Dropbox Acquires Mailbox

16 March 2013

Dropbox:

Today we’re really excited to welcome the Mailbox team to Dropbox.

Like many of you, when we discovered Mailbox we fell in love—it was simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered. Many have promised to help us with our overflowing inboxes, but the Mailbox team actually delivered.

After spending time with Gentry, Scott, and the team, it became clear that their calling was the same as ours at Dropbox—to solve life’s hidden problems and reimagine the things we do every day. We all quickly realized that together we could save millions of people a lot of pain.

There are a group of people who frown upon every startup acquisition, but they aren’t necessarily a bad thing1. Unlike Google’s purchase of Sparrow, Dropbox currently intends to keep Mailbox in development. Assuming they keep to this plan, this can only be seen as a good thing. Mailbox needs more server resources to counteract their continuing uptime problems, and Dropbox has those resources.

1 Of course, a lot of startups are built solely around “exit plans”. The sale of these companies do tend to be anti-consumer.