Dropbox adds team-communication muscle with Clementine buy

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dropbox Acquires Clementine, An Enterprise Communication Service.

Clementine’s mobile software, which was launched last fall with backing from investors including Homebrew Ventures and Redpoint Ventures, offers conference calls along with voice service and text messaging for work without the use of personal phone numbers. Founded in 2013 and launched in August 2014, Clementine offers messaging, conference calls, and voice calls within an enterprise environment, with an aim to helping companies make the most of mobile voice & text at work. “Our mission and passion for workplace collaboration remains the same. Our stage will grow dramatically as Dropbox builds on our technology to engage with its over 400 million users and 100,000 businesses.” The services provided by the company however are not making the transition, with an announcement that it will shutter August 31st, and that customers will have to find alternative enterprise messaging services. The free portions of its app will remain active for current users until Aug. 31, it said. “Dropbox wants to be a player in the enterprise collaboration space, and I think they believe that they need to do more than synchronize files across devices,” said T.J.

Dropbox has made a number of acquisitions over the last 12 months to build upon its services as part of a push to gain more enterprise customers, but an enterprise level messaging service doesn’t naturally make a lot of sense; was it simply a talent buy, or is Dropbox planning to add enterprise messaging to its service somewhere down the line? Unfortunately for users, however, it also means Clementine will be shutting down, leaving only the free aspects of its mobile app live up until the end of next month. Thought leaders from the biggest brands and most disruptive companies will share winning growth strategies on the most pressing challenges marketing leaders face today.] Dropbox has acquired startup Clementine Labs, which developed an app that employees could use to make voice calls and exchange messages with one another. One such “adjacency” led it to the Dropbox badge, Keitt noted; now, the belief that it needs a real-time communication capability has led it to Clementine.

Dropbox hasn’t yet commented on the acquisition, but Clementine took to its blog today to announce the news, saying that it is “excited” about the acquisition and the future that it holds. It provided telephone conferencing and other features in iOS and Android apps through which one could get a business number to make unlimited calls and texts for $9.99 per month.

Who knows? until Dropbox says something officially as to what it’s thinking in terms of this acquisition it’s all pure speculation and guess wok at this stage. Dropbox could use the additional functionality to become at least as useful as other cloud-based file-sharing apps with which it competes, including Box and Google Drive.

We can’t find any records of Clementine ever having taken funding, so there’s a good chance the company may have been bootstrapped prior to acquisition. Other recent Dropbox acquisitions include voiceover startup Umano. “Our product targets the $10B/yr Enterprise Telephony space that’s *aching* to be disrupted by the right MobileFirst service,” the team wrote on its AngelList page. There’s also a nifty new file commenting feature, which — with some Clementine integration — could give us the ability to hop on a call from within Dropbox files. Cofounder and chief executive Vinod Valloppillil was previously an entrepreneur in residence at Redpoint, where he came up with the idea for Clementine.

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