All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive still playing catch up, says Dropbox founder

19 Nov 2013

SAN FRANCISCO: Dropbox founder and chief executive Drew Houston has blasted Microsoft and Google, saying their storage services are copying rather than innovating.

Houston attacked the services during a question and answer session at Salesforce's Dreamforce conference, arguing that they are still battling technology and usability issues Dropbox fixed years ago.

"We've had competitors since the beginning. The problem we're solving is hard and it took us many years to build the product we have. You only discover and solve many of the problems we experience by actually building the product and collecting enough data to spot them," he said.

"You can't accelerate this process and we've had a pretty good head start on the other guys. Now thanks to our experience we can look for problems and fix them before people realise they're there."

He highlighted Dropbox's cross-platform nature as another key selling point for the service "We pay attention to what others are doing but the reason people use Dropbox over things [such as SkyDrive and Drive] is it's easy and doesn't tie you to any one platform," he said.

Salesforce Dreamforce 2013 Dropbox interview

Houston said Dropbox's unique strengths have already proven a hit with consumers and businesses alike. "We think about what's broken in the world and come up with ideas. The canvas we're painting on gets bigger and bigger," he said.

"People like what we do. Last year we had 100 million users and now we have 200 million. We've had the same with businesses. Previously we had two million businesses and that's now doubled. Today it's four million businesses."

Houston said the company is actively recruiting new skilled professionals to ensure it will retain its alleged lead on Google and Microsoft.

"At the moment I'm a full time recruiter. We're at this stage with the company where for any position we need we can think, 'Who are the five best people for this position?' and go out and get them. It's surreal to be able to get these people," he said.

The news comes just days after Dropbox unveiled a new secure business service. This followed widespread concerns about Dropbox's security. Dropbox has suffered several data breaches since launching. F-Secure web reputation service expert Christine Bejerasco listed Dropbox's track record of poor security as a key factor fuelling developments in the black hat hacker community.

Box founder Aaron Levie attacked Dropbox during an interview with V3 earlier this year, claiming its lack of understanding about what enterprise needs makes it unsuited for professional use.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Alastair Stevenson
About

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

View Alastair's Google+ profile

More on Management
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

Windows 7 end of mainstream support

What are your plans for when Microsoft ends mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015?
7%
8%
1%
71%
13%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
LG G3 in gold black and white

LG G3 vs Galaxy S5 video

We pit the two Korean firms' flagship smartphones against each other

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv3may

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging

ibmv3may

Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Dynamics CRM Developer (C#, .NET, Dynamics CRM 2011/2013)

Dynamics CRM Developer (C#, .NET, Dynamics CRM 2011/2013...

Service Desk Analyst / Helpdesk Analyst - Legal, MS Office 2010, Windows 7

Service Desk Analyst / Helpdesk Analyst - Legal, MS Office...

Helpdesk / Desktop Support Analyst - Legal, Windows, MS Office 2010

Helpdesk / Desktop Support Analyst- Legal, Windows 7...

Helpdesk / Support Analyst - MS Windows, Office - 2 - 3 months

Service Desk Analyst / Support Analyst - MS Windows...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.