Everything you ever wanted to know about: Dropbox
Posted on 2 Jun ’11
Similar to my post on Angry Birds and others on startups, I continue my enthusiasm for startup companies that have been very successful, but have also filled a large functional gap. Today I am looking at Dropbox.com.
Dropbox is a “free” (that’s right you get your first 2GB for free) online storage service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students, who no longer wanted to share files by email, which many of us still do today. The startup itself was mentored through the YCombinator program.
When I started using Dropbox, I was very sceptical, but I am completely reliant on it now. For example, I use it to keep all the material for my blog and various posts, and I have it installed everywhere (mac, pc, laptop, mobile etc) for easy access. I am sure it works wonderfully if used in a team collaboration context also.
I know you will have already used or will be using Dropbox soon, so here is all the interesting articles on Dropbox that are worth checking out if you want to know more about the startup itself:
- Dropbox launched officially @TechCrunch50, as one of the most successful startups in 2008.
- Dropbox announced their public launch in later 2008, as per their blog, with overwhelming success.
- They launched v1.0 in 2010 with some nifty features like selective syncing and attribute syncing.
- The Dropbox business model, and its freemium service.
- The Dropbox model of Innovative Consumption (as mentioned in the New Yorker in 2011)
- Dropbox case study (video)
- How did they develop their customer acquisition model (video) – check out this presentation by Drew Houston, one of the founders.
- Some simple Dropbox stats for you numbers hounds from Mashable.
- How they used crowd-sourced feature voting to bring customer feedback driven development to a new level using Votebox.
- A cool tour of the dropbox offices.
- Why dropbox has the best features (according to BusinessInsider).
- The economics and freeconomics of Dropbox.
- A comparison of Box.net and Dropbox – main competitors in the online storage business.
- A guide to using dropbox.
As I come across more, I will try to keep this post updated. However feel free to add your own interesting articles through the comments below.