Dropbox is growing up. Just look at the top management team at the 10-year-old tech startup. Founder and CEO Drew Houston has brought in Dennis Woodside as the company’s first-ever COO...Woodside talks about the differences between leading a fast-moving startup and running a giant corporation and how he’s mentoring the young engineers at Dropbox.
Cloud storage firm Dropbox has announced a new customer win in the form of sports brand The Adidas Group. The announcement, which appeared on the firm’s official blog this morning, explains how Adidas is utilising Dropbox Enterprise, which was launched in November last year, to have ‘fast, reliable access to…data’ and ‘seamless collaboration’ for its employees.
Conventional thinking assumes that older workers have trouble adapting to new technologies. That notion is nothing more than a stereotype, but it’s a harmful one that could make life difficult for IT professionals over the age of 50 who are searching for new jobs. And now the results of a new survey suggest that the stereotype might not be accurate after all. Cloud storage provider Dropbox and Ipsos Mori, a London-based market research firm, surveyed more than 4,000 information workers in the U.S. and Europe about their use of technology in the workplace and found that people 55 and up use 4.9 forms of technology per week, on average — a smidge above the overall average of 4.7 per week.
Greatness always draws the masses. That's a mantra that has proved valuable over the years when I have covered startups and tested products, and has come in handy once again. It's obvious with a new app that has one of the coolest logos around. It's "cool" because it means something, yet it's simple and ties into the main company logo. I'm talking about Dropbox, the company that created the idea of cloud storage for the masses. They have opened up their Dropbox Paper app for public use. You have to sign up for the beta, but there's no waiting list.
At the start, Dropbox made [Dropbox Paper] available to a limited number of beta users. Since then, beta users have created over one million Paper documents for everything from feature ideas and code for apps to design ideas for a new website. Today, Dropbox is opening the beta up to the public for anyone to use, with no waitlist, and it’s launching apps for both iOS and Android so teams can collaborate on the go as well.
The mission of the popular file hosting and sharing platform Dropbox is to make it easy for people to work comfortably from anywhere. So when it came time to design its new deluxe San Francisco headquarters, Dropbox wanted the space to do the same thing. Now completed, it's an office that Dropbox likens to a city plaza: a mixture of public and semiprivate spaces that encourage workers to find their own personal bliss.
Continuing its effort to better appeal to enterprise users, Dropbox Wednesday announced new features aimed at making its cloud-based storage and collaboration platform easier for teams of workers to use and IT administrators to centrally control... New tools make it easier for groups of users – dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of them – to use the platform for sharing documents, accessing information and collaborating with others.
IT administrators managing Dropbox deployments are supposed to have an easier time with it soon, thanks to improvements that the company announced Wednesday. The company is rolling out a redesigned interface for examining logs of user activity within an organization, new folders that make it easier to create and manage a shared workspace for teams and mobile access management capabilities.
As Dropbox — the cloud storage company with 500 million users — gets more profitable and inches towards an IPO, the company is slowly adding more features that cater to the lucrative business market. Today, Dropbox — which already has some 200,000 companies using Dropbox Business — is taking the wraps off of AdminX, a new dashboard aimed at IT admins to better tailor and control their companies’ files and users on Dropbox Business accounts.
Box, Citrix, Dropbox, and Egnyte represent the leaders’ section in the latest Gartner enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) Magic Quadrant. The 2016 rankings show an interesting correlation year on year; Dropbox and Egnyte move from the challenger and visionary sections respectively, while the overall number of vendors, 13, represents a step down from 16 last year.
The “middle-out” algorithm that has its roots in the most infamous (and probably funniest) scene in HBO’s “Silicon Valley” may have been fictional, but something like it can be found in Lepton, a cool new lossless image compressor created by Dropbox. Lepton reduces the file size of JPEG-encoded images (and that’s most of them) by as much as 22 percent, yet without losing a single bit of the original. How is this possible? Middle-out.
I recently spoke to Judith Williams, the global head of diversity at Dropbox, about how to increase and sustain diversity in tech and the wider workplace. Unsurprisingly, Williams explains that the level of diversity in an organisation tends to increase as a firm focusses on improving the situation. After a focussed effort in Dropbox to increase diversity, 2015 saw an influx of women into its technology department.
Scaling a start-up from just a few users to several thousand is no cakewalk. Food delivery firm Deliveroo has moved from long email threads and attachments to Dropbox, a solution managing director Levi Aron says has stopped the wheels from falling off.
Dropbox, the cloud storage company that says it has half a billion users, now says it’s well on its way to 200,000 paying business customers. And Dropbox CEO Drew Houston is banking that its new home-built infrastructure will help it save money and be more flexible when building new features.
An aggressive recruitment campaign by Dropbox has seen the online storage vendor increase its channel partner base by 50 percent since the beginning of the year. In January the firm claimed 2200 partners worldwide, and this figure has now risen to 3300. “We really want channel to be a big portion of our accelerated growth in the enterprise space,” Hank Humphreys, head of global channel sales, tells Channel Pro.
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.
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.
While it started life as a consumer product, Dropbox was rapidly adopted by businesses that needed to share files quickly, securely and easily between team members and external colleagues, without the inconvenience of sending large attachments via email. Dropbox has been developing its team and business features over time, and the service now includes a wide range of administration features that mean you can control and monitor staff members' use of your business account.
“Design brings people together.” Lee says. “At Dropbox, we try to take care of our users and employees in ways that they don’t always notice. Our experiences… shine from the fact that they’re discreet, and this all starts with design.”... True to the ‘black ops’ way, Lee and her team are responsible for candidly assuring “people walk away with new insight, takeaways or inspiration from each event they attend.”
File hosting service Dropbox has partnered with Vodafone to offer Australian small businesses a data and storage package aimed at providing businesses a platform for working on the go. According to both companies, the collaboration will see Dropbox and Vodafone make a play for Australia's estimated AU$774 million cloud applications market.
Thomas Hansen, global vice president of sales at Dropbox and formerly of Microsoft, told V3 that he believes the consumer success of Dropbox is helping the company convince businesses to adopt it as an enterprise tool... Hansen cited the example of Expedia as a company that came to Dropbox Business in this way, as staff were using Dropbox, instead of a corporate-supplied OneDrive service from Microsoft as part of an Office 365 deployment.
Amber Cottle, head of global public policy and government affairs at Dropbox, discusses the company's approach to Washington.
Dropbox says that, starting now, customers will be able to edit PDF files saved into their Dropbox accounts while using iOS applications, with support for Android set to arrive in the near future. This improved support for working with the popular file format comes on the heels of Dropbox’s partnership with Adobe, announced last month, which included Dropbox’s integration into Adobe’s Document Cloud, among other things.
The vision Houston is selling is one of effortless connections between workers in a fragmented world, in which everything is available no matter where workers are, letting them pick up work seamlessly and be far more productive... If Dropbox can change the way the world works, its $10bn valuation will be justified many times over.
Vendor also reveals Hewlett-Packard Enterprise as premier Dropbox for Business reseller.
Dropbox wants the outside world to know it now has more than 150,000 paying customers for its Dropbox for Business service, including the likes of men’s clothing retailer Bonobos, social network Pinterest and travel website Expedia.
Founded in 2007, the company has evolved from being an app primarily used for personal purposes to one that businesses can deploy for employees. Dropbox is arguably the hallmark of the consumerization of enterprise software.
Last April, Dropbox tapped telecommunications giant SoftBank as the primary sales channel for its software in Japan. That relationship is just getting off the ground, but the online file-sharing company will emulate the model to win share in Mexico, Austria, and dozens of European nations including Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the U.K.
Sync is essentially about bringing together the diversity of devices and applications to work efficiently as though they are operating on the same platform. But how does it work? There are three main technologies that underpin the technology: Delta Sync, LAN Sync and, more recently, Streaming Sync.
Think of Washington and you probably think of words such as “deadlock” or “gridlock” first. But at least by one specific metric — the percentage of people working together on Dropbox files — Washington is the most collaborative place in the country. The online file management company took a quick spin through its data to see which states (or non-states, as the case may be) were creating shared folders and shared links for work on the service.
A ranking of colleges and universities whose students are the most active on the cloud-based file transfer service Dropbox provides a glimpse of which campuses are chock-full of nerds, dorks and all manner of dweebs. Princeton University leads the nation in the percentage of students using Dropbox accounts during the school week late at night, defined by Dropbox as between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. local time, according to a company analysis released this week.
Apple and Dropbox said Tuesday that they do not support a controversial cybersecurity bill that, according to critics, would give the government sweeping new powers to spy on Americans in the name of protecting them from hackers.
Six months ago, Dropbox quietly announced a collaborative note-taking tool called Notes and launched it in an invite-only beta test. But starting today, the product is being officially branded as Dropbox Paper and the beta test is expanding significantly.
With a new ad campaign, Dropbox is hoping to lift perceptions of the brand from merely being a cloud storage utility to a facilitator and driver of collaborative creativity.
Today, Adobe is launching a number of new features for Document Cloud, including an integration with Dropbox, as well as a number of updates. The Dropbox integration is the highlight of this update. Thanks to this, Adobe Acrobat DC (essentially the ‘pro’ version of Acrobat) and Acrobat Reader users can now access PDFs they have stored on Dropbox directly from these apps and edit them.
Arden Hoffman is VP of People at San Francisco-based Dropbox — and she doesn’t take her title (or responsibilities) lightly. Arden, who was previously an HR exec at Google, sat down for a deep and meaningful with us to talk about an emerging army of “hackers,” why engineering is far from the only job in tech and how the industry has a whole new story to tell beyond coding.
And that, Houston says, is the crux of the company’s goal: to convince people to host their photos, their work documents — and essentially their lives — on Dropbox and give those people easier ways to connect and collaborate with each other.
Drew Houston, CEO & Co-founder, Dropbox, talks to CNBC's Julia Boorstin about the future for his company and how his company stacks up against the competition.
Dropbox is launching a team feature that aims to make its file hosting service a better tool for workplace collaboration, the company announced Monday. Existing Dropbox users will soon see a "team" tab on the left-hand menu list that will let you organize groups of employees and share files with those sets of users in a central hub.
GIW Industries turned to Dropbox for Business to introduce a more streamlined and efficient file exchange system. It went live with the cloud-based service in December 2014. "It has fundamentally changed the way business takes place," Lucas McCuistian said.
Karen Sperling, head of engineering recruiting, explains what the company is looking for: "Our hiring philosophy centers on our company values and candidates who can speak to them often do well. For example, we focus on teamwork and trust. Building a product useful to millions of people is truly a team effort — whether you're an engineer, designer, marketer, or anything else. Our users rely on Dropbox to help simplify their lives, and we take that trust seriously."
The project is a collaboration between Royal Holloway and Durham universities and also has support from the Royal Geographical Society. It's also backed by businesses and industry, including Dropbox, which will be helping the team to analyse and share their findings.
Ross Piper believes collaboration -- fueled by the 2.1 billion connections already existing in the service -- is what will set Dropbox apart for business users.
Cloud file-sharing and storage company Dropbox said today that it has secured a deal to provide its enterprise services to the faculty and staff of Arizona State University. It also said that it has hired Jason Katcher, the head of Google’s education efforts in the Americas, to lead a new business unit devoted to selling its enterprise services to colleges and universities.
Amid a continuing hiring spree, Dropbox Inc. raised the curtain on its ultra-hip downtown Austin offices on Wednesday, showing that the San Francisco-based tech company has spared no expense to keep employees happy and motivated.
Pied Piper came out of a "Hack Week" held at Dropbox, where Daniel Reiter Horn works as an infrastructure engineer.
With a strong foundation of 8 million users in Australia, Dropbox has ramped up a team of 50 under the helm of Country Manager, Charlie Wood.
Dropbox today announced that it will now support security keys. Security keys are physical USB dongles from companies like YubiCo that allow you to bypass the traditional app- and text message-based two-factor authentication schemes with their six-digit codes by simply plugging the key into your computer.
Dropbox has promoted one of its lead engineers, Akhil Gupta, to vice president of infrastructure.
Patrick Heim is the (relatively) new head of Trust & Security at Dropbox. Formerly Chief Trust Officer at Salesforce, he has served as CISO at Kaiser Permanente and McKesson Corporation. Heim discusses security and privacy in the arena of consumerized cloud-based tools like those that employees select for business use.
One of my most-loved tools (and one I often use daily) is Dropbox. Known for its user-friendly-ness, fun branding and illustrations, and the tireless and talented team behind it all, Designer Linda Eliasen’s role fits right into all of those.
“No one touches more of Dropbox than Arash [Ferdowsi] does,” says Ramsey Homsany, the company’s general counsel. Ferdowsi’s far-better-known cofounder, CEO Drew Houston, puts it more succinctly: “Don’t start a company without him.”
Dropbox has quietly become the coolest company in communication, and eight million Australians are using it, for sharing documents in the office, storing photos and videos or working on group projects.
Dropbox has hired Twitter's Todd Jackson to be its first VP of product. Jackson’s hiring comes days after Dropbox recruited Microsoft veteran Thomas Hansen to be its global vice president of sales and channel.
It has created a new position — head of sales — and recruited long-time Microsoft exec Thomas Hansen to the role.
Dropbox successfully leveraged its popularity and success with consumers to develop a credible business-grade service – Dropbox for Business – that was launched in April 2013.
Fast-growing cloud accounting software company Xero has signed a strategic partnership arrangement with US cloud computing giant Dropbox which will see the two businesses combine aspects of their products to lure more small business customers from rivals.
Ross Piper, Vice President of Enterprise at Dropbox, says its entry into the education market is eased by the fact that many university students and faculty already use the service. “We already have massive adoption by individuals within the education space,” he says.
Dropbox said today that it now has more than 400 million registered users — a jump from the last public figure about its user base in May last year.
When it came time to redesign Dropbox’s five-year-old Android app, the goal was to downplay design even more. And damned if they didn’t pull it off. Now, that may not seem like an impressive feat, but the company managed to make the UI even more straightforward.
Digital rights organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published its fifth annual "Who has your back?" report into online service providers’ transparency and privacy practices when it comes to government requests for accessing user data.
Dropbox today launched a very interesting feature: file requests. In short, you can now ask one or more people to upload photos, documents, or any other files to a Dropbox folder you specify. All you need to do is put together the request, and Dropbox generates a link that handles the rest.
Dropbox officially opened its new Seattle engineering office this week, and walking into the office, there’s no mistaking the location. The space, high up in Seattle’s Columbia Center skyscraper, features picturesque views of Mt. Rainier, the Space Needle, Elliott Bay and every other major regional landmark.
"We use Dropbox to assemble teams, funding, and resources at the drop of a hat. Everyone has access to and collaborates on the same information. This allows us to quickly secure funding from multiple sources and coordinate our grant writing efforts across the globe."
In a bid to hook more customers into using its paid version, Dropbox has teamed up with Chinese phone maker OnePlus.
Dropbox announced several updates today designed to appeal to larger enterprise customers and make them feel more comfortable using Dropbox for Business.
As attackers get more sophisticated, and more businesses have the potential to be targeted, how do you keep your company’s data safe? Here are three important ways to help protect your business.
Dropbox updated its Windows app today with the ability to have multiple concurrent uploads, better shared folder management and easier integration with other apps.
Dropbox for Business has jumped over another hurdle as it aims to garner more professional clientele with sensitive and valuable data. The San Francisco-based business announced on Monday it has been granted ISO 27018 certification, the world's first international standard for cloud privacy and data protection.
Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston, discusses collaborations with businesses, and keeping information secure.
In January the San Francisco-based company opened offices in London and Israel after adding two others in Sydney and Japan last year. It also recently signed a deal with Japan's SoftBank, whereby its commerce and service arm will be the primary reseller and distributor of Dropbox's business products in Japan.
Today, yet another new Office-related feature is being announced: the Dropbox app for iOS will soon let you create Office documents right inside it, without having to jump to another app.
In recent months, the online storage and file-sharing company expanded its API to help companies and developers integrate Dropbox’s features with other software, the WSJ reported in December. The two most requested enterprise features are Groups and the Groups API, Mr. [Patrick] Heim said.
Host Jessica Harris talks with Drew Houston, co-founder of Dropbox.
Dropbox wants you to read the comments. In a new feature unveiled today, you can now leave comments on Dropbox files much in the same way that you can comment on news articles like this one. Except instead of trolling, Dropbox is hoping you’ll use these comments to get something done.
The US company, a specialist in online file hosting, opened its Paris office Thursday.
Sky News' Ian King interviews Dennis Woodside, Dropbox's chief operating officer.
Dropbox Chief Operating Officer Dennis Woodside discusses the company’s growth in the U.K. compared to the U.S. and expansion into Europe.
Dropbox has become the latest high-profile Internet firm to start a bug bounty program, hooking up with HackerOne to provide rewards to security researchers who report vulnerabilities through the program.
Microsoft and Dropbox are expanding their already close partnership today with the reveal of a new integration that will now allow consumers to edit their Microsoft Office files, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, in Dropbox using Office Online via the web.
So what is it that makes Dropbox so appealing to businesses? To find out, we decided to test out Dropbox for Business, and sat through a demo session by Dropbox.
Fortune senior writer Leena Rao sits down with Ross Piper, VP of Enterprise at Dropbox, to discuss the company’s strategy to gain business customers.
Online file sharing company Dropbox is ramping up its international expansion plans in a deal with Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank.
Jon Ying, 28, has been with Dropbox from its earliest days. Originally brought in by his friend (and Dropbox cofounder) Arash Ferdowsi to do tech support, his role evolved into developing the brand's approachable, human vibe.
If you accessed a document today on Dropbox.com, you might notice that it looks a little different -- the preview screen real estate is a little larger, the design is a little cleaner and oh wait, is that a new toolbar?
Dropbox just may be the most adroit cloud company in the world, the one that has solved more problems for its users than any other.
"When engineering management is done right, you're focusing on three big things," Jessica McKellar says. "You're directly supporting the people on your team; you're managing execution and coordination across teams; and you're stepping back to observe and evolve the broader organization and its processes as it grows."
How many emails have you already sent to your colleagues today to discuss a single file? How many times have you edited a document, only to realize someone else has been editing the same thing at the same time? The answer to both of these questions is probably "a lot," but if you're a Dropbox user, file collaboration is about to become a lot less migraine-inducing.
Dropbox has dropped itself into New York City with a new 11,000-square foot office space in the Flatiron District.
Today the team at Dropbox for Business is releasing another much requested feature.... Groups was initially released to 12,000 customers through an early access program in November. It was well extremely well received. As of today, it’s generally available.
Dropbox is partnering with Vodafone to offer its file-storage service to more than 400 million wireless customers. The deal, which the companies plan to announce Friday, could give Dropbox tens of millions of new users outside the U.S., Marc Leibowitz, head of partnerships for the San Francisco company, said in an interview.
Dropbox is closing the gap on mobile. Mobile productivity is a big priority for the company, and though [Henrik] Berggren thinks it is “still early” days, the company wants to reduce the number of clicks (or taps) to get work done, while also supporting more and more platforms.
If you get frustrated transferring files from the cloud to your desktop, Dropbox has revealed an interesting new feature that will make the transition from browsing a file on the Web to editing it on your PC just that little bit easier.
The app is a product of the recent partnership between Microsoft and Dropbox, which enables users to access Dropbox directly from their Office apps and edit Office files from the Dropbox app.
Dropbox has hit the ground running in 2015: opening a new office in London, launching its first app for smartphones and tablets running Microsoft’s Windows software; and buying Israeli mobile startup CloudOn.
[Dropbox] closed a deal to acquire CloudOn, a developer of mobile productivity tools with an engineering hub in Herzliya, Israel. CloudOn’s more than 30 employees will join Dropbox and the Israeli office will become a base for the company’s “aggressive hiring” in the region, Ilya Fushman, head of product, business and mobile said in an interview.
Dropbox today launched its much-anticipated Project Harmony functionality, which brings collaboration tools to Microsoft Office desktop applications. Now known simply as “the Dropbox badge,” the new feature is rolling out today to the Dropbox for Business early access program.
A new feature [is] arriving on Dropbox's Carousel app starting today: the ability to free up space on your phone with just a single tap.
On Wednesday, the file-syncing startup launched an application programming interface, or API, that lets outside developers build software on top of its Dropbox for Business service. That may sound like a jumble of tech speak, but it could be very useful to businesses, and ultimately, it represents a kind of finale to a decades-long contest: consumer technology has now emerged triumphant over corporate IT as the way to get work done.
Aditya Agarwal, Dropbox vice president of engineering, disclosed the news in an interview with GeekWire this afternoon, saying that Seattle will be one of “three pillars” of the Dropbox engineering operations in the U.S., along with New York and San Francisco.
Dropbox, the sync-and-share startup so popular it essentially created a market category, is finally, finally opening up to become an enterprise platform with the launch of a Dropbox for Business API that enables team-level app management and integration with third-party services.
Dropbox this week is launching the Dropbox for Business API, offering its business storage and security features to enterprise developers. The company also announced that Dropbox for Business now has 100,000 customers.
Earlier this month, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership that would see Dropbox offer better support for Microsoft’s Office Suite, including the ability to edit Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app among other things. Today, those integrations have gone live for users of both the Android phone and iOS Dropbox applications.
Dropbox Carousel, the photo gallery app launched for iOS and Android smartphones last spring, is now available for the iPad and the Web.
"Looking back, all of the dots seem to connect, but they certainly didn’t seem to at the time. My advice to those looking for career direction is to chat with people doing the job you think you want."
It’s been more than a year since the Snowden revelations, and government agencies continue to demand access to broad swaths of personal information online. We’ve yet to see serious privacy reforms from Congress. This is troubling because one of the biggest threats to privacy is the absence of modern laws that reflect the way that people today use the Internet.
Dropbox has overhauled recruiting, promotions, compensation, engagement and retention, said [Blaire] Mattson, who is heading up diversity efforts.
Office mobile apps will soon seamlessly sync to Dropbox.
Hearst, News Corp., and MacMillan Publishing have signed on to Dropbox, according to a company blog post by enterprise head Ross Piper.
The development follows up a security update from the cloud storage provider, bolstering Dropbox's plan to maintain data security, confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
The Dropbox-owned email app has done away with its waitlist and is now letting all comers try Mailbox on the desktop. We took a first look at Mailbox's move to Mac in August and came away impressed.
"The way the Dropbox product is a home for your stuff, we want the Dropbox office to be a home to our employees," says Molly Strong, a design project coordinator at the company. "We want it to be really delightful for everyone here."
Dropbox’s partnerships — including its new one with Sony — aim to go beyond pre-loading the application. [Christine] Moon works with Samsung and other partners to give those manufacturers access to special functions that allow a deeper level of integration.
Heading the new wholly owned subsidiary is Hiroaki Kawamura, whose resume includes past positions as president of the Japanese units of both Sun Microsystems and Symantec. The company said some 8 million people now use the Japanese-language version of Dropbox introduced in 2011.
Dropbox has rolled out its iOS 8 upgrade, which now includes a new Notification Center widget of its own, offering a quick overview of your files and recent changes.
Google and file-hosting service Dropbox announced the creation of Simply Secure on Thursday, an organization that aims to make security tech easier to use.
This morning, Dropbox released new information detailing government requests for its user data, and information about certain user accounts. The company also called for the passage of the Senate’s version of the USA FREEDOM Act.
While Samsung and the cloud-storage giant have partnered for a number of years already to offer Dropbox pre-installed on some devices, including premium access, things are now being pushed to the next level.
The new Dropbox Pro feature set is designed to give prosumers the flexibility they desire while maintaining the same general user experience that they’ve become used to. In doing so, Dropbox is mainly targeting creatives and independent professionals who rely on Dropbox for collaboration and sharing of files with partners and customers.
Dropbox is a Go-To for many photographers. Whether they’re storing their photography, sharing albums with clients or, ahem, sending files to the press, more often than not it’s Dropbox they use. And starting today, anybody not using Dropbox’s Pro offering has a whole lot more reason to do so thanks to a steep drop in price, a big jump in storage space, and a bunch of new features and functionality.
Dropbox issued a statement from [Dennis] Woodside: “Julie is an exceptional leader with a remarkable track record in building great teams and executing innovative marketing strategies at both hyper-growth startups and global corporations. We’re thrilled to add her talent and vision to the Dropbox team as we continue to scale our business globally.”
Cloud storage company Dropbox today added Bob Mylod, the former CFO of Priceline.com, as the fifth member of its board of directors. The company disclosed the move in a corporate blog post by CEO Drew Houston and CFO Sujay Jaswa.
Suffering from email overload? Don't worry, Silicon Valley feels your pain - and relief may be coming to the desktop. Mailbox is beginning to roll out the Macintosh version of its popular mobile app for iOS and Android.
When Mailbox came out for the iPhone, people were so excited about its novel mail-sorting features that they lined up like it was a hot new nightclub to try it out. Now its coming to desktop, with beta invites trickling out to users starting today.
Olga Narvskaia, head of online revenue operations at Dropbox, talked to TechRepublic about her life in Russia, working for a company that's changing the world, and the power of focus.
Today [Dropbox is] releasing a new Android app that the company says will make the “Dropbox mobile app experience as fast, seamless and efficient as possible.” That way you can get your work done on the spot, wherever you happen to be.... Is this a big deal? If you access Dropbox for Business from an Android phone, it’s a major convenience.
“I love the Bay Area but I love Austin more. I just couldn’t wait to get back here in general,” [Sherry] Birk said. “I’m just excited to build something here.” And Dropbox is doing just that. It’s going to move into a five-story building at Fifth and Congress, which is under construction. The company plans to occupy three of the floors or approximately 58,000 square feet. Move-in date is set for next January.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that a generous chunk of the apps and sites we use on a daily basis operate practically right in our own backyard. Case in point: Dropbox. The storage-solving site is our work lifeline and we log in and out of it more times a day than we can count. In the real world, it exists right over in SoMa.
"Part of the spirit of Hack Week is getting out of your comfort zone, learning something new, doing something unusual," says engineer Alicia Chen.
Dropbox announced a bunch of new features for its enterprise service today, including the ability to set who has access to edit or only read a file, passwords to shared folders that expire after a set time and a text search capability. The company also disclosed some numbers around the adoption of its business product, saying it’s now in use at 80,000 paying companies.
People still use Office. Lots of people. And that reality, in turn, speaks to Dropbox’s strategy... “Right now our focus is on slotting into people’s basic workflow and making that really good,” Ilya Fushman, head of the company’s Dropbox for Business product.
Dropbox, the fast-growing US cloud storage company, is embarking on a new phase of international expansion. Roughly 70 per cent of Dropbox’s users are outside the US.
Seeking to reach all 3 billion of the world's connected people, Dropbox will be pre-installed on the phones of one of Europe's biggest telecoms firms.
Dropbox has added a brand-new feature to its desktop client that promises faster file synchronization between devices. The new featured, dubbed "streaming sync," doesn't require you to do a thing beyond your standard dragging and dropping of files into your magical Dropbox folder.
On Wednesday morning, the company unveiled a new website for corporate customers.... Dropbox’s service continues to shine in its simplicity and ease of use—a feature the company has very strategically extended from its consumer business to the enterprise side.
A coalition of technology companies large and small has created a sort of arms-control treaty to prevent future abuses of their intellectual property.
Tina Wen has been with the company for over two years, having seen Dropbox go from a staff of 100 to 700, and has worked on some of their essential features. In fact, she was integral in building some of the core features of Dropbox's photo app, Carousel. We caught up with Tina to learn how she managers her time, her code, and her marathons.
Dropbox launched Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Thai versions of its application and clients, as the company seeks to grow the international usage of its cloud storage and file sharing service. The Dropbox service, now available in 19 languages and 200 countries, has about 70 percent of its 300 million users outside of the U.S., said Johann Butting, Dropbox’s head of EMEA.
Creating art is a full-time job for Dropbox’s Alice Lee. As an illustrator and product designer, Lee spends her days designing, doodling, and drawing, helping create the visual images that represent Dropbox and all its various offerings to the outside world.
Liz Armistead leads the team at Dropbox responsible for telling the company's story to consumers. This means everything from blog posts to web design to massive product launches, like an event in April to unveil a host of new productivity features.
Dropbox announced today that it has hit a new milestone of 300 million users, tacking on 100 million users in just six months since it passed the 200 million mark in November 2013.
Since its inclusion in our Who Has Your Back report in 2012, Dropbox has consistently demonstrated strong transparency around government data requests and a commitment to protecting the privacy of its users. This year is no exception, with Dropbox setting a strong example for other cloud storage companies.
After several months of building on a new strategy to capture more enterprise customers, Dropbox, the popular cloud-storage and file-sharing service, will later this week announce that it has landed subscription music service Spotify as a corporate customer...
In 2012, when Dropbox acquired his startup Cove, the cloud storage incumbent staffed 30 engineers building for 50 million users. Now Agarwal directs an engineering arsenal of 200+ to protect the data of over 200 million people - and he just worked on the launch of Carousel.
In addition to a massive hiring spurt and fundraising stockpile, Dropbox has been quietly acquiring startups that make productivity and media apps so their teams can work on similar products internally.
Reinventing the photo album for the digital age will take both sharp UI smarts and a mastery of cloud-based storage. Fortunately for us, that’s exactly what Underwood and Dropbox have going for them.
This morning in San Francisco, Dropbox announced that its updated enterprise-facing Dropbox for Business product is now available for all. The company also announced that it now has 275 million users. That figure is sharply higher than the 200 million users that the company indicated it had in November 2013.
Dropbox was—and perhaps still is—the most celebrated startup in Silicon Valley. Two hundred and seventy five million people use it to manage their digital lives, storing personal documents, photographs, and videos across expanding collections of phones, tablets, and personal computers.
Dropbox is different. Users love Dropbox. Users flock to Dropbox. Users want to use it. This is Dropbox's secret weapon.
Are you making the most of your small business' Dropbox account? Here are five ideas for how to make the most of the cloud-based storage center with employees, clients, partners, and even job candidates.
Dropbox backs up your important files, but that's just a start. These apps work alongside the cloud service to boost security, streamline workflow, and more.
Earlier this week Dropbox published its rules for disclosing any requests the government makes for user data. It's a timely reminder to explore what it takes to become a more transparent organization.
You know you’re doing something right when Silicon Valley rock stars are ditching cushy jobs at Google and Facebook to join your startup. This year’s Founder Of The Year Crunchie goes to the talent magnets at Dropbox, CEO Drew Houston and CTO Arash Ferdowsi.
"We want you to be able to say, 'I know where all my information is--it's in Dropbox. Everywhere I go, whatever device, whatever application, I know that I can pull things out of it,'" says product manager Sean Lynch.
1. DROPBOX - For stepping up its omnipresence in users’ lives through smart partnerships and acquisitions. How omnipresent? Try 200 million users saving 1 billion files every 24 hours. Dropbox Platform--a suite of tools that allows developers to sync users’ app data across devices--now powers 100,000 active apps, including Shutterstock, Yahoo Mail, and, of course, the email-overload cure it acquired last year, Mailbox.
For example, the company's move to let users separate personal and company data within the same Dropbox interface was a user experience change first, but also matched the goals of IT.
Dropbox is incredibly popular with consumers – it claims a whopping 200 million users – and, as it turns out, is also successfully making its way into the business market, claiming 4 million businesses and 97% of the Fortune 500.
The company already has quite a history of striking distribution deals with companies including Samsung, Yahoo and Dell.
Upon purchase of select new Dell PCs, Dropbox will be automatically available for download via Dell Digital Delivery.
A garrulous and friendly man, Mattingly sees himself as an ambassador and an educator who can teach Dropbox’s toiling techies a bit about haute cuisine while pleasing their palates.
With the new mail client support, along with other recent features such as an iPad version and cloud storage integration, Dropbox appears to be making good on its promises.
Focus on end-user experience is becoming a key for business. That's a really good thing for business.
I use Dropbox because it is simple and functional. I mainly use it store important documents, pictures of my kids that I share out to family and friends, and enjoy the convenience of not having to sync anything.
If the real service is as good as the demo (and I have no doubt that it wouldn’t be as good), Dropbox for Business will be something we are very likely to rollout at our company, considering we all use Dropbox in some capacity anyway.
In a significant design step, Dropbox for Business can be allocated to new users or appear alongside an existing Dropbox customer’s personal account. The idea is to create a relatively seamless experience of managing business and personal data.
If you're a working professional and Dropbox user, you're in luck. With the revamped Dropbox for Business, accessing -- and separating -- your business and personal content on the cloud storage startup should soon be a quicker, simpler process.
All the new products today are designed to maximize security and convince enterprises that Dropbox isn’t just a frilly consumer tool. Dropbox already serves 4 million businesses and 97 percent of the Fortune 500, but is hungry for more suits.
You know all about the demands of enterprise IT. Iron-clad security. Integration with legacy systems. Help desk processes. Long budget cycles. The aforementioned user training. Simple consumer products like Dropbox have a lot to figure out to fit into an enterprise portfolio, right? Actually, it's the other way around. Enterprise IT--all of it--needs to become more like Dropbox.
Dropbox already lets you automatically upload your photos and videos to the cloud, but now the file-syncing service is getting a little friendlier with screenshots as well. Beginning today, all the screenshots you take on your computer can be automatically saved to your Dropbox account.
Dropbox has a radical plan: become the portal to your digital world – and join the ranks of Apple, Google, and Facebook.
Dropbox is further pushing its business-friendly services into the spotlight with the addition of a new hub dedicated to third-party apps. The new page launching this week highlights some of the apps that integrate with Dropbox for Business and leverage the Dropbox Platform for fostering collaboration and facilitating identity management.
Dropbox has established itself as a top cloud storage option for consumers. But that’s a tough, price-sensitive business. So the company has spent a lot of the past year expanding its focus to the enterprise.
The availability of cheap, easy-to-use and accessible cloud file-sharing services means users have more freedom and choice than ever before. Dropbox pioneered simplicity and ease of use, and so quickly picked up users inside the enterprise. Similar services have followed Dropbox's lead.
Says Maria Menous, "It saves my life every day. It's really about being able to find things. It's my file cabinet in the sky. I have everything loaded in my Dropbox."
Dropbox has enlisted Matt Eccleston, one of the top technologists at VMware, as it plans a renewed assault on enterprise customers. Eccleston is well regarded in the virtualization circles and this is a big hire for Dropbox. After dominating the the consumer file-sync-and-store market, it’s now looking to make a concerted push into the enterprise.
Dropbox is one of the internet’s fastest-growing companies and is locating its international headquarters in Dublin. The move is expected to generate up to 40 jobs by the end of this year and places Dropbox among a veritable who’s who of the internet’s elite in Dublin, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter.
Dropbox, the file hosting and collaboration firm, has hired former Salesforce.com SVP of enterprise strategy and alliances Ross Piper for a new position created to guide its foray into the business market.
Dropbox has begun recruiting for its Dublin office as it seeks to ramp up its European business.
Dropbox is bulking up on its design talent. As I wrote on Monday, Tim Van Damme, Instagram’s lead designer, will be leaving the company a year and half after joining the photo-sharing startup.
The market for file storage and sharing is crowded, but Dropbox seems to have the drop on Box, and others.
Dropbox makes it look easy, but it is not easy. Dropbox has taken one very complicated problem that's absolutely necessary to solve, and presented a deceptively simple solution to it. That's now what the company is promising to do for developers.
Today, at Dropbox’s first-ever developers conference, the company is officially launching a new set of coding tools designed to push Dropbox into every corner of your digital life. Not content to stay sequestered inside the box, the company’s co-founders are unveiling ways for developers to meld their service with every app on every device you own.
Don't forget to pack your swimsuit and make sure Dropbox is on your mobile device.
Dropbox is a company that created a rock steady personal cloud storage product (harder to do than it appears!), redefined simplicity along the way, and slapped on a logo that came to represent a gold standard.
"By moving our employees to Dropbox for Business, we've been able to take over central management so that IT can fulfill our security needs while offering our users the solution that they were asking for. That's a win-win for us."
Given that Dropbox helps people save one billion files a day — of all different types, from all different devices — the company has been due for a conference to address the developers in its growing ecosystem. The first such event will be called DBX, and will be held on July 9 at San Francisco’s scenic Fort Mason.
Dropbox, which is courting developers to make it easier for consumers to add and use files wherever they want, just overhauled its “Chooser” feature.
Dropbox began as a consumer-focused service, but as anyone who works with digital files knows, it has been adopted by businesses — both large and small — en masse.
Dropbox means business. The startup's newest features are aimed at making nice with IT.
It all kicks in next month, when Dropbox simultaneously changes the name of its biz-oriented service from Dropbox for Teams to Dropbox for Business. To help make this happen, Dropbox is working with set of identity provider partners including Ping Identity, Okta, OneLogin, Centrify, and Sympified.
Today, many of Dropbox's 100 million-plus users worldwide are students and teachers, who use the Web storage and file synchronization service in a variety of ways.
iPads, Dropbox, Gmail Jump Hurdles in Their Transition to Business Tool
Just two weeks after Dropbox beat Yahoo's efforts to buy young mobile email startup Mailbox, the cloud storage upstart just won prominent billing within Yahoo's own email product. How's that for a cherry on top?
Dropbox has scored another big win on the staffing front. Rasmus Andersson, the Swedish designer and technologist who for the past two years has worked at Facebook leading the design of mobile products and working on product infrastructure, is leaving the social networking giant to join Dropbox.
Dropbox is buying the owner of the buzzy Mailbox mobile app, making its first move into products outside its core file-sharing service. Under the deal, the 13 employees of Mailbox owner Orchestra Inc.-including alums of Apple, Stanford University and Ideo-will join Dropbox.
Dropbox, a free service that lets you bring your documents, photos, and videos anywhere and share them easily, announced availability in Brazilian Portuguese.
In a world that's becoming increasingly swamped with cloud storage options, it's good to see a true, original gangster innovating like the pressure is on.
People save 1 billion files every day to Dropbox's online storage service, Chief Executive Drew Houston said today at the Mobile World Congress show here.
When Dropbox announced a new administrative console for Dropbox for Teams this week, it seemed to trigger a small shock wave through the cloud storage industry.
Today Dropbox enhanced its business-focused cloud file-sharing Dropbox for Teams service, giving administrators more control over what users are doing on the network.
Dropbox for Teams lets admins monitor, control how members connect to file-sharing service and which documents they can share . Several file-sharing companies have been billed as "Dropbox for the enterprise." Turns out Dropbox wants that title as well.
Dropbox for Teams has a new set of features that gives IT deep visibility and control over the way both individuals and groups use the service. The new features show how Dropbox is entering a new chapter in its evolution, pointing to a future where a significant aspect of its business will focus on the business market.
Dropbox is unveiling a brand new API for developers today that should give mobile app makers an excellent new tool to work with. The Dropbox Sync API allows apps for iOS and Android to treat files stored on a user's Dropbox account as if they were local, managing syncing, caching, offline access and tracking changes easily so that developers only have to worry about building an app, and not the storage and management of the files users create with said software.
The company is adding a new layer of photo and document features to give its users much more things they can do with their files. In other words, Dropbox is aiming to be more than just a file syncing or file storage service but a full-service way for people to use their digital files - which these days is increasingly in the cloud, not just on devices.
Last week Dropbox released an update to its Android app. The update brought with it the ability for users to create and share photo albums from directly within the app.
Dropbox and Samsung are expanding their relationship with new integration on existing devices.
Dropbox is updating its mobile app today with a fresh new look and a much refined photo browsing experience on iOS. I was at Dropbox HQ this morning and had a look at the new apps for iPhone and iPad, and they're impressive - a significant improvement on all fronts.
Dropbox has hired Google executive and programming guru Guido van Rossum. Van Rossum, originally from the Netherlands, is known for creating the Python programming language.
An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D today announced that Dropbox is to establish an International Operation Centre in Dublin.
Q: I know I'm late to this party, but what's the best photo-sharing service? A: There are so many photo-sharing sites that, like the Kardashians, it's impossible to keep up with them all. Let me make this simple: Use Dropbox.
"At this scale, when you help people save 10 minutes or an hour, you're saving lifetimes of pain...And we're just getting started." That's what CEO Drew Houston thinks about his company hitting 100 million registered users and 1 billion files saved a day.
Five years ago, Dropbox famously reverse engineered Apple's Finder system to introduce its own icon onto the top dock, with its folders fully integrated and a little green checkmark when files are synced. The hack was so nifty that it attracted acquisition interest from Steve Jobs.
Over 50 million people currently use Dropbox, and users are adding files at a rate of one billion every 48 hours. But it's not just viral growth, word of mouth growth, smart branding, and effective marketing. It's also preloads on devices.
Dropbox, the big online company for storing pictures, video and documents, has a secret weapon: the smartphone. Dropbox just announced that it is doubling the amount of storage in two of its plans aimed at consumers, and introducing a third category that allows for up to 500 gigabytes of storage.
Since time immemorial (2008), folks have been asking us for a bigger Dropbox. We've heard from architects with giant drafting files and photographers with huge portfolios, but mostly we hear from families who have more than 100 GB of photos, docs and videos.
But if you walk into the right building and down the right aisle, you'll run into a giant Dropbox logo. Clearly, the file-sharing upstart is proud of its data center gear. But at the same time, it doesn't think this hardware is all that different from what the rest of the world is using. And that's about right.
Amid growing competition for companies that manage users' digital lives, San Francisco startup Dropbox on Wednesday showed off brand-new offices in China Basin where it hopes to grow into a global powerhouse.
I'm just minutes into my chat with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston about the company's latest launch, and already I'm out of questions. But Houston wouldn't have it any other way. "If it takes really long [to explain], then there's probably a problem with the product," Houston says with a laugh.
If you use Dropbox for the web to upload, store, and share your files, you can now drag those files right into the appropriate folders... This feature is especially awesome if you're using a public computer and need to share a file with someone quickly.
If you're looking for one of those oh-so-subtle signs that a tech trend has gone from hot to hysterical, the arrival of Bono and the Edge on the scene is a pretty strong indicator. That's where we're at with personal cloud storage, as the U2 rock stars this week invested in startup vendor Dropbox, which says it has more than 50 million users.
The San Francisco firm's acquisition of Cove, led by two former Facebook engineers, is the start of a new phase for the 100-person firm, which aims to treble its team by 2013.
In the annals of celebrities investing in tech startups, this one's looking especially smart.
From the outside, Dropbox looks occupied with launches these days... But the company is busy with a lot of internal growth, too... So it took the idea of a hackathon - usually a 24-hour event where developers compete to build small projects - and turned it into a full week in early March.
If your files live all over the place-your office computer, home desktop, laptop-having a dependable syncing program is a must. Dropbox, the service that lets you store your files in the cloud and access them from anywhere you have a signal, fills that role nicely with a Dropbox iPhone app.
Mr. Ferdowsi, who is also Dropbox's chief technology officer, spoke to The Wall Street Journal last week about why he avoids the spotlight, and his role in building the fast-growing tech start-up.
Whatever you think about Dropbox's place in the future of communication, the company has been on a roll this year.
Guetta sent the beat to what became Feeling via the online cloud service Dropbox.
For a service that's beloved by so many people, cloud-storage and syncing service Dropbox is surprisingly controversial.
Dropbox has been rolling out new features pretty regularly over the past couple of weeks but there's no hiding the cloud storage service's shiny new UI.
Cloud storage powerhouse Dropbox has redesigned its website and main interface with welcome new features including an all-powerful 'action bar', a Lightbox photo viewer, better search, and more, the company announced Thursday evening.
A bewildering number of services let computer and smart-phone users store and share files in the Internet's cloud. But one file-hosting service in particular has evoked the kind of devotion ordinarily accorded social-networking services or beloved hardware manufacturers: Dropbox
Dropbox has made its first acquisition, snapping up collaboration start-up Cove as well as its founders, who formerly were executives at Facebook.
Dropbox has made its first acquisition, landing Cove, a start-up from two of Facebook's first engineers.
Today, we're getting our first taste of what's next, and what cofounder and CEO Drew Houston calls Dropbox's mission to solve all of the "hidden problems" that people have with technology, many of which we've simply become accustomed to dealing with.
Works on dozens of devices and a multitude of platforms, including Mac, Windows, iOS gadgets, BlackBerry, Android and even Linux. So much for 'accidentally' leaving work at the office.
The cloud comes to your iPhone with this app that lets you access important documents, photos and music from your Dropbox account
Thanks to its elegant interface, deft courting of new users, and a knack for putting its cute box icon everywhere, Dropbox keeps growing, even as it competes with Apple and Google.
Dropbox epitomizes a revolutionary shift that is transforming our relationship to technology and turning the technology industry upside down: Cloud computing.
Dropbox CEO Drew Houston is listed in the number 10 position on the list of most influential execs on the web
Dropbox took home two of the big awards at this year's Crunchies: Best Cloud Service and Best Overall Startup.
It's hard enough to keep one small-business location operating smoothly. Running six... is the challenge facing SusieCakes, and the reason chief financial officer Houston Striggow turned to Dropbox for Teams.
Drew Houston's wildly popular service allows people to access the latest version of all their digital stuff on any device no matter where they are. Every day 325 million files are saved on Dropbox.
If you want your file sharing to be as simple as dragging and dropping, look no further than Dropbox, our top pick among cloud services for usability.
Moving files around used to be hard. In 2007, Dropbox made it easy.
My #4 company is Dropbox, which has proven that online storage can be easy and pretty much transparent to the user. If you don't use Dropbox, you probably should.
If you use the Dropbox cloud-storage service, you must get its companion app.
Now, instead of standing by as savvy individuals co-opt their technology for the workplace, a handful of consumer-oriented companies such as Google (GOOG) and Dropbox are courting corporate customers.
[The Dropbox] app lets you easily share documents from a computer to the iPad. It's a great service to use anyway, but with the iPad, it's a super-convenient way to access things like PDFs, photos and other documents.
[Dropbox] sounds like a dream, and it is nice to see this particular service being made available to smartphones such as Android-powered devices
Were the new app a kitten, it'd now do back-flips and be 500MB larger for college students. That's right, a 500MB back-flipping kitten. On your phone.
In early 2009, just months after Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi launched Dropbox, a service that promised to sync users' photos, music, and documents across computers, Apple's MobileMe team suggested the pair come by for a chat.
Dropbox has now become a central administrative function of every company I'm involved with. One of the few companies actually worth its batshit-crazy valuation.
[Drew Houston's] simple tool for storing digital stuff is a hit with 50 million users and $240 million sales.
But free alone is usually not good enough when it comes to hosting documents or files online. Other factors play important roles as well, among them security and reliability.
Our annual Best Of series continues with the top 10 Web products that revolutionized old services and created new ones this year.
The file sync service is already widely used in business, but it's only beginning to address team collaboration and IT control.
With 45 million users, Dropbox is a hugely popular cloud storage service. Consumers use it to store photos, documents and other material so they can access it from their PCs, phones, or other devices. But it's much more than that, said Drew Houston, founder and CEO of the company.
"People think of us as a storage folder," Houston said during a conversation with Om Malik during the GigaOM RoadMap 2011 summit in San Francisco. "But that's just chapter one of all the things we want to do."
By any measure Drew Houston and his Dropbox team are having a hugely successful run. In Houston's final Founder Stories episode with TechCrunch editor, Erick Schonfeld, Houston says he plans to maintain this momentum by focusing on mobile, and just about everything else.
Dropbox.com is at the generous end of the spectrum, allowing 300MB transfers.
Dropbox is used in more than 1 million businesses, the company says. But the business usage of Dropbox has up until now been self-serve
Now Dropbox is trying to appease them by selling a service for businesses, Dropbox for Teams, introduced Thursday.
Drew Houston is one of the few people out there who was able to turn down an offer from Steve Jobs. He had good reasons.
Today the San Francisco startup, which began life as a consumer product, is announcing a new service aimed at small and medium sized businesses.
If you use more than one computer or multiple Internet-connected devices, chances are you've heard of (and probably even used) Dropbox, a file-synchronization service.
It's true-Dropbox and HTC are teaming up to give users 5GB of free space. Starting now, anyone running Sense 3.5 will get an additional 3GB of space in their Dropbox account, on top of the free 2GB that everyone gets when signing up.
Every time I'm tempted to write about some tech product that's been around awhile, I'm torn. On one hand, I'll be blasted by the technogeeks for being late to the party. On the other hand, it doesn't seem right to keep something great hidden under a barrel from the rest of the world. So here goes: I love Dropbox.
The mobile professional has myriad devices on which files live, which makes having a dependable syncing program a must. Dropbox (Free, 4 stars) fills that role nicely with an iPad app that complements its desktop and mobile phone products.
Despite growing competition, Houston and Ferdowsi's college project has been growing like a weed -- 300 million files are saved to Dropbox each day, more than the number of tweets posted to Twitter per day.
With millions of users and a valuation some estimate to be in the billions, Dropbox is making thumb drives everywhere quake in their cheap, plastic sheaths.
Drew Houston, who blasted his way onto Apple's radar screen when he reverse-engineered Apple's file system so that his startup's logo, an unfolding box, appeared elegantly tucked inside. Not even an Apple SWAT team had been able to do that.
Everyone in our office likes using this to store and share our files, especially when we're working on a project with writers and editors
MIT graduates, who in years past flocked to the biggest, most prestigious technology and consulting companies to begin their careers, are increasingly taking jobs at start-ups and smaller companies
Dropbox users save more than one milion files to the cloud every five minutes.
CNBC's Jon Fortt reports on Dropbox. Features CEO Drew Houston and a glimpse into the inner workings of this San Francisco start up.
Whether you're just backing up your files or tend to work on several computers, Dropbox is a handy tool for saving and accessing important documents across multiple devices.
Dropbox protects your digital files from crashed hard drives, frozen computers, and misplaced flash drives.
if you put your files into this folder, you can access them from any of your other computers or mobile devices.
The USB thumb drive has all but been replaced by cloud-based services such as Dropbox, which allows students to sync files online.
Dropbox, the startup that makes it super-easy to sync files between your computers, phones, and other devices, is growing. A lot.
Dropbox has become the go-to site for cloud-based file storage and the Android app only adds to its usefulness.
In September 2007, my partner, Arash Ferdowsi, and I learned we had gotten a meeting with Sequoia Capital. We were reluctant, because we were only looking for a few hundred thousand dollars. And we were intimidated - it was like applying to Harvard.
With Dropbox for your mobile device, you can quickly move files from your PC to your phone without having to plug your handset into the computer.
At a Boston bus station in early 2007, Drew Houston opened his laptop to finish some work while waiting for his bus. As he turned on his computer, he froze.
Drew Houston of Dropbox discusses file sharing and storage on its servers.
The co-founders of Dropbox, Drew Houston, and Arash Ferdowsi, in San Francisco, see their service as a way to simplify life.
Dropbox is a perennial favorite among the time-saving web applications that cater to small companies and organizations - mostly because it's so simple.
Dropbox Inc., the Web storage provider with 25 million users, signed deals with mobile carrier Softbank Corp. (9984) and handset maker Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB to attract more customers in Asia and Europe.
Dropbox has an iPhone app, and it's got a great feature tailored just for photographers.
Once upon a time, in the year 2007, Dropbox consisted of two engineers coding in their boxers out of a shared apartment in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
Four-year-old file storage startup Dropbox has experienced explosive growth in the past year, jumping from 5 million users to more than 25 million users.
Dropbox has seen a big surge in users over the past year, how has the company accommodated the rapid growth? It's a combination of architecture and automation.
The Dropbox service gives you 2 gigabytes of free storage for any kind of file, and you can pay for more. You can then move files into your Dropbox folders where they are accessible by all your devices.
In September, 2008, a company named Dropbox opened for business, marketing a simple innovation: it allowed you to upload your files, via an intuitive drag-and-drop method, to remote servers, and to then synch those files with other computers.
Dropbox is quickly and quietly working to merge two disparate worlds: The desktop world and the mobile world.
Dropbox is one of the best file synchronization tools around, but you start out with only 2 GB of space, which isn't always enough to sync music or collaborate with your co-workers. Here's how to increase your storage without paying anything.
Dropbox, the cloud-based storage service, pre-empts your forgetfulness by allowing you to store and share essential files as you create them.
Dropbox, with barely $7m behind it and fewer than 50 employees, is one of the most popular productivity apps on the iPad and has seen users soar from 5m to 25m during the past year.
For the common consumer, the cloud is likely flying right over his or her head. Recognizing that trend, popular cloud startup Dropbox is taking a novel approach to conveying its value
Dropbox is determined to put the sizzle into file sharing and storage on multiple digital devices.
Dropbox's response has been to focus on making the service easier to use than its rivals, and to increase the number of ways customers can use it.
The file-sharing company has passed 25 million users and now has more than 200 million files saved each day.
As many in Silicon Valley know, very few start-ups succeed, and even if they do, even fewer stumble upon the kind of growth Dropbox has in such little time.
Dropbox, a San Francisco start-up whose service helps users sync their files across a multitude of devices, announced some eye-popping growth Monday: it now has 25 million users...
We always hear about hot startups like Foursquare, Instagram, Foodspotting, or GroupMe. But another startup is making more waves than all of these social media companies combined.
Dropbox, the popular cloud file-sharing and back-up tool, is on a tear with 25 million users using the system and 200 million files saved each day...
And it did it all without spending a penny on advertising. Dropbox, the cloud-based file-syncing and file-sharing startup, is clearly one of this year's "it" girls among tech startups.
That's impressive growth from the 4 million users the company had a year ago (they had two million in late 2009).
A company that wants to bring online storage and sharing to the masses? Hardly original, but with numbers like these, Dropbox may do just that.
...one of the best things about Dropbox is that it's open for developers to create clever apps that make the service even more useful.
Dropbox has a simple Web interface and appears on a computer as a folder called "Dropbox." Drag files into the folder, and the service sends them automatically into the cloud for safe-keeping.
...use it to quickly sync files between your devices, and, since it's available anywhere, it provides an easy way to get a hold of information on the go.
Because while e-mailing yourself files is a perfectly decent workaround, there are easier, more elegant ways to move files around...
Lingham pulled out his iPhone and accessed an archived folder from his Dropbox app. And there it was.
The service is useful for coordinating files among desktops, but a boon for mobile devices, which lack access to a file system. Dropbox, in turn, benefits from the expansion of mobile devices with 3G connections...
Houston calls Dropbox "the Internet's desktop." When you download the Dropbox software to your computer, it creates a folder for placing files you want to access from another computer or the Web...
The Dropbox iPhone application has been updated to work better with the iPad. Along with the usual cosmetic changes, it also adds one essential feature: the ability to choose an application with which to open your documents...
On Tuesday the company is announcing a mobile API for developers to build ties to Dropbox's servers into their own apps, as well as formally launching first-party applications for the iPad and Android and BlackBerry devices...