The ladies and gents at Dropbox have big dreams - look no further than their recent expansion into email and photo gallery apps for evidence of that fact. And like any company with high aspirations, they're snapping up technology and the associated talent at a fast pace. In the last 18 months the company has bought e-readers, photo tools, and even a Craigslist-style marketplace. Today they've announced the acquisition of two more apps and the companies that make them.


Screenshot credit: Allyson Kazmucha, iMore.com.

The first, and probably the most pertinent to Dropbox's core service, is Loom. It's a photo upload and cloud storage service similar to Dropbox's own automatic photo upload system, though it seems to be much more intuitive, with a focus on clearing up free space on local devices. Loom is iOS and Mac only at this point (though it has web access as well), and since it will be shutting down on May 16th, an Android app isn't in the cards. Loom's unique features, like a gesture-based album creation function, may make it into the wider Dropbox suite at some point. Loom users will be able to export their data directly into Dropbox. According to the FAQ, most of the features are being rolled into Dropbox's existing photo app, Carousel.

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The second acquisition, Hackpad, is another group collaboration tool in the same vein as Basecamp. Teams and coworkers can use Hackpad to share notes and files, assign tasks, et cetera. The app and service has an interesting social component, with embeddable widgets for websites and public hubs for big projects. Hackpad is also iOS-only at the moment, but unlike Loom, it will continue to be operated after the Dropbox acquisition, and current users don't need to do anything to continue using the service.

Dropbox did not disclose financial details for either acquisition.

Source: TechCrunch

Michael Crider
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  • Fehride-dey

    A bit too ambitious for a slightly old startup? They're heading in the right direction at their own pace but judging from these acquisition, it seems that they didn't really go through their plan well before releasing Carousel to the masses. Then again, this is the game that every tech company plays nowadays. Acquiring instead of building one themselves. I know it takes time and effort to build one, but Dropbox is not a gant company yet. Buying another company sounds a bit too ambitious (not two mentioned two at that)

    Whatever happened to Audiogalaxy? It has been 1 year since they bought them? Maybe it just me, but i dont see any update regarding this. Been using Audiogalaxy to stream my music back at home for 2 years since Froyo.

    Just ranting. Its Friday here in my country.

    • Jacob King

      The problem with Dropbox is that they have an identity problem. While companies like Box, DriveHQ, and Egnyte, just to name a few, were built almost from the beginning to serve the enterprise, Dropbox went the other direction and decided they'd be a consumer cloud provider. Then they announced they wanted to join the other race and be an enterprise provider. But then they release all these consumer-grade apps.

      And yes, they don't develop their own technology, which could ultimately hurt them, since they are likely not profitable (perhaps its not fair to guess based on how Box did, but they may be the best hint at how Dropbox is doing), and don't have something like Google and GoogleDrive does, a profit market like search/advertising. I just wonder if they'll survive this all long enough to become a giant company.

  • tiponeill

    Next they invade Iraq

  • jeffreygarrett

    Hackbox or Hackpad?

  • Frank Lopez

    I like what dropbox is doing. obviously they are aiming for that amazon plan.

    I am wondering how they are going to tie it all in though. They have a few services that are yet to be put to use, audio galaxy comes to mind.

    Dropbox is obviously outgrowing the cloud aspect and going for a more penetrated course of action. i don't mind. Apple has the iPhone, iOS, google have android and search, microsoft have windows and office. Dropbox have the cloud.

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      I think Google could give them a pretty big run for their money when it comes to who "has" the cloud.

      I wonder if Google would ever end up buying them one day, and Yahoo too for that matter. Dropbox and Yahoo both offer similar services to Google, and they surely have the money to buy both.

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  • Henrique Persechini

    sooo... with all these acquisitions we have no chance on seeing a price drop for additional storage, right? I wish google drive had incremental sync...

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  • Niall Murray

    I can't put my finger on it, but I've always liked dropbox as a company. They seem friendly. Maybe its the cute doodles....

  • Jacob King

    These new apps don't make up for the fact that if you want more than 2GB of storage space, you have to pay a minimum of $100 a year. It gets even worse on the business end. I'll stick with drivehq until Dropbox comes out with a real announcement–that they're cutting prices.