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Marco Arment Jul 18
What we want Dropbox to be: a folder that syncs, with basic shared-folder and share-link support, for which many of us will pay a reasonable monthly fee. That would be a great business. But it’s not enough for them. They want to be the next Microsoft Office/Google Docs/Slack.
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Marco Arment
In a way, “just a feature” was right — folder sync isn’t the kind of business Wall St. and VCs want. But Dropbox could have been an incredibly successful *normal* business. Instead, it will keep becoming a mediocre business-collaboration platform, at the expense of our feature.
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Marco Arment Jul 18
Replying to @marcoarment
The sad thing is that they won’t succeed. They have very little chance of competing well in the arena they’ve put themselves in. It’ll all be for nothing.
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Jeff Rock Jul 18
Replying to @marcoarment
I moved Mobelux to Google Team Drive and if you install Finder integration it’s a better Dropbox than Dropbox was.
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Nick “Karate Chopping Onion King” Johnson Jul 18
Replying to @marcoarment
Time for someone to “Pinboard” Dropbox...
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Tomáš Kafka Jul 19
Replying to @marcoarment
On the other side, as a 'just a feature', they will be Sherlocked in a few years. (Yes, iCloud Desktop/Mac and OneDrive/Win sucks, but they might take 80 % customers away anyway)
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drfindley Jul 18
Replying to @marcoarment
They easily could have made 2 products, one for consumers, one for business. I mean, it’s not forced down you throat, so it would probably never be used, but it’s a much better way to test the market
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Ross Bower Jul 18
Replying to @marcoarment
Why can’t VCs be happy with a successful investment and invest in *new* companies if they want to increase their portfolio? Why does everything have to be everything?
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Lee Clissett Jul 18
Replying to @marcoarment
Look at their financials. They could not succeed as a “normal” business based on this 1 feature alone. They have to try and do more or they will die.
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Avi Frisch Jul 18
Replying to @marcoarment
I guess they don't want to end like Slack, with a business easily replaced by MSFT with a free feature added to Office 365?
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Alex Satrapa Jul 18
Replying to @frischa @marcoarment
Dropbox can differentiate themselves by being *just* a folder sync service, available on all platforms without being tied to other products from a given vendor.
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Sam Armstrong Jul 18
Yeah, focus on best in class apps for each platform. Fully native and efficient. Leave all their fake office stuff on their website or kill it entirely.
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