The idea that artists deserve to get paid for their work shouldn’t be that controversial. Yet two decades after the internet gave creators a direct connection to their fans, earning a living as a musician, comedian, or filmmaker remains a challenge. As half of the musical duo Pomplamoose, Patreon co-founder Jack Conte knows firsthand how creators struggle to translate a powerful fanbase into meaningful income. So he teamed up with developer Sam Yam to develop a platform that enables fans to fund the work of their favorite creatives through a subscription content service.
I’m delighted to welcome Meg Whitman to our Board of Directors. Meg is a true business titan and has been a trusted friend and advisor to me for years. Her experience and judgment will be invaluable to Dropbox as we continue to grow and scale.
From your light bulb moment to final presentation, the creative process isn’t always a smooth road. The trick is to avoid as many bumps and curves as you can. So we’ve been working on ways to help you find what you need to keep work flowing between you and your collaborators. Today, we’re unveiling new features that make it easier to locate your most frequently used files, stay on top of projects, and work seamlessly as a team. Now everything you need is in one place, with up-to-date, easy-to-find information. Here’s what’s new.
If you’ve ever been locked out of your account, you know it can be a major frustration—especially when you have deadlines to meet, and people waiting on you to respond. The problem is, many users cannot reliably receive text messages or don’t keep track of emergency backup codes. And sometimes you don’t have your two-factor authentication code generator or U2F security key on hand. We work hard to make security easy, so we developed a new solution you can use as a backup in these situations. Starting today, you can also use the Dropbox mobile app to verify your identity.
We’re excited to announce that Quentin Clark is joining Dropbox as our SVP of Engineering, Product, and Design. In this role, he will lead strategy and execution across these teams. Quentin has deep experience in SaaS, with 22 years of product leadership roles, overseeing billion-dollar businesses at Microsoft and, more recently, SAP. His work with business applications, large scale infrastructure, and machine learning will be invaluable as we continue to scale.
Over the last ten years, more than half a billion users have trusted Dropbox to keep their files safe. As we continue to grow, transparency plays a critical role in maintaining our users’ hard-earned trust. We publish our transparency report twice a year, disclosing the number of requests we receive from government and law enforcement. Today, we’re releasing our Transparency Report covering the data requests we received during the second half of 2016.