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Dropbox: "It Just Works"
Dropbox is a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup, founded in 2006, that provides online storage and backup services to millions of customers using a "freemium" (free + premium offers) business model. The case recounts Dropbox's history from conception through mid-2010, when founder/CEO Drew Houston must make strategic decisions about new product features, how to target enterprise customers, and whether to pursue distribution deals with smartphone manufacturers.
Keywords: Business Model;
Growth and Development Strategy;
Management Practices and Processes;
Eisenmann, Thomas R., Michael Pao, and Lauren Barley. Dropbox: "It Just Works". Harvard Business School Case 811-065, January 2011. (Revised January 2012.)