Drop.io is an online file hosting and sharing service that is designed to be simple and emphasizes privacy. It allows users to create online sharing points called "drops" that are used for uploading documents, images, video, audio, and other digital content without accounts, registration or e-mail addresses. Drops are non-searchable and non-networked.
Drop.io is rooted in a model which highlights trust and transparency with the intent of minimizing the amount of information needed to share privately. It does not require embedded accounts, identity, search, or any other social elements. Its core philosophy is to create a simple, private system based on inputs and outputs. Users send "in" files (documents, images, videos, audio files, archives, and more) via various methods (web, mms, email, phone and fax) into their "Drops". Once in the drops, users can view their content and move it “out” via the web, email, mms, and fax.
In November 2007, Drop.io completed a $1.2 million Series A round of financing lead by RRE Ventures to support the company's development efforts and infrastructure growth. In March 2008, the company closed $2.7 million in series A-1 financing led by New York venture capital firms DFJ Gotham and RRE Ventures.
Drop.io was nominated for the Technical Achievement Award at the South By Southwest 11th Annual Web Awards in 2007.
On June 10th Drop.io and Scribd, the leading platform for online document publishing, announced a partnership to offer rich conversion and viewing within private "drops", to make it easier for people to share private information online. As of 2008, users can find Drop.io on a number of social networking sites, including: Facebook and Twitter.
Drop.io has recently released a series of feature improvements to their platform including 'inputs' and 'outputs' via various interfaces like phone and fax, a twitter 'subscription' mode , and a Firefox plugin that allows users to 'drag and drop' files into new or existing 'drops'
Drop.io also provides premium upgrade codes (up to 25 GB of storage capacity) for $10.00 per year.