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...