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Dropbox’ Greatest Threat Is NOT Apple.

01 March 2012 by Oo

I read a post on PandoDaily written by Farhad Manjoo.  In it, he outlined his fear for dropbox in surviving as a sustainable business.

In summary, he stated two things:

  1. Backing up files is getting outdated, and backing up the state of a computer is where ‘backupus’ are heading. Although he agreed that, technically, dropbox might be able to execute on that (backing the state of the computer), he suggested, dropbox would not have permission or blessing of Apple to do that on their computers. And since Apple now has a huge portion of the personal computing, they in essence will be their obstacle to victory.

  2. Storage is becoming a commodity. Therefore, in the near future, people will not be willing to pay a premium for storage as they are doing presently for dropbox

I think Farhad may have misjudged the future on which his premise is based. He has imagined a future where most computing will be done on the OS’ we grew up with (Windows, Mac, Linux) and the ones we are growing with (iOS, Android, BB).

In my post highlighting the forked up state of the Android ecosystem, I ended by saying that Chrome OS was Google’s backup because, the open web is OS of the future.  Mozilla is already positioning themselves for that inevitability.

Based on that postulation, I’ll say the web is Dropbox’ main competitor. Most of my computing  and I bet Farhad’s is done on the Web. Communication, i.e email, social (FB and co) and IMs (except Skype) all have their web equivalents which keep the state of our systems. Media consumption is obviously ending up in the cloud. It will be no magic to pause a song on your desktop and continue on your mobile phone. More complex applications will certainly move on in that direction too.

So (how) will Dropbox survive?

One of Dropbox’ biggest risks is its very low switching cost. All I need to do to to switch is this: Ctrl C then Ctrl V and BAM!!, I have left Dropbox behind.

Drew is a smart chap and I am sure he know this and will be positioning Dropbox as the backup for “your Internet”. So while Flickr, SoundCloud, Google Docs provide the service and their states, Dropbox acts as a backup. So when the Feds swoop down on any of these services, mega damage will not be done and  you will not be left wailing. That is assuming Dropbox will not be swooped upon.

Like Farhad rightly said, the cost of storage is plummeting therefore, Dropbox will no longer have the freedom to charge premium for their service. But that should not be a problem since the low cost of storage will mean their costs will come down too.

Dropbox can also start charging a little for things you can do with your data like the ability to search through “your Internet”.

Yes, Greplin is a feature

 

PS: I am eternally grateful to dropbox and you should download it using this very link ;)

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Thank you DropBox, You saved me!

29 August 2009 by Oo

“There is no greater motivator of man than the last minute” -Jay Levanne

I never planned that my first post after my hiatus would be praising a web start-up but here is why.  I left the compilation of my project to the very last hour before the submission deadline. It meant I had an hour to bind, get to school and submit. Well as devil would have it (he never fails to fuck things up) my MS word started malfunctioning for the first time in two years. After much struggle, I was able to convert my dissertation to pdf ,  submit the digital copy online then rushed with a copy of my dissertation in a flash drive I borrowed from my housemate.

Because I was in such a hurry to print, I could not afford to carry my bag with my laptop because it was too heavy (I had 18 library books).  So I ran off to the printing and binding shop. After waiting in a queue it got to my turn (40mins left) I proudly opened the file and gave instructions. The woman them commented ” your own looks pretty short, just 40 pages”…WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? I discovered over 50 pages of my work were missing. I died and returned to earth…. then I smiled and remembered I automatically backed all my documents with DropBox. So I quickly downloaded the back up and to my shock, I discovered it was corrupted!! That is where the MAGIC of DropBox came in. It saves every version of every file! so luckily I had saved my final dissertation about 5 times before the final one. So All I needed was to go back three versions and recovered my work :).

Just so you know, I was able to submit just 10 mins before time. There is no way I would have avoided the 3 marks per day late penalty without DropBox.

Thank you Arash and Drew for creating Dropbox.

To everyone reading, ensure you download it now!!!

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Thank you DropBox, You saved me!

29 August 2009 by Oo

“There is no greater motivator of man than the last minute” -Jay Levanne

I never planned that my first post after my hiatus would be praising a web start-up but here is why.  I left the compilation of my project to the very last hour before the submission deadline. It meant I had an hour to bind, get to school and submit. Well as devil would have it (he never fails to fuck things up) my MS word started malfunctioning for the first time in two years. After much struggle, I was able to convert my dissertation to pdf ,  submit the digital copy online then rushed with a copy of my dissertation in a flash drive I borrowed from my housemate.

Because I was in such a hurry to print, I could not afford to carry my bag with my laptop because it was too heavy (I had 18 library books).  So I ran off to the printing and binding shop. After waiting in a queue it got to my turn (40mins left) I proudly opened the file and gave instructions. The woman them commented ” your own looks pretty short, just 40 pages”…WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? I discovered over 50 pages of my work were missing. I died and returned to earth…. then I smiled and remembered I automatically backed all my documents with DropBox. So I quickly downloaded the back up and to my shock, I discovered it was corrupted!! That is where the MAGIC of DropBox came in. It saves every version of every file! so luckily I had saved my final dissertation about 5 times before the final one. So All I needed was to go back three versions and recovered my work :).

Just so you know, I was able to submit just 10 mins before time. There is no way I would have avoided the 3 marks per day late penalty without DropBox.

Thank you Arash and Drew for creating Dropbox.

To everyone reading, ensure you download it now!!!

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