Dropbox’s new Datastore API does something similar to what a New York startup does. But little NimbusBase is unperturbed, aiming to become a more vendor-neutral backend for application data.
Sherlocking avoided? Possibly, but as a startup it’s tough to balance the pace of your own innovation with watching out for what the big boys in your space are doing. This is a potential example of a good pivot.
Ultimately, it appears that Dropbox didn’t crush NimbusBase so much as it did push the startup to move faster. “Now we’re probably more aggressively trying to integrate the other cloud platforms and establish our value as an aggregator,” Volodarsky said.