With new API, Dropbox disrupted a startup engaged in real-time data syncing

Gigaom

The two founders of NimbusBase, Alex Volodarsky and Ray Wang, watched in shock as Dropbox CEO Drew Houston pitched a new API that does pretty much the same thing their previously announced product does: use cloud storage as a bucket for syncing application data.

“Holy s**t, we’re not the only game in town anymore.” That’s what Volodarsky was thinking. “Dropbox is sort of a big deal. They’re doing this.”

At first, said Volodarsky, the company’s COO, it was like a punch in the gut. But then he and Wang realized that they could survive. They see the Dropbox Datastore API as validation of their vision: that people’s personal clouds could function as the back end of applications.

They believe it’s only a matter of time before other major personal cloud-storage providers come out with their own APIs, and so they are preparing to be a sort of platform on…

View original post 375 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s