Greetings from Dropbox Open London, where we’re hosting some of our global and regional customers and partners. For our customers here, we hope this will be a day full of new ideas, inspiring stories, and high-level networking. For us, it’s a time to reflect on how far we have come, from a personal tool for our co-founder, Drew Houston, to a service adopted by CIOs of major companies from News Corp and Condé Nast Britain to Hyatt and National Geographic.
These days, modern companies and truly productive teams often span offices, regions, and operating systems. Sadly, the tools that many rely on to access their data—traditional ones like corporate file servers (shared network drives) and newer, browser-based solutions—aren’t suited to the way modern teams work.
Ask anyone in IT—deployment and onboarding are a lot of work. And the larger your company is, the more complex and time-consuming the task of getting people up and running is. Add to that the ever-present need to protect company data, and you can use all the help you can get. So, today we’re making it easier for IT admins to manage Dropbox Business and Enterprise deployments with a new set of domain management tools.
Our European users and customers are incredibly important to Dropbox. Approximately 75% of Dropbox users are outside of the US and a significant portion of that usage is by European businesses and consumers. Three years ago we opened our European headquarters in Dublin, followed by offices in London and Paris in 2015. In order to get even closer to business customers in Europe, we are now announcing the opening of an office in Amsterdam to serve the Benelux region.
In many small companies, work involves a variety of people that don’t show up on your employee directory. Freelancers, vendors, and clients might be outside your company, but they’re an important part of your everyday workflows. We’ve heard from many of you that organizing the files all these different people need—so everyone can work together—is a top priority. Today, we’re making it easier to keep everyone on the same page, with team folder enhancements that simplify collaboration for your team.
As we approach the end of 2015, we’re closing out a landmark year for Dropbox. Over 400 million people around the world are now using our platform to simplify the way they work. Our users save over 1 billion files each day and have created over 2.8 billion sharing connections. And we’ve seen huge adoption within businesses, too, with over 150,000 paying business customers—50,000 of which signed up in the past 10 months.