Startups That Put Dropbox’s Existence At Risk

Startups That Put Dropbox’s Existence At Risk
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Co-founder and CEO of Dropbox Drew Huston had confessed that Google, Amazon or Microsoft do not give him sleepless nights, but smaller start-ups do. Admitting this in the Fast Company’s April feature, he added that he is afraid of small startups creating a utility that Dropbox has yet to offer.


The following companies can be the next biggest competitors for Dropbox in its tech war to own your digital data:


Created by Jonathan Benassaya, this startup provides users with the option to back up their entire digital media, including photos, video, and music from social media websites and Dropbox. Then they can beam it to their mobiles, share with friends, or view it on their TV with Chromecast. StreamNation brands itself as “the first media center in the cloud.”

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Mega – the privacy-focused cloud service – was launched in 2013 by Kim DotCom exactly one year after his file-sharing site, Megaupload, was shut down by the U.S. authorities. Already claiming to have 15 million users, Mega offers 50GB for free and also promises end-to-end file encryption for users’ data. Mega claims itself to be a haven for the anti-surveillance crowd.


There isn’t much difference between Dropbox’s Carousel app and Printicular, apart from Printicular’s ability to print pictures. Printicular app allows users to choose pictures from social networking sites including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and sends them to the their nearest Walgreens for pick-up or home delivery.


Since its launch in 2013, more than a million people use CloudMagic today. It is an email app which works with every email provider, including Gmail, Exchange, iCloud, and Yahoo. Whereas, Mailbox – acquired by Dropbox in 2013 – only works with Google and iCloud. Moreover, CloudMagic also works with various productivity apps including Wunderlist, Evernote, and Pocket.


CBS, Simon & Schuster, The Atlantic and thousands of other businesses use Submittable – a cloud-based platform – for the collection, organization and to accept payment with the submission of files such as manuscripts, resumes, video, audio and applications.


Plex users are allowed to upload and stream videos, movies, shows, music, photos, to any device, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Vizio and Samsung SmartTVs.

Send Anywhere:

As described on its website, it is a platform agnostic file sharing service which allows users to easily share digital content peer-to-peer, in real-time without Cloud storage. Send Anywhere allows its users to share files anywhere using P2P file sharing without creating any account or uploading to the cloud.  Also, there is no file-size limit.