Dropbox CEO claims Steve Jobs vowed to ‘kill’ Dropbox with iCloud

“Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston knew he’d arrived with his cloud storage and syncing service when Apple Inc. was interested in talking about an acquisition,” Brian Jackson reports for IT Business Canada. “Not interested in selling the firm, he told late Apple CEO Steve Jobs as much, but Jobs was still interested in a meeting.”

“Jobs struck Houston as a straight talker. He told him he returned to Apple because he was frustrated that a company that convinced customers to pay a total of $7 billion a year to use their products could still lose $1 billion,” Reed reports. “But he was also direct with Houston, telling him that if he couldn’t acquire his startup, was going to come after Dropbox.”

“Six months after that meeting, Houston was watching a Jobs keynote and saw him make good on that promise,” Reed reports. “‘He was calling out by name and saying he wants to kill us with iCloud,’ Houston said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Where did Jobs vow to kill Dropbox during his iCloud unveiling?


        1. Fascinating that MDN bans me (tries anyway) for simply pointing out that they are an aggregate site that profits from others content. Or was it because I said that AND I have different political beliefs?

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          Yet this fucking troll is still here..You will have no credibility until you ban these idiots MDN..

      1. Don’t give this political fool any attention. It is not always possible but it is best to avoid people that always get in your face about their politics.

        Personally, someone who can’t respect a President, won’t respect anything or anyone else.

        1. “Personally, someone who can’t respect a President, won’t respect anything or anyone else.”

          Its impossible to respect the person, that doesn’t respect the people he was elected to serve.

            1. Based on what? Or is it that he has too much melanin for you.

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      2. Reject the false messiah, Obama!
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        1. I actually agree with you about the need to restore our rights and the Constitution, but I personally feel that Obama is just continuing what started long before him.

          The government has been taking away out fundamental rights for a long time now.

          My (possibly incorrect) observation is because I don’t seem to recall you making similar posts under the last administration, and that one was definitely as damaging to our rights as the current one.

          I personally think that they both have done us all an unforgivable disservice.

          1. well, I regret you missed the eight foot wide “Impeach Bush” sign in my front yard promptly erected after the passage of the Patriot Act. However, I have posted at least ten times on this forum; “There is no difference between the policies of Obama Messiah, Dubya, Horndog Billy and CIA George.”

            1. If that is indeed the case, then we are on the same side here – you are right, they are all the same, with the same agenda.

              Posting anti-Obama statements on MDN repeatedly probably won’t have much of an effect on the government, so that’s why you seems at times obsessed. I guess if venting this way makes you feel better, then so be it, but it only seems to piss off the more sensitive people here.

              I generally stay out of the political banter because I don’t view our democracy as a team sport – I find what currently passes as the Republican Party and the Democratic Party to both be lost and clueless about what this country needs. They both suck terribly.

            2. On — I have posted at least ten times on this forum; “There is no difference between the policies of Obama Messiah, Dubya, Horndog Billy and CIA George.”

              Yet that would be like how there is no difference in how little we are interested in your views on any of them.

            3. aaaand, by the way:

              – If you think that people not agreeing with you or cheering for your tiresome and boring vitriol automatically makes them zombies, you have one heck of a psychiatric disorder.

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        2. I completely agree, our constitution has been trashed by the last two presidents.


          Thanks. I have seen you make many on topic comments and appreciate those.

          1. No. Obama is the worst president ever. Conservatives could to care less what color he is. His liberal socialist policies have been more than troubling from the beginning. I want his proposed policies to fail. I take pleasure in seeing it happen. How could I ever support socialism and wealth redistribution. Obama is incompetent and only the leftist media props Obama’s image and hides is failure. Now way could the liberal media record the first black president as a failure. It is they who play the race card. If you desire anything resembling socialism, Move out of the USA.

    1. Dear neighbours,

      Note the way I spell that? Like Jony Ive says “aluminium”? Yes, the first w in www does stand for something and it is not Wisconsin. So, about this American political infighting on MDN, could you take it to a motel room please?

  1. This story doesn’t make any sense. Dropbox and iCloud don’t even have any features that directly compete with each other. How could one ever “kill” the other.


    1. You’re right BUT Steve seemed to relish in vanquishing those he deemed as competition with a product/service that took a ‘different’ approach, hence iCloud works differently than the other cloud services (for better or worse). IMHO

    2. Not true. They have overlapping features, and I find iCloud is far more transparent for certain types of documents. For example, I have a Pages document on my MacBook Pro. I tell it to move to iCloud, and then 10 seconds later, I’m opening that file on my MacBook Air. Dropbox also has file syncing (for any type of file), but it requires running a separate application that first must push the file up, and then pull it down. When one browses for iCloud files, they don’t need a full copy of the files on the computer, they just need the file index. It’s a smoother, more elegant solution.

  2. He’s trying to get people to think, “Oh, wow, Steve tried to kill Dropbox, but there still going. They must be super smart and tough.”
    In 20 years, no one will remember Dropbox.

    1. Dropbox is getting more complicated and slower. It’s the side-effect of battling the competition. So you’re probably right that Dropbox of today won’t exist. But it’ll either morph over time or be merged into some competitors product for umteen millions of dollars.

  3. I just deleted my Dropbox account the other day. I got sick of their annoying app advertising itself in random places on my computer, and just generally being the equivalent of a human mind virus… If anyone asks me to share stuff they’ve put on dropbox in future I’ll just decline. I don’t want to be a part of that whole ‘sucker in a friend’ multi-level marketing culture anymore.

  4. Dropbox will kill itself with its prices. It is one of the most expensive per GB out there and there are many that are just as good and much cheaper. I paid their prices until Copy.Com came along. Now get more that double the space and actually better performance for the same price. Dropbox… Arrogance will get you know where, ask Microsoft.

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