Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined

Dropbox – Very Cool File Synchronizing / Sharing Application


UPDATE:  Dropbox is now out of beta, anyone can sign up! 

I got a private beta invite to Dropbox, a very cool file sync application that works on PC, Mac, Linux, web…  Essentially, you can drop files into your DropBox folder on one computer and they’ll magically show up on your other systems (or even the web).  You can share them out so people can view them on-line (i.e. you want to show friends a few photos).  It’s incredibly easy to use!

For example, here’s a link to one of my Dropbox image galleries.  I simply put images into a folder, right-clicked on the folder to get the public link, and pasted it here.  Silly easy.
Click here for: Sample Dropbox Image Gallery

I’ve got a few invites I can pass out to folks, so if you’re interested…shoot me your email address and I’ll make sure you get an invite to use it!

What I’d really like to see is an enterprise version of the software.  My ideal vision of this would be a system where you could house your own Dropbox-like server and eliminate the need to have a 3rd party store your data.  Configuration options would allow for the ability to view files via the web (or not), and possibly the option to NOT store files on the server (instead, act more as a peer-to-peer system).  The on-the-fly synchronization of Dropbox at a low price-point would be quite beneficial to many Small Business and Enterprise users.


About the author

Al Bsharah

Al is the Managing Partner at Interlock Capital, a community-driven startup fund that allows seasoned or aspiring angel investors to get into amazing companies within their own budget. Al’s been involved in multiple San Diego startups since 1999 after leaving the Detroit auto industry as an electrical engineer. He's started two of his own companies where he's raised capital from both VCs and angels, and sold one of them to both Seismic and Return Path. He's graduated both Techstars and Founder Institute accelerator programs where he now mentors. In his free time he manages to play a little beach volleyball, invest in startups, trade stocks, and camp with his wife, son, dog, and friends.

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By Al Bsharah
Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined