Truth be told, Dropbox is the companies that best work in the cloud today. Have succeeded in creating a reliable and easy to use that falls to almost all who try it. Even now, many of us who use Apple products is in doubt whether icloud eventually engulfing Dropbox in the future in the ecosystem of the block. Only a matter of time more and more applications take advantage of the cloud service from Apple for setting aside local storage.
The really curious thing is that according to Drew Houston told one of the founders of Dropbox, the Forbes Apple was willing to acquire the company in 2009. It was Steve Jobs himself who invited this fellow Arash Ferdowsi and his Infinite Loop office to discuss the possible purchase where Jobs got to put a nine-digit number on the table. The two partners would not accept the proposal based on their desire to make the startup then continue rising to current levels.
The reaction of the then CEO of Apple, while a cup of tea taken was to laugh and argue that they were going after that market, meaning that sooner or later launch a similar system. In fact, one of Jobs’ claims was not seen as a product Dropbox in itself but as a feature. How well they fit the above with what has come to be icloud ! Indeed, a full service storage in the cloud that includes syncing documents as one of its main strengths.
Anyway, despite that the company has finished the block overlapping to Dropbox on certain issues, I do not think that the latter have much to fear. In the same article quoted above Forbes given some insight to the success of Dropbox and is enviable: over 50 million users, an estimated income of $ 240 million at the end of the year and only 70 employees. All this knowing that their system is based on a large base of customers who do not pay a penny for the service, unlike the 4% that does.