Dropbox acquires messaging startup Droptalk

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Cloud storage service Dropbox has acquired early stage startup Droptalk. Droptalk was still in stealth mode when it was building a Chrome extension, Android app, and iOS app to share files and links. The browser add-on was created in limited beta. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Droptalk’s software tools could be integrated into cloud storage. This means that users could see during a conversation who was updated which files or adding files to the share folder. Droptalk was founded about a year ago by former Facebook and LinkedIn engineers. Their goal was to change the way people worked by attacking the “work e-mail” problem without reinventing the inbox. The company was founded by Rakesh Mathur, Ashk Bhardwaj, and Anand Prakash.
Mathur previously created Webaroo, an SMS-based social messaging company that hit around 60 million users. He also sold Junglee to Amazon and Snapstick to Rovi. Bhardwaj helped grew Aricent into a $30 billion company.
Here is the blog post that Droptalk wrote about the acquisition:

Droptalk joins Dropbox!

We are thrilled to announce that today Droptalk will be joining Dropbox. About a year ago we set out to end the unnecessary friction around communication and collaboration by killing “the work email.” The world deserves a better way to do business and an integrated sharing product, which our team rapidly created is the answer.

Armed with bootstrap funding and a team of ex-Facebook and LinkedIn engineers we set out to change the way people not only messaged but how they actually got work done across all their devices. With Droptalk all your communications happened in the browser, tablet or phone, eliminating the need for emails. What’s more is anytime you updated your shared folders in the cloud, everyone else in the conversation could see the updated version and go directly to the document or link right in the very same thread.

As part of our transition to Dropbox, we are no longer accepting new beta signups. We would like to thank all the people that took part in our beta and gave us valuable input. We are grateful for your support and we will keep you updated as we join forces with Dropbox to make collaboration easier for everyone.

Our team will be joining Dropbox today. We are again thrilled that we have the opportunity to partner with Dropbox and work together to make life simpler for millions of people around the world. Go Dropbox!

Best,
Anand Prakash, Ash Bhardwaj, Rakesh Mathur, Manveer Chawla, Nirmesh Mehta

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