Yahoo, Dropbox Partner for Easier Email Attachments
This integration allows users to manage, send, and receive Dropbox files directly within the Yahoo Mail client. People will be able to swiftly select files in their Dropbox account and include it as an attachment when sending Yahoo Mail. Users will also be able to save received attachments via email directly into their Dropbox file.
Yahoo Mail’s senior product management director, David McDowell, says the integration allows users to store and share files simply, including documents like research papers and tax returns, and personal photos. Because files are stored in the users online Dropbox account, it’s easy to find the files even when users are away from their desktop. This new feature will roll out to a global audiance beginning this week in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian Web-based Yahoo Mail.
People that are new to Dropbox have the option to sign up for the cloud storage account from directly within their Yahoo Mail. Users will simply click on a Yahoo Mail attachment, then click “Save all to,” and then “Save to Dropbox.” The following instructions appear on the screen with instructions for setting up a Dropbox account.
To save files into Dropbox from Yahoo Mail, it’s easy to open an attachment, then select “Save to Dropbox.” They also make it easy to send an attachment already in the Dropbox using Yahoo Mail by clicking the dropdown menu next to the icon of the paperclip, and click “Share from Dropbox.”
McDowell says he’s listening carefully to ideas that make using Yahoo Mail even easier. He thinks people should have better options to access their inbox, finish what you need to accomplish, and get on with their day.
This integration comes at the heels of the email app Mailbox that Dropbox recently acquired that aims to simplify the mobile email experience.
Company Profile for Dropbox
Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston founded Dropbox in 2007. They were frustrated by having to work from multiple computers without access to their files. This frustration inspired Drew to produce a service allowing people to bring their files anywhere, without the slow and lack of file organization in email attachments. Drew formed a Dropbox demo and shared it with MIT classmate Arash Ferdowsi. The pair dropped out when they had only had one semester left to make Dropbox a reality.
They allowed their relentless focus to guide the process of designing a reliable, simple, and fast experience that works on every computer and Smartphone. Arash and Drew relocated in fall 2007 to San Francisco, received seed funding from Y Combinator, then set out to build a top-notch engineering team. By fall 2008, $7.2 million in Series A funding was supplied by Sequoia Capital, with Accel Partners to bring Dropbox to the market.
Seed funding from Sequoia Capital and Pejman Nozad equaling $1.2 million was raised in September 2007. Series A funding in October 2008 from Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital amounted to $6 million. Series B funding in October 2011 in the amount of $250 million was raised with help from Index Ventures, RIT Capital Partners, Valiant Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Institutional Venture Partners, Accel Partners, SV Angel, and Glynn Capital Management. In August 2011, Index lead a $4 billion valuation round in Dropbox.
Dropbox acquired Mailbox this March 2013 for $100 million. They also acquired TapEngage in January 2013, Snapjoy and Audiogalaxy in December 2012, and Cove in February 2012. A partnership with Yahoo Mail brings the platform to the email client for easy attachments.
Drew Houston is the Cofounder and CEO, Arash Ferdowsi is the Cofounder and CTO, Sujay Jaswa is the VP of Business Development, Aditya Agarwal is the VP of Engineering, and Ruchi Sanghvi is the VP of Operations. Allison House, Adam Polselli, and Morgan Knutson are Product Designers. Operations and Online Sales, Kim Malone Scott, formerly of Apple and Google Adsense resigned from Dropbox yesterday, April 3, 2013 after four months.