Growth July 3, 2020

Criticism while launching Dropbox

Marijn Roukens @marijnroukens

For all of the people working on a startup or having an idea, I just found this interesting link about the launch of Dropbox.

Here the founder pitched his idea on Hackernews and not all responses are positive, while some say it's genius others tell him it doesn't sound like it could go viral or that it isn't scalable. I recognized this in my own products.

It proves a point that although criticism and feedback is good, it is just other peoples opinions and you should always stand by your idea and keep pushing as long as you believe. Good luck today and enjoy the read!

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8863

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    Note the tagline: "Throw away your USB drive"!

    What a great line for grabbing eyeballs and focusing the viewer on something real to them.

    In related hindsight news :)

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    I feel like I saw this quote somewhere before but not sure where. It goes like, "The most successful products will have an audience where 50% loves it and 50% hates it."

    Polarizing products are good because if you have people who love it, you'll have paying customers, and if you have people who hate it, they'll amplify it to their followers by writing about how they hate it.

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    Hahahaha, those comments are epic! Imagine the founder going back to the thread and flexing what he has right now in response to those negative comments!

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    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. :-)
    On the same subject, found this article which mentions Dropbox founder's experience with investors:

    "In meeting after meeting, investors would explain that this “market space” was crowded with existing products, none of them had made very much money, and the problem wasn’t a very important one. Drew would ask: “Have you personally tried those other products?” When they would say yes, he’d ask: “Did they work seamlessly for you?” The answer was almost always no. Yet in meeting after meeting, the venture capitalists could not imagine a world in line with Drew’s vision. Drew, in contrast, believed that if the software “just worked like magic,” customers would flock to it."

    https://techcrunch.com/2011/10/19/dropbox-minimal-viable-product/