Friday, November 24th, 2006

Dropboks: File Storage on One Page

Category: Prototype, Showcase

Dropboks is a single page application build on Prototype and friends, that allows you to simply upload files for safe keeping.

The application is ad free, and survives on user donations. They do a good job at letting you use it pre-signup, and giving good info via tooltips.

Dropboks

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:51 am
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nice, but how would they keep that free? 1$ per Gb that’s not the price of the disks they’re using…

Comment by Sad Developer — November 24, 2006

Looks pretty. Will they get enough $ to maintain this by donate? :)

Comment by Cheng Guangnan — November 24, 2006

This site won’t last long… I’m not going to upload any of my files to a company with no business plan!

Comment by N — November 25, 2006

“This site won’t last long… I’m not going to upload any of my files to a company with no business plan!”

Are you kidding me? Do you have any idea how cheap storage is? It literally costs pennies per gigabyte nowadays. I guarantee you this company has made a profit from day one.

Comment by Luke — November 25, 2006

“Do you have any idea how cheap storage is?”

Do you have any idea how much bandwidth cost? Online storage is not only about the cost of storage, it’s also about the cost of bandwidth.

Take Amazon S3 for example. It identified itself as a cheap alternative to online storage.
$0.15 per GB-Month of storage used.
$0.20 per GB of data transferred.

Yes, storage is cheap.. but with the bandwidth cost on top of it. It can be expensive.

I guess it depends how willing will people donate, but I agree with N; that’s not a source of stable income at all.

Comment by Karen Giel — November 25, 2006

Karen

You are correct in including bandwidth costs. But still, if you take the average user acount, it’s probably only a few megs. Even including bandwidth costs it is still going to be very inexpensive (do the math). Even if only one percent of their users dontate they are probably covering it. Am I the only one here who sees that this is potentially a viable business plan?

Most web 2.0 companies are losing money every day. I tip my hat to any company that can breaking even!

Comment by Luke — November 25, 2006

“do the math” …Wow! Luke must think he’s smart. Luke, have you graduated you from kindergarten yet? Or are you a owner of DropBoks? This is not a 1+1=2 question, I suggest you go for higher education.

This company will fail because:
1) This service can be clone without effort
2) Unless they can create a community around their service, otherwise who will donate? Luke, have you donate yet?
3) Fast and reliable bandwidth is not cheap

I suggest you setup a website and ask for your college fund donation. I’ll donate my 2 cents to your pocket.

Comment by N — November 26, 2006

Found something even better. Try FolderShare.com. MSFT bought it recently.

I wish I had something like this for sync-ing my program installations as well.

Comment by Nilesh Deshpande — November 28, 2006

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