TechCrunch #HACKDISRUPT has already declared its winners namely, ‘QuickActions,’ first runner-up ‘PitchPal’ and the second runner-up as ‘Harvest.’ However, the main event of the week is still the startup seed funding, that is going to be hosted on the 21st, 22nd and the 23rd of this month.
It is not just the startup ideas that people are looking forward to, but also the experienced startup owners, venture capitalists and others coming to light the way to success. Some of the well-known names that will generate a knowledgeable atmosphere in the alleyway are: Parker Conrad, Helen Greiner, Yuri Milner, Alan & Sarah Schaaf, Nick Woodman, Snoop Dogg and many more.
What caught our attention, though, was the announcement made recently by TechCrunch on Dropbox CEO Drew Houston was honouring the stage by answering all the questions raised towards it, by telling the Dropbox story. According to TechCrunch, “There are dozens of questions for Dropbox, and we’re super excited to announce that CEO Drew Houston will be at Disrupt SF 2015 to answer those questions on-stage.”
Dropbox has always been the apple of everyone’s eyes in the Tech World, before it got attacked from all four corners by companies providing similar services as Dropbox. And while it would be exciting to hear it from Drew Houston himself, here is the Dropbox story, from one landmark to another.
In 2007, Dropbox founder, Drew Houston, thought of creating a service wherein data can be stored and accessed from everywhere. He wanted to make this personally for himself as it was his habit to forget carrying the pen drive, with all the information stored in it. After this technology was created, he wondered if it could help others as much as it did to him. Thinking of that, Houston and Arash Ferdowsi geared up to co-found a firm that would allow some space, on cloud, to every user.
Dropbox went through many changes to reach the peak of success. The first struggle they faced was the domain name, which remained ‘getDropbox.com’ from 2007 to 2009, when it got the required URL, ‘Dropbox.com’. During that 2 years period, Dropbox had already achieved some funding from the big names in the field like; Y Combinator and TechCrunch50.
As a mark of its growth, in 2011, Dropbox signed a deal with the Japanese Mobile companies like Softbank and Sony Ericsson, to make the Dropbox app a default part of their devices. This was a reviving news for Dropbox, like it had struck gold, after the 2010 distressful news of Dropbox being banned in China. In 2012, Dropbox got the chance to affiliate with Facebook and the same year, Dropbox announced its number of users to have risen to 100 Million. This figure rose to be 200 Million users, in one year. As of 2013, Dropbox became responsible for 0.29% of the worldwide Internet traffic.
In 2014, Dropbox’s ban, in China, had lifted for a period of 2 months only, lifting the hopes and making them fall at the same time. It can be said that 2014-15 was an year of experimentation in the life of Dropbox as it started acquiring startups, affiliating with technologies and more.
As TechCrunch says, “Dropbox is perhaps one of the companies in the toughest position in Silicon Valley right now. It’s been a darling in the eyes of the tech industry, rising to a $10 billion valuation as of last year. But since then, the company has found its online storage business under attack from all sides from giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft.”
There are dozens of questions for Dropbox, and we’re super excited to announce that CEO Drew Houston will be at Disrupt SF 2015 to answer those questions on-stage.”