it gives Dropbox more control and improved economics. James Cowling leads the storage team at Dropbox. On today’s episode, James takes us into the architecture of Dropbox and explains how the team moved all of the user file storage from Amazon S3 to Dropbox’s Magic Pocket infrastructure.
Todd Jackson has been a part of product organizations across some of the best companies in the Valley, from Google to Facebook to Twitter, after it acquired his own startup, Cover. Now VP of Product and Design at Dropbox, he’s worked with hundreds of product managers — and hired dozens — over the course of his career... In this interview, Jackson explains how startups can define the type of PMs they need, source candidates, ask the right interview questions — and, perhaps most importantly, convince them to come work for you.
Dropbox launched a new service on Tuesday to help graduate students, college faculty and staff collaborate on files while they’re at school. Schools can now pay $50 per user, per year for Dropbox Education, a version of the cloud storage company’s premium offering for organizations that’s tailored to the cost-sensitive education market. Dropbox is trying to sell more paid services, but its offerings have been aimed primarily at businesses. Dropbox Education will cost much less than the company's business plans, which typically run from $150 to $300 per user, per month.
Cloud file syncing and sharing service Dropbox today is announcing the launch of Dropbox Education, a version of the service tailored to educational institutions. The offering is similar to the Dropbox Business tier of service in many respects, although there are a few differences. Dropbox Education will cost $49 per user per year, and volume discounts are available, Dropbox Education director of education Jason Katcher wrote in a blog post.
Dropbox, the cloud-storage company, has made a new assault on the business market with products for companies looking to shed old expensive IT equipment and bring the ease of consumer technology to the office. Dennis Woodside, chief operating officer of Dropbox, said the company, which is adding ten million new users a month, is infiltrating the office as workers use personal accounts for work purposes... The company has launched Project Infinite, which enables a business to move all of its data to Dropbox’s servers and give employees access from their desktops.
In a high-profile appointment, Dropbox said it has added Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Jacobs to its board. The addition is an important one for the San Francisco-based file storage and sharing company, which has been under pressure as competition from huge rivals such as Google and Amazon has increased, even as its valuation has decreased. Dropbox CEO Drew Houston touched on the need to have some additional experience in battling big companies.
Dropbox believes that making its cloud platform as easy to use as possible will help it sign up more European businesses as customers. The company held its first European customer event in London this week and claims that since it opened its office in the capital 18 months ago, business has grown tenfold. In three weeks’ time, it will move to larger premises to accommodate the growth.
Expedia supports global workforce collaboration for 18,000 users with Dropbox cloud file storage, eyes Project Infinite
Up until nine months ago, approximately 10,000 Expedia staff had been using Dropbox on an individual basis to share files. Speaking at Dropbox Open in London yesterday, Chris Burgess, VP of IT at Expedia, said that the company has now completed the deployment of Dropbox Business for its entire workforce. Burgess moved these 10,000 accounts over “seamlessly”, enabling central management of accounts by IT staff. "We have offices around the world and employees collaborating, so they work closely together across locations and use tools like Dropbox to simplify that very easily," said Burgess.
Today at the Dropbox Open conference in London, the company announced Project Infinite with the goal of giving business customers local access to files no matter where they live — in the cloud, on network drives or local drives. In practice, this means when you open Windows Explorer or OSX Finder, you will have access to all of your Dropbox files without having to store them on your drive... We’ll just have to wait for GA for more definitive answers to those questions. In the meantime, Dropbox has solved a big cloud storage problem, and it’s about time.
Dropbox has a futuristic vision for how its users will be able to share massive files and have quick access to them on their computers, without their hard drives overflowing. The cloud storage company announced a new initiative at its Open conference in London on Tuesday called Project Infinite. It's a push to create a new Dropbox interface that allows users to see all of the files they've stored in the cloud in their computer's file explorer without requiring them to keep local copies of each document, image, spreadsheet or other file.
North Carolina's Davidson College has chosen to implement Dropbox as its collaboration platform to replace its legacy on-premise solution and reduce costs. The college decided to roadtest Dropbox, Box for Higher Education, Google Drive for Education, and Microsoft OneDrive in order to find the solution most suitable for staff and students and most cost-effective for the education establishment's budget. To test the four services, the college's IT department uploaded a 112GB file set to each service to see how they performed. According to the tests, Dropbox was the only service that actually completed the upload and managed to do so in hours. The other three services cancelled it after trying for five days.
"Patient security is a top concern, which is why we decided to use Dropbox to distribute the samples as the service supports HIPAA compliance. This was especially important to the NIH, who fully supports our virtual workflow system and use of Dropbox once they saw the time and cost savings it helps us achieve." – Dr. Marc E. Rothenberg, MD, PhD, director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and principal investigator at the Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers (CEGIR).
In fact, Dropbox’s newfound positioning as a tool for media professionals comes at a time when the company is rapidly expanding its enterprise presence as a whole, adding as many as 25,000 new business users per quarter. On a higher level, the enterprise collaboration market is forecast to grow from $47.3 billion in 2014 to $70.61 billion in 2019, and will likely see particular growth in creative industries as collaborative teams grow in both influence and size.
Dropbox has launched a new feature that allows you to share photos, videos, and other files directly with people you’re chatting with on Facebook Messenger. The feature is available within Messenger’s iOS and Android apps, and you can either share directly through the messaging app or right from Dropbox.
Ingram Micro channel partners in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand can now offer Dropbox file sharing and collaboration services as Ingram Micro has expanded its distribution agreement with Dropbox... In addition, Ingram Micro channel partners in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands are now able to purchase, provision, configure, and manage Dropbox through a single automated portal with its availability in the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.
Y Combinator president Sam Altman and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston discuss if Dropbox can live up to its $10 billion valuation with Emily Chang on “Bloomberg West.”
Dropbox has joined forces with and Perth based producer, photographer and fashion collaborator Ta-Ku to present a week long creative residency in Sydney designed to showcase how technology is redefining the way artists collaborate and create... “Over the past few years I’ve been lucky to connect with inspiring artists from across the world, often while working very remotely from my home in Perth. Technology such as Dropbox has fundamentally redefined the way I work and has made worldly collaboration possible,” he says.
As digital technology moved into the mainstream, [Brandt Companies] turned to Dropbox Business to provide a framework for file sharing—but also to take the company's workflows to a more advanced state... The results have been nothing short of remarkable. Faster technician turnaround times with clients along with improvements in internal workflows have saved Brandt more than $400,000 a year. This translates into a return on investment approaching 300 percent over three years.
San Francisco’s Mission District is where techies and tenants may have found themselves at odds. But at Mission High School, tech leaders are talking to the kids about forming their own tech companies... The founders of Dropbox are sharing their own stories of success and failure, and, perhaps on the side, scouting out some potential talent.
Dropbox essentially kept the same user experience on the client side, but shifted the control over the data to the IT department. The control over how and where the data was shared was is centralised in the IT department, with the user's day-to-day interactions with the product as little changed as possible.
Since arriving at Dropbox from Microsoft just eight months ago, Thomas Hansen has put in motion a channel program that's on pace to bring on thousands of new resellers and solution integration partners... As of last week, Dropbox had 2,200 channel partners, ranging from resellers, systems integrators (SIs) and managed service providers (MSPs).
As expected, Dropbox and Adobe are announcing today that people can now open PDF documents stored in Dropbox using the Adobe Acrobat Reader app on Android devices. This lets users of the apps sign, highlight, annotate, and comment on files from Dropbox from within Acrobat Reader. The integrations are the result of a partnership between Adobe and Dropbox that was announced in October.
The popularity of the Dropbox file storage service is creating more opportunity for partners since the expansion of its Dropbox Partner Network last November as well as the addition of Dropbox Enterprise to its product arsenal, which also includes Dropbox Business. There are now some 2,200 partners worldwide, and the partner ecosystem has been segmented in terms of size and reach, according to Hank Humphreys, head of global channel sales, at Dropbox.
Over the last two-and-a-half years, Dropbox built its own vast computer network and shifted its service onto a new breed of machines designed by its own engineers, all orchestrated by a software system built by its own programmers with a brand new programming language. Drawing on the experience of Silicon Valley veterans who erected similar technology inside Internet giants like Google and Facebook and Twitter, it has successfully moved about 90 percent of those files onto this new online empire.
File hosting service Dropbox has reached 500 million global users in its first eight years of operation. Although based in San Francisco, Dropbox said its most recent 100 million users came from all over the world.
Dropbox has partnered with research and education network provider, AARNET and the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT)... “Institutions across our research and education community are asking for Cloud solutions that support collaboration by securely meeting the storage needs of students, faculty and staff,” AARNET chief executive, Chris Hancock, said. “The partnership with Dropbox is a great example of how we all work with Cloud technology companies to drive cost-efficient initiatives for the benefit of research and education."
Global cloud storage firm Dropbox is partnering with Melbourne-based social enterprise Diverse City Careers (DCC) to address the lack of women in technical roles.
After employees rejected Servcorp’s initial choice of cloud storage service, the company was forced to go back to the drawing board to provide a better file sharing solution for its workforce...“Overwhelmingly when we got the feedback from that particular user group the selection was Dropbox,” the CTO said. As a result, Servcorp chose Dropbox Business.
It was recently as December that Dropbox revealed it would be building infrastructure in Europe to store data locally and today, the company announced that from the third quarter of 2016 European business customer file contents will be held in Germany, in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Dropbox has opened an office for the Benelux, based in Amsterdam. This is the online storage company's fourth European office, after London, Dublin and Paris. Dropbox claims nearly one in two Dutch internet users have Dropbox installed. One of its local business customers is the Maastricht Academy of Media, Design and Technology (MAMDT), while Dropbox Enterprise also counts as recent customers in Europe UK broadcaster Channel 4 and the pharmacy chain Boots.
Houston is one of the rare tech CEOs to stake his leadership on challenging ingrained attitudes and practices inside the industry and his own company to change those demographics. He and Arash Ferdowsi, the chief technology officer who founded the online storage and collaboration company with him, want Dropbox to better reflect the available workforce and their customers around the globe. And they have a new co-pilot in their endeavor: Judith Williams, Dropbox's first global diversity chief, whom they hired from Google.
Now a who’s who of technology, automobile and other companies has banded together in a novel approach seeking to thwart patent trolls. LOT Network counts Google, Canon, Dropbox, Ford Motor Co., GitHub, JP Morgan Chase, Pandora, Pure Storage Red Hat, Solar City, Uber and Wikimedia Foundation as members.
Following the release of a Windows 10 app for tablets, Dropbox is expanding its Microsoft Office integration. The cloud-based repository allows multiple users to edit a file with Office Online with all of the updates synced in real time. This means you won't have to alert someone when you're making changes to avoid overwriting tweaks from a colleague.
Dropbox teamed up with Microsoft back in 2014, and since then many of the new features the company has introduced have focused around that partnership. You can now access files stored in Dropbox through Office apps, create Office documents right in the Dropbox iOS app and you can edit your Office docs right through the Dropbox web interface. Most of these features benefitted users regardless of what platform they used, but today's announcement is specifically for Windows users: Dropbox is releasing a native Windows 10 app.
What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is a service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere, and share them easily. Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your phone or tablet, and the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it easy to share with others. And if your computer melts down, you can restore all your files from the Dropbox website with a couple clicks.
- Wherever you are. Put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show off videos from anywhere.
- Share with confidence. Share photos with friends. Work with your team like you're using a single computer. Everything's automatically private, so you control who sees what.
- Safe and secure. Even if your phone goes for a swim, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox and can be restored in a snap. Dropbox secures your files with AES-256 bit encryption and two-step verification.
- Dropbox Business. Millions of people use Dropbox at work. With Dropbox Business, get the power and security of Dropbox plus robust admin controls, dedicated support, and all the space you need.
- Dropbox has more than 500 million registered users.
- Over 200,000 businesses and organizations are using Dropbox Business.
- Over 3.3 billion sharing connections have been created with Dropbox.
- People save 1.2 billion files to Dropbox every 24 hours.
- Dropbox is supported in 20 languages with users in over 200 countries and territories.
- Dropbox is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Austin, Dublin, Herzliya, London, New York, Paris, Seattle, Sydney, Hamburg, and Tokyo.
- Founded: June 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi.
- Launched: September 2008 as a simple way to bring your files anywhere and share them easily.
- Dropbox Business: In 2011, we began offering a service built for teams. This became the foundation for Dropbox Business, which launched in 2013. Giving companies visibility and control over critical business data, Dropbox Business is streamlining collaboration every day for teams large and small.
- Dropbox Platform: Using the Dropbox platform, developers have built integrations with Facebook, Yahoo, 1Password, Autodesk, Adobe EchoSign, Notability, CareerBuilder, Vimeo, HP, DocuSign, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, Samsung and more. In December 2014, Dropbox released the Dropbox Business API alongside more than 20 enterprise integrations to make Dropbox Business a more powerful and secure solution for business collaboration.
The story of Dropbox
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 coded 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.
How Dropbox works
Dropbox makes all your files available to you from any computer or phone. It's as easy as adding any file 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 Dropbox software (for Windows, Mac or 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. This makes Dropbox perfect for team projects or sharing with family or friends - it's as if you are saving straight to their desktop. The Dropbox mobile apps let you take your life on the road. And because Dropbox keeps a one month history of your work, you can go back in time to fix mistakes or rescue deleted files.
Dropbox offers 2 GB free to start and you can earn up to 16 GB additional space for referring friends, or upgrade to a Pro account with up to 1 TB and 32 GB for referrals. Dropbox Business offers as much space as your team needs, starting with 1 TB per person. Learn more at www.dropbox.com/pricing.
Dropbox, a free service that lets you bring your documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, today announced a deep integration with the recently released Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Note II. With these integrations, Dropbox users can now enjoy a seamless content syncing experience across all Samsung devices.
Dropbox, a free service that lets people bring their documents, photos, and videos anywhere and share them easily, today announced an even easier way for people to instantly share the things that matter most, with just a link. Now documents, photos, and videos can be shared simply by creating and sending a link to friends, family, or colleagues, whether they are Dropbox users or not.
Dropbox, a free service that lets people bring their documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, today introduced Dropbox for Teams. More than 45 million people already depend on Dropbox, and with Dropbox for Teams, businesses can now experience the same ease-of-use along with new administrative controls, centralized billing, phone support, and plenty of space for everyone on the team.
Dropbox, a service that lets people bring their documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, announced today that it has completed a $250 million Series B financing. The company will use the funds to accelerate its rapid growth, make acquisitions, pursue strategic partnerships, and grow the team.
Dropbox Reveals Tremendous Growth With Over 200 Million Files Saved Daily by More Than 25 Million People
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.