It seems that anyone I've talked to in the valley over the weekend has brought up the Google-endorsed reports of an upcoming "GDrive." Here is my response to the following comments by Google:
As we move toward the "Store 100%" reality, the online copy of your data will become your Golden Copy and your local-machine copy serves more like a cache. An important implication of this theme is that we can make your online copy more secure than it would be on your own machine.
That is pretty exciting. Imagine being able to offload all of your data to the internet, where you could then access it from anywhere at anytime. Or, even better, you can synchronize your files to your webdrive so that in an emergency you will have a backup copy available. Sounds appealing, no? The only thing is... Box.net does that
! So, what do we (and by we I mean Dylan, Ian, our developers, and I) have to do? We have to prove to the world that this is already available, and people are already enjoying the freedom that online file storage with Box.net provides. And, with our open API, there will never be a location where you can grab your Google files but not your Box files (except maybe gmail of course). In just a matter of days you will be able to login to your Netvibes account, upload files, then move over to your Goowy account and see those same files. Then, when you're away from your computer, just jump onto m.box.net and share a file directly from your Treo.
All I can really say is, we're prepared for the challenge, and understand that there is bumpy road ahead of us. What else could make this business more interesting than competition from Google? Ok enough with the G word.