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Is Dropbox's Condoleezza Problem Gone?

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It was supposed to be a feel-good week for Dropbox. CEO Drew Houston unveiled a handsome stack of new, well-received products. Then he invited Condoleezza Rice to serve on his board.

We’ll get to that problem in a second, first a recap of the other Dropbox announcements.

It was with great delight last Wednesday that Houston introduced Carousel, a place in the Cloud where you could store the pictures and videos of your life and access them from any device. The user experience is not only delightful, but it also has some interesting filters and features which, in comparison, make Instagram less cool.

Dropbox's Enterprise Invasion Starts Now

And there’s a prize inside …

Hey CIO, you can stop pulling out your hair, Dropbox is going to help you gain control of your rogue company files.

There’s no one that can do this the way Dropbox can -- they claim 275 million (passionate) users.

Dropbox Bought Readmill - We Know Why

Or at least we think we know why.

On Friday, as you were heading out for happy hour, we found out that Dropbox had acquired Readmill, a reading app that allows users to do things like highlight passages, take notes and share notes as they read, discuss passages and so on.

Is Box Really All That?

Levie's Socks.jpgAll eyes are on Box as the world waits for the file sync and share startup to reveal its financials in preparation for its pre-IPO road show.

Today, at SXSW, Box CEO Aaron Levie revealed that Ashton Kutcher (yes, the Ashton Kutcher) and Guy Oseary (Madonna’s manager) have invested in his company. The investment happened in December, but why announce it then when you can do it just before IPO-time?

Opportune, no?

On Friday Bloomberg reported that the company plans to make its prospectus public in the next few weeks.

Does Dropbox for Business Have a Secret Weapon?

Dropbox for Business launched in the middle of last year, rebranding its "Teams" product to appeal more to the larger enterprise customers. Since then uptake has been steady, with Dropbox claiming 4 million business users worldwide. But in an increasingly crowded marketplace how does Dropbox stand out?

Exclusive: EMC Syncplicity is About to Cozy Up to SharePoint #SPC14

Some cloud-based file sync and share vendors bill themselves as replacements for SharePoint. Syncplicity isn’t one of them.

The rockin’ hot EMC subsidiary has all of the good things that great start-ups are known for, plus a keen understanding of how enterprises operate and their requirements.

Dropbox Gets Big Bucks, Box Gets Talent, Syncplicity Gets Analytical

These are golden days for enterprise (and wanna be enterprise) IT vendors, especially for those that offer consumer-like experiences in the cloud.

You don’t have to look any further than the (now confirmed) $350 million Dropbox raised last month to prove it. That puts the file sync and share vendor’s valuation at over $10 billion. It’s a pretty hefty sum for any company, let alone one which may be giving many of its products/services away for free.

That being said, Dropbox is loved by the masses; last November it reported that it had 200 million registered users. It’s safe to assume that most of them registered as individuals versus as members of corporations.
 

Look Out Box, EMC Syncplicity, IBM: Could $250M Fill Dropbox's Enterprise Gap?

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Dropbox wants to be the cloud solution enterprises turn to for online file sharing, but there’s a problem. At many companies, workers are prohibited from accessing the service. “It’s blocked,” were the two words we heard most often this morning when we asked a few dozen people to enter the site from their offices.

This is both a problem and an opportunity for Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. And if reports are correct, he has a big pile of cash to throw at it.

5 Apps to Simplify Email #OccupyYourInbox

Email isn't going away, no matter how hard we try. So instead of fighting it, I've decided to simplify it. Here are five apps I've tried to tame the email beast. 

Box, LinkedIn, Evernote, DocuSign All Debut Salesforce1 Apps #DF13

Box, LinkedIn, Evernote, Docusign + Others Debut Salesforce1 Apps #df13A handful of Salesforce partners revealed their Salesforce1 apps this week at the annual Dreamforce convention in San Francisco, including Evernote, Box, LinkedIn, DocuSign and about a dozen others. But that doesn't mean they are ready to use.

One Dropbox for Business, Personal Accounts

Dropbox for Business Integrates Personal AccountsDigital workers are constantly discovering ways to run work apps on their own mobile devices. But Dropbox is addressing the reverse problem with its latest update.

Dropbox for Business accounts can now access personal accounts so people can access their own files next to the ones they use for work. Convenient — or two worlds colliding?

Weekend Reads: Dropbox vs. SharePoint + How Technology Changes Media & Entertainment

Weekend Reads: Dropbox vs. SharePoint + How Technology Changes Media & EntertainmentThe leaves are changing, the air is crisp. Fall has arrived. Whether you've just returned from your morning hike or you are still laying under your covers, waiting for the sun to warm up your house, what better way to kick off your Saturday than with our weekend reads. This week we talked Dropbox and SharePoint -- who wins for best file sharing solution? We also took a look at how technology is changing media and entertainment and discussed how communities can help delight customers. So, sit back, relax and enjoy our weekend reads. 

Dropbox vs. SharePoint: What's The Right Document Sharing Solution for You?

file sharing, sharepoint, dropbox, google drive A battle is being silently waged between IT personnel and business users over the way important business documents get shared at work. 

Box Pushes 10GB Free Cloud Storage, Offers 100GB to Small Biz

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It's been a little quiet on the cloud storage front recently, we had a barrage of storage increases earlier in the year, but expect things to heat up again as Box gets the number balls rolling. 

Forrester Report: File Sync + Share Buyer Tactics Revealed

Forrester Report: File Sync + Share Buyer Tactics RevealedBetween 2010 and 2012, business use of file sync and share services grew at a monstrous rate, and a recent Forrester Wave outlined some of the segment leaders. Now there's even more details about how vendors really chose those leading companies.

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