Dropbox Review and History

Dropbox is a web-based data provider service operated by Dropbox, Inc. network storage systems use Dropbox that allows users to store and share data and files with other users across the internet using data synchronization. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi with initial capital is obtained from Y Combinator.

Dropbox provides services either free or paid, each with varying benefits. The Dropbox is also launching a "Dropbox for Teams", a service of Dropbox which is devoted to business groups or other groups who need services to control the centralized administration, bills, etc. "Dropbox for Teams" remain available on the web site, but the price offered is different with other Dropbox service.

When compared with other, similar service Dropbox offers a relatively large number of users, with the use of a variety of operating systems, both for mobile devices and the desktop. There are different versions for various operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (official or unofficial). And there are also different versions for mobile devices, including Android, Windows Phone 7, iPhone, iPad, WebOS, and Blackberry, and web-based clients. Dropbox uses financial models Freemium, and services available to provide 2 GB of free online storage. Those users who recommend Dropbox to others can increase storage capacity up to 8 GB. The main competitors of Dropbox, among others, Mediafire.com,box.net, CloudMe, FilesAnywhere, CrashPlan, Egnyte, iCloud, Mozy, and SugarSync, SpiderOak, TitanFile, Ubuntu One, the Wuala, Windows Live SkyDrive and ZumoDrive.

Founder of Dropbox, Drew Houston gained the ideas for Dropbox after his USB Drive a couple of times is left behind when he was a student at MIT. He said that the services available when it was troubled by the use of the internet that is not maximized, the size of large data, the number of errors and mistakes, as well as cumbersome and confusing to many people. He then began to create something for himself, but then realized that this could benefit other people having the same problem. Houston then set up Dropbox, Inc. in 2007, and not long after getting the initial funding from Y Combinator. Dropbox is officially launched at TechCrunch50 event, an annual Technology Conference in 2008.

Due to the existence of a dispute concerning trademarks between Evenflow (company that includes Dropbox) and Proxy, Inc., the official domain name of Dropbox is getdropbox.com "" until October 2009, and then finally they managed to get their domain name at this time, "dropbox.com".

In December 2010 market share Reports, OPSWAT report that Dropbox has mastered 10.41% of the Backup Client markets around the world, based on figures for the installation of Dropbox.

In May 2011, Dropbox make deals with mobile service providers from Japan, Softbank and Sony Ericsson. One part of the agreement is Dropbox will be available on their mobile devices. A year earlier, in May 2010, users of Dropbox in China's difficulty in accessing Dropbox. Not long after, Dropbox confirmed that they have been blocked in China. When you look at the fact that much of the censorship in China occurred at a popular service and have big names, then this may be evidence of how rapid the popularity of Dropbox and the number of users in the international sphere.

And in October 2011, Dropbox has had more than 50 million users. Dropbox has received venture capital funds with a total of $ 257,2 million from several investors, including Y Combinator, Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.
 ased on speculation, the value of the Dropbox reached more than $ 1 billion. TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Business Insider and the Financial Post also estimate the future value of the Dropbox can reach $ 5 to $ 10 billion.

Annual income from the Dropbox reached $ 240 million in 2011. Dropbox is based in San Francisco, and is funded by Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, and Amidzad. Starting from mid-2009, they started issuing new features incrementally serves to measure consumer interest in the technique, called the Lean Startup.

Dropbox offers a free account with 2 GB of data capacity and a paid account with a capacity of 50 GB and 100 GB, special group and account data with a capacity of 1 TB or more. Either free or paid account has exactly the same, the difference is the amount of storage capacity that is offered. Provides free accounts for users takes a lot of cost to the Dropbox, but although Dropbox continues to provide facilities for a free account, since it is able to provide many advantages for Dropbox. Drew Houston, Dropbox has been CEO of the pass that:

"The growth of our many caused by promotion, Word of mouth or viral. So free users are still very useful: we can grow by leaps and bounds, and they introduced the Dropbox to people who might want to pay "
"Choosing the right duration was difficult, and people keep different data in their Dropbox, a lot of users who start using a paid account after you have a free account for a long time."

In October 2011, Forbes announced that Dropbox has had 50 million users, of which 96% of his using a free account.
In some short time, Dropbox operates an affiliate program which facilitates third parties, i.e. customers of Dropbox, get a little injection of funds from the income of Dropbox. But the program was terminated on November 5, 2009, as it does not give good results. Dropbox also provides the following: description

"We believe that our efforts as a company is better spent on improvements to the product and providing Dropbox features that our customers need."
"Because we are just a small company, we have to be very selective about what projects we are working on, and the affiliate program sounds is not a wise choice to our resources."

In 2009, Dropbox is implementing a program references that can encourage users to tell their friends about the Dropbox. This referral Program has two sides that encourages users to share info about Dropbox: people who sign up for Dropbox referral links through getting more data capacity than usual, and your registration (which provide reference links) too get more storage capacity. Based on what was said in Houston Drew Startup Lessons Learnt Conference on April 23, 2010, the referral program was inspired by the Paypal Sign Up Bonus program. This resulted in a Referral Program is a huge success, and permanently increasing the number of applicants up to 60%, with the number of the reference accounts by 35% upon registration on a daily basis. 30 days prior to presentation at the Conference, Dropbox users estimate that they have sent 2.8 million invitations referrals to their friends.

Either server or desktop clients Dropbox are written in Python. Dropbox uses Amazon's S3 storage system for storing data; Although Houston has stated that Dropbox may change to other storage services provider someday. Dropbox also use SSL to transfer and store data synchronization via encryption AES-256.

Dropbox client allows users to put any data into a file, which can then be linked with internet service Dropbox and the computers and devices that are owned by other users, which also has a client Dropbox. Users can also upload data manually via a web browser. Dropbox can be an alternative of sneakernet (physical transportation via removable media), and other traditional forms of data transfer, such as FTP or e-mail attachments.

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