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Dropbox Could Have One of 2017’s Most Interesting IPOs

MIT Technology Review, 1/3/2017

CEO and cofounder Drew Houston is leading a new strategic charge. In addition to selling utilities to keep digital files safe and accessible, Dropbox intends to offer software that businesspeople use for hours each day to create content and get work done.

Technology, wellbeing and work

The Economist, 12/22/2016

Levels of disengagement at work have been growing for some time, as expectations of work-life balance shift, and the nature of modern work changes. Of particular concern are a growing number of surveys and studies producing worrying findings about the levels of stress, anxiety and disengagement at work. One of the most alarming, a Gallup poll from 2013, claimed that only 30% of employees were ‘engaged’ at work.

Drew Houston turned a lost USB drive into a $10 billion business and learned a lot about life along the way

Business Insider, 12/16/2016

Drew Houston came up with the idea for Dropbox on a bus ride during college, when he really wanted to access some files he'd left on a USB drive somewhere else... That was more than nine years ago. Since then, Houston has been thrust into the spotlight as the leader of one of the fastest-growing cloud services in the world, with more than 500 million users, up from 100 million just four years ago.

Dropbox is now available on the Xbox One

Engadget, 12/12/2016

Dropbox has long said it wants to be available on whichever platforms people use to get things done. That's why it has done so much to integrate with Microsoft Office over the years, for example. But the latest place you'll find Dropbox is nonetheless unexpected: The company just launched an app for the Xbox One.

Dropbox Business [Review]

PC Magazine, 12/12/2016

For an all-purpose, business class cloud storage and file sharing solution, Dropbox Business is an excellent solution and fully deserves the PCMag Editors' Choice designation.

Dropbox boosts mobile productivity with offline folder support

PC World, 12/7/2016

Users who need to make sure they can get access to files stored in Dropbox while they're on the go and away from the web have a new feature to help with that. The company announced that users of its mobile apps will soon be able to save files locally for use offline.

How to build a unicorn: Drew Houston, Dropbox

Silicon Republic, 12/1/2016

Named as one of MIT Technology Review’s top innovators under 35, Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston sat down with Ann O’Dea for an in-depth chat by a digital fireside.

Review: Dropbox Business Plays Well in the Enterprise

BizTech, 11/21/2016

Dropbox Business takes the easy-to-use features in the consumer version of the app and couples them with a back end that emphasizes security and user management. From a user perspective, almost no training is needed. Files can simply be dropped into place, or automatic syncing options can remove even that bit of manual labor.

Dropbox updates AdminX and Paper, adds regional accelerators to expand infrastructure

ZDNet, 11/16/2016

Dropbox on Wednesday announced new administrative capabilities, enhancements to its Paper note-taking tool and an expansion of its global infrastructure across the US, Europe, and Asia.

Dropbox Business updates focus on increasing enterprise security credibility

TechCrunch, 11/16/2016

Dropbox is getting much more serious about its Dropbox Business product, and today it announced a partnership with security vendor Symantec as part of a broader update to its business products designed to make it more attractive to larger businesses.

Dropbox is all in on collaborative work, COO Dennis Woodside says

Recode, 11/15/2016

Woodside described the company’s goal as bridging “the file world and the file-less world,” meaning making it easy for teams to collaborate both internally and with outside partners. Dropbox itself runs its day-to-day meetings, proposals and pitches on Dropbox Paper, a collaborative editing app.

How Dropbox solves design conundrums: Q&A with Design Manager Anisha Jain

Justinmind, 11/15/2016

Dropbox’s Anisha Jain talks enterprise software design, prototyping interfaces that bring teams together, and why being a Design Manager is kind of like being a school science teacher.

Bridging Consumer and the Enterprise: Dropbox COO Dennis Woodside [Video]

The Information, 11/7/2016

The Information's Amir Efrati interviews Dropbox COO Dennis Woodside about how the cloud storage company "pivoted" from being a consumer tech company to a consumer-enterprise hybrid, using's trajectory as a model for how to move up the market to bigger customers.

Dropbox pushes further into education by partnering with Blackboard

Engadget, 10/25/2016

Dropbox is continuing to make the education market a priority as it looks for new customers. About six months after introducing its first product aimed specifically at schools, the company is announcing a new partnership with Blackboard Learn, one of the most widely-used "virtual learning" applications out there. If you haven't used Blackboard Learn before, it's a tool that makes it easier for students to collaborate and for professors to build an online home for their coursework.

Dropbox is now a must-have iOS app due to these new features

CIO, 10/20/2016

Thanks to a new iOS update, Dropbox is now an even more useful mobile document tool, instead an app that simply lets you access and sync files.

Dropbox brings in former EA global marketing head as CMO

The Drum, 10/19/2016

File sharing brand Dropbox has announced the appointment of Carolyn Feinstein as its new chief marketing officer. Feinstein has been in the industry for more than two decades, heading up Electronic Arts’ (EA) global marketing team as SVP until 2014. Here she was responsible for brand campaigns such as Fifa, The Sims and Battlefield, before leaving to become VP of marketing for Pure Storage.

Dropbox CTO Aditya Agarwal Discusses the Future of Work

CMSWire, 10/17/2016

The Future of Work is about end users, not enterprise vs. consumer. "You don't have to choose between the two. That is a false choice," said Agarwal. "The right question to ask is, 'What is the best tool to get the job done? People want software that is easy to understand, simple to use and provides an elegant, delightful experience without training."

Dropbox cofounder Arash Ferdowsi passes off CTO role to VP of engineering

Business Insider, 10/13/2016

Dropbox has promoted its VP of engineering, Aditya Agarwal, as its new CTO, putting him in the position that's been held by cofounder Arash Ferdowsi since the company's launch in 2007. Although Ferdowsi will step back from running the day-to-day technical side of the company, Dropbox says he will continue to be involved in all aspects of the business, including product, technology, and recruiting.

Dropbox Wants To Make Working From Your Smartphone Even Easier

Fast Company, 10/11/2016

Dropbox is launching a number of new tools to make how you work a little easier. Following updates to its iOS app in June, the latest version, launching today, is packed with four new features the company says will make collaborating with coworkers from iPhone 7s even simpler.

What's Driving Dropbox's Growth? [Video]

Bloomberg, 10/5/2016

Thomas Hansen, global vice president of revenue at Dropbox, discusses the company's growth, plans for Asia and their partnerships. He speaks to Bloomberg's Angie Lau on "Asia Edge."

Dropbox granted Privacy Shield certification

CloudPro, 9/29/2016

Dropbox has achieved Privacy Shield certification, meaning customers are protected when their data is transferred from the EU to the US.

Dropbox Business offers European cloud storage with AWS

V3, 9/26/2016

Dropbox Business has announced that customers can now choose to have data stored in Europe as part of ongoing efforts by cloud providers to broaden their location offerings into specific jurisdictions.

Forbes Cloud 100: Meet The Private Companies Leading Cloud Computing In 2016

Forbes, 9/7/2016

From messaging to security and accounting to construction, cloud computing is transforming how companies do business and leaving new billion-dollar categories in its wake. Despite its newness as a category, some cloud companies have already gone public, introducing Wall Street and Main Street investors alike to the benefits of steady subscription revenue and predictable bookings. But the shift to the cloud is often happening at its fastest in the ranks of startups and privately-held cloud companies following fast on their heels. Nowhere is that more evident than among the top 10 of the first-ever Forbes Cloud 100 for 2016.

Dropbox delivering on safe collaboration

CSO, 8/30/2016

In just a few short years, file sync services such as Dropbox have become an essential part of the business landscape. As well as making life easier for mobile workers, needing access to their documents from multiple devices as they move around, they’ve become a foundation component for collaboration services.

Dropbox’s CFO is departing for health reasons, with a key deputy taking over

Recode, 8/19/2016

Dropbox CFO Vanessa Wittman is stepping down due to what the San Francisco-based storage company described as “health reasons.” She’ll be replaced by a key financial deputy Ajay Vashee on Sept. 1. “We’re grateful for everything Vanessa has done for the company,” said Dropbox in a blog post and also in an internal memo from its co-founders, CEO Drew Houston and CTO Arash Ferdowsi, to employees. “She’s a beloved and inspiring leader at Dropbox, and we’ll really miss her.”

Here's How Dropbox Is Maturing [Video]

Fortune, 8/9/2016

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.

Adidas Group launches on Dropbox Enterprise for “seamless collaboration”

CloudTech, 8/8/2016

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.

Think older workers struggle with technology? Think again

CIO, 8/3/2016

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.

This is the Coolest App Logo You Will See All Day

Inc., 8/3/2016

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.

Dropbox's Paper Is Now Open To Everyone And Available On Mobile

Fast Company, 8/3/2016

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.

Dropbox's New Headquarters Has a Room for Every Mood

Fast Company, 7/27/2016

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.

Dropbox aims for enterprise with new team and IT admin features

NetworkWorld, 7/27/2016

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.

Dropbox levels up its features for administrators

PCWorld, 7/27/2016

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.

Dropbox steps up to business users with AdminX, plans device management

TechCrunch, 7/27/2016

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.

Dropbox and Egnyte move to leaders section in Gartner EFSS Magic Quadrant

CloudTech, 7/22/2016

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.

Dropbox’s Lepton lossless image compression really uses a ‘middle-out’ algorithm

TechCrunch, 7/14/2016

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.

Diversity advice from the experts: diversity inclusion after hiring

ComputerWeekly, 7/12/2016

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.

Dropbox helps soothe Deliveroo growing pains

The Australian, 7/12/2016

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 Says Controlling its Own Tech Makes it Faster, Nimbler

Fortune, 7/11/2016

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.

Dropbox reveals aggressive channel recruitment

ChannelPro, 7/4/2016

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 Adds Document Scanning, Creation Tools in Corporate Push

Bloomberg, 6/22/2016

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 unveils document tools to lure business customers

Financial Times, 6/22/2016

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.

Dropbox Announces New Tools To Make Collaboration Easier For Businesses

FastCompany, 6/22/2016

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 enhances its productivity tools across the board

PCWorld, 6/22/2016

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.

Dropbox CEO Pushes Toward Profitability in a ‘Post-Unicorn Era’

Bloomberg, 6/14/2016

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: We Can Go Public on Our Own Timeline [Video]

Bloomberg Markets, 6/14/2016

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."

Dropbox says it is cash flow positive, in no rush to IPO

TechCrunch, 6/14/2016

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.”

Collaboration makes flexible workers happier

CloudPro, 6/8/2016

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.

HP Enterprise, Dropbox Team Up to Help Each Other Expand

Wall Street Journal, 6/7/2016

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 steps ups European commitment with local signing

Business Cloud News, 6/2/2016

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.

The Dropbox approach versus Box [Video]

CNBC, 6/2/2016

Global Vice President of Revenue for Dropbox Thomas Hansen, discusses the battle for cloud storage.

How Dropbox Moved 500PB Of Customer Files Off AWS

InformationWeek, 6/1/2016

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.

Dropbox had a 'no mistakes' policy with a ticking clock as it moved off Amazon

Business Insider, 5/26/2016

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.

Dropbox Strengthens Mobile Support, Gets Closer to IBM

Fortune, 5/25/2016

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.

CIO interview: Cloud a necessity at News Corp

ComputerWeekly, 5/24/2016

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.

Dropbox’s Magic Pocket with James Cowling [Podcast]

Software Engineering Daily, 5/17/2016

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.

Find, Vet and Close the Best Product Managers

First Round Review, 5/16/2016

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 goes off to college with new Education service

PCWorld, 5/10/2016

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.

Dropbox launches Education offering, costs $49 per user per year

VentureBeat, 5/10/2016

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 takes another step into the office

The Times, 5/3/2016

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.

Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs joins Dropbox board

Re/code, 5/2/2016

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’s Ease Of Use Is ‘Essential’ To Attracting More UK Businesses

TechWeek Europe, 4/28/2016

Dropbox believes that making its cloud platform as easy to use as possible will help it sign up more European businesses as customers. The company held its first European customer event in London this week and claims that since it opened its office in the capital 18 months ago, business has grown tenfold. In three weeks’ time, it will move to larger premises to accommodate the growth.

Expedia supports global workforce collaboration for 18,000 users with Dropbox cloud file storage, eyes Project Infinite

Computerworld UK, 4/27/2016

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.

Dropbox’s latest idea could change the way you think about cloud storage

TechCrunch, 4/26/2016

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 wants to stretch desktop file storage to infinity

PCWorld, 4/26/2016

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.

Davidson College chooses Dropbox over rival services

CloudPro, 4/18/2016

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.

Using Cloud Technology in Rare Disease Research: Interview with CEGIR Principal Investigator

Medgadget, 4/15/2016

"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).

How Dropbox Is Changing The Music Business

Forbes, 4/12/2016

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.

You can now share Dropbox files directly in Facebook Messenger

VentureBeat, 4/11/2016

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.

Dropbox Extends Reach with New Ingram Micro Distribution Agreement

Talkin' Cloud, 4/11/2016

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.

Can Dropbox Live Up to $10 Billion Valuation? [Video]

Bloomberg West, 4/8/2016

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 and Ta-Ku celebrate collaboration

Marketing Mag, 4/7/2016

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.

Contractor Uses Digital Framework to Reduce Costs

CIO Insight, 4/6/2016

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.

Video: Tech leaders talk to high school students about forming their own companies

KRON4, 4/5/2016

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: Turning IT from dictators to facilitators with cloud data control

Computer Business Review, 4/1/2016

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.

Dropbox Rides BYOD Wave into the Channel

Redmond Channel Partner, 3/30/2016

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).

Dropbox on Android now lets you open PDF files in Adobe Acrobat Reader

VentureBeat, 3/29/2016

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.

Dropbox partner ecosystem helps with security, shadow IT

TechTarget, 3/17/2016

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.

The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire

WIRED, 3/14/2016

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.

Dropbox hits half a billion users

ZDNet, 3/8/2016

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 teams up with AARNet and CAUDIT

ARN, 3/1/2016

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."

Dropbox partnership to lift female employment

The Australian, 2/16/2016

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.

Servcorp turns to Dropbox for collaboration

Computerworld, 2/12/2016

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.

Dropbox Will Host European Customer Data With AWS In Germany

TechWeekEurope, 2/11/2016

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 opens Benelux office in Amsterdam

Telecompaper, 2/11/2016

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.

Dropbox CEO, new diversity chief address goals with more 'firepower'

USA Today, 1/28/2016

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.

Tech, auto companies join forces to thwart patent trolls

San Francisco Chronicle, 1/28/2016

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.

Dropbox adds real-time collaboration for Office Online docs

Engadget, 1/27/2016

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 just released a native Windows 10 app for tablets

Engadget, 1/21/2016

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.

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What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is a service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere, and share them easily. Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your phone or tablet, and the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it easy to share with others. And if your computer melts down, you can restore all your files from the Dropbox website with a couple clicks.

  • Wherever you are. Put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show off videos from anywhere.
  • Share with confidence. Share photos with friends. Work with your team like you're using a single computer. Everything's automatically private, so you control who sees what.
  • Safe and secure. Even if your phone goes for a swim, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox and can be restored in a snap. Dropbox secures your files with AES-256 bit encryption and two-step verification.
  • Dropbox Business. Millions of people use Dropbox at work. With Dropbox Business, get the power and security of Dropbox plus robust admin controls, dedicated support, and space for sharing and collaboration.

Global growth

  • Dropbox has more than 500 million registered users.
  • Over 200,000 businesses and organizations are using Dropbox Business.
  • Over 3.3 billion sharing connections have been created with Dropbox.
  • People save 1.2 billion files to Dropbox every 24 hours.
  • Dropbox is supported in 20 languages with users in over 200 countries and territories.
  • Dropbox is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Austin, Dublin, Herzliya, London, New York, Paris, Seattle, Sydney, Hamburg, and Tokyo.

Company background

  • Founded: June 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi.
  • Launched: September 2008 as a simple way to bring your files anywhere and share them easily.
  • Dropbox Business: In 2011, we began offering a service built for teams. This became the foundation for Dropbox Business, which launched in 2013. Giving companies visibility and control over critical business data, Dropbox Business is streamlining collaboration every day for teams large and small.
  • Dropbox Platform: Using the Dropbox platform, developers have built integrations with Facebook, Yahoo, 1Password, Autodesk, Adobe EchoSign, Notability, CareerBuilder, Vimeo, HP, DocuSign, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, Samsung and more. In December 2014, Dropbox released the Dropbox Business API alongside more than 20 enterprise integrations to make Dropbox Business a more powerful and secure solution for business collaboration.

The story of Dropbox

Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. Frustrated by working from multiple computers, Drew was inspired to create a service that would let people bring all their files anywhere, with no need to email around attachments. Drew coded a demo of Dropbox and showed it to fellow MIT student Arash Ferdowsi, who dropped out with only one semester left to help make Dropbox a reality. Guiding their decisions was a relentless focus on crafting a simple and reliable experience across every computer and phone.

How Dropbox works

Dropbox makes all your files available to you from any computer or phone. It's as easy as adding any file to your Dropbox folder. You can start working at the office and finish from home without ever needing to think about where your files are - they are always with you.

Joining Dropbox is easy: installing the Dropbox software (for Windows, Mac or Linux) creates a special folder on your computer. Anything you add to this Dropbox folder will automatically save to all your computers and to the Dropbox website. You can also invite people to share any folder in your Dropbox. This makes Dropbox perfect for team projects or sharing with family or friends - it's as if you are saving straight to their desktop. The Dropbox mobile apps let you take your life on the road. And because Dropbox keeps a one month history of your work, you can go back in time to fix mistakes or rescue deleted files.

Dropbox offers 2 GB free to start and you can earn up to 16 GB additional space for referring friends, or upgrade to a Pro account with up to 1 TB and 32 GB for referrals. Dropbox Business offers space for your team to share and collaborate. Learn more at

Press Releases

Dropbox Announces Deep Integration with New Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Note II

August 30, 2012

Dropbox, a free service that lets you bring your documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, today announced a deep integration with the recently released Samsung Galaxy Camera and Galaxy Note II. With these integrations, Dropbox users can now enjoy a seamless content syncing experience across all Samsung devices.

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Dropbox Introduces Links For Extremely Simple, Fast Sharing

April 23, 2012

Dropbox, a free service that lets people bring their documents, photos, and videos anywhere and share them easily, today announced an even easier way for people to instantly share the things that matter most, with just a link. Now documents, photos, and videos can be shared simply by creating and sending a link to friends, family, or colleagues, whether they are Dropbox users or not.

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Dropbox Now Open for Business

October 27, 2011

Dropbox, a free service that lets people bring their documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, today introduced Dropbox for Teams. More than 45 million people already depend on Dropbox, and with Dropbox for Teams, businesses can now experience the same ease-of-use along with new administrative controls, centralized billing, phone support, and plenty of space for everyone on the team.

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Dropbox Raises $250 Million in Series B Funding

October 18, 2011

Dropbox, a service that lets people bring their documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, announced today that it has completed a $250 million Series B financing. The company will use the funds to accelerate its rapid growth, make acquisitions, pursue strategic partnerships, and grow the team.

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Dropbox Reveals Tremendous Growth With Over 200 Million Files Saved Daily by More Than 25 Million People

April 18, 2011

Dropbox, a free service that lets people bring their documents, photos and videos anywhere and share them easily, announced today that more than 25 million people have joined Dropbox and are using it to save more than 200 million files every day. These files are available from any computer, smartphone or iPad.

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