Dropbox has acquired enterprise communication app startup Clementine in a move that could see chat and conference call features added to the firm's cloud storage platform.
Vinod Valloppillil, Clementine's founder and chief executive, revealed the company's acquisition in a blog post, describing it as a way to expand the business.
"Our mission and passion for workplace collaboration remains the same. Our stage will grow dramatically as Dropbox builds on our technology to engage with its 400 million users and 100,000 businesses," he said.
Valloppillil explained that Clementine's services provided through its Android and iOS apps, which provide internal communication tools that do not need to be linked to a personal number, will be shut down. Users of the app's free services will have until 31 August to find an alternative.
Clementine is a little under two years old, and a relatively new startup to get Dropbox's attention. It was set up by former Microsoft and Zynga employees and has technology industry experience that Dropbox seems keen to tap into.
Dropbox has remained quiet about the acquisition so far, despite V3's request for more details on the deal and the role Clementine will play at the company.
However, Dropbox could integrate the communication features of Clementine's app into its cloud storage platform to make it easier to communicate when using files and working on documents kept in a shared Dropbox account.
Dropbox already enables people to comment on files stored on the platform, so some integration with Clementine could build out this function and potentially allow calls to be made while accessing a Dropbox file.
Dropbox already appears keen to introduce more features, having recently added administration controls and Microsoft integration to Dropbox for Business, along with opening up its API for enterprise developers to integrate Dropbox for Business into apps.
Building out the platform is also likely to benefit other companies that build services to work with cloud storage and collaboration services, such as Cloudfind, a cloud storage management firm featured in V3's Startup Spotlight.
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