Before iCloud, Apple tried to buy Dropbox for nine digits
Victoria Barret of Forbes profiles Dropbox today and reveals how co-founder Drew Houston was made an offer by Steve Jobs and Apple that it turns out he could refuse.
In December 2009 Jobs beckoned Houston (pronounced like the New York City street, not the Texas city) and his partner, Arash Ferdowsi, for a meeting at his Cupertino office. “I mean, Steve friggin’ Jobs,” remembers Houston, now 28. “How do you even prepare for that?” When Houston whipped out his laptop for a demo, Jobs, in his signature jeans and black turtleneck, coolly waved him away: “I know what you do.”
Housten and Dropbox didn't want a buyout, even a nine digit one. They wanted to build a company. Jobs told them they were a "feature, not a product" and at WWDC 2011 revealed iCloud.
The entire article is fascinating. Give it a read.