Box.net is an application that allows its users to share and collaborate on content. It offers online data storage and cloud content file sharing. It's online collaboration platform enables users to see what the latest version of a document is and has a nice commenting feature in place so collaborators can leave a note about what changes they made. Additionally it can be used as a tool to send recipients links to files that are too big to send across email. Lastly, Box.net has a mobile component so users can access and edit their files through Box.net from their smartphone while on the go.
Box.net is an Inc 500 company based out of Pal Alto, CA. It was founded in March 2005 in the dorm room of college students, Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith. It originated as a college business project that intended to allow people to access information from anywhere in the world. In December 2007, OpenBox Platform was launched, which facilitates the connection of data from Box.net with other services and applications on the web. Box.net has been successful in raising numerous rounds of venture capital along with being notes as one the fastest growing companies in the Silicon Valley. Interestingly, Aaron Levie is a frequent blogger on TechCrunch, and Dylan Smith appeared on an episode of the reality TV show Millionaire Matchmaker in 2010.
Box.net offers a solid file sharing, backup and collaboration tool for individuals with a generous 5 GB allowance. Additionally, its enterprise grade features like online deal rooms and its sales portal are specific and unique features to Box.net.
Box.net is setup in a clean and professional manner. Its user interface is extremely intuitive with a simple file list design that most users are already accustomed to. The site is very fast and responsive, which lends nicely to its positive user experience. Navigating the website is so simple that even a novice user can operate it without much hassle. Box.net lives true to its mission statement which is "to make sharing, accessing and managing content ridiculously easy." Box.net is just that!
The registration process is simple and quick. Users are required to fill in some general information including name, email, passwords etc. Users select their plan. Once users are through with the registration process, they have access to their homepage, where they can start sharing files and folders.
Box.net has adopted a "freemium" type business model, which is where companies offer a basic package for free and charges for additional, premium features. Box.net offers 5 GB of personal storage for fre. They also offer business plans. There is also an enterprise option, where a specialized plan can be developed for larger corporations based on their needs. The personal plans starts with 5GB of online storage for free and goes up to 50 GB for $19.99/ month. Business plans start at $15/ month per user and offers up to 1,000 GB of web storage.
Box's 5GB of free online storage is a great tool for anyone who needs to store or wants to share online files. Box.net really shines when it comes to their tailored offerings for business customers. Features like more space, mobile-support, public sharing, box-widget, email-support etc make Box.net a great app for any professional. If Box.net could offer a larger personal storage option, like the 25 GB offered from SkyDrive, it would be a 5-star app for sure! For enterprise and small business needs, Box.net is the ticket.