DropBox Snags Startup DropTalk in Acquisition

DropBox is one of the most well known file sharing cloud services. Once a startup itself, DropBox has now grown to the point in which it can begin acquiring other start up tech businesses that fit nicely into its portfolio.

DropTalk is a Chrome extension that allows users to privately collaborate in real time. DropTalk focuses on secure link sharing among those you have added to your list. DropTalk features an instant messaging like interface that gives collaborators a real time look at what’s actually going on.

For example, if you attach a file, the person you are communicating with could see the file you attaching before the file is even sent. DropTalk and DropBox’s service could be combined so that users can experience a seamless link, file and text sharing experience using simple browser extensions. The founders of DropTalk are Rakesh Mathur, Ash Bhardwaj and Anand Prakash. Their vision is to make DropTalk collaboration less “Email-like.”

 DropBox also picked up Zulip last year. Zulip is a workplace collaboration tool and the marriage of these three products could provide DropBox with robust, secure corporate cloud collaboration platforms that they can sell to their business users.

Terms on this deal were not initially disclosed. In a blog post written to beta testers and prospective new users of DropTalk, founders of the company said, “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!”