At last year’s Disrupt NY, Kloudless launched its service for easily moving data between email and various clouds. That, however, was just the first stage in the service’s evolution. Returning to the stage at Disrupt NY today, Kloudless CEO and co-founder Eliot Sun announced the launch of the company’s API that allows developers to easily connect their apps to multiple cloud storage services like Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, SugarSync or Google Drive.
In its earliest stage, Kloudless was “just” a plug-in for connecting email services to cloud storage services. But while building that first version of the service, the team quickly realized that all of the APIs it was trying to work with were quite different from each other, which made their integration complex and time-consuming. Based on this experience, the team then decided to create a simpler solution for developers faced with the same challenge.
Sun wasn’t quite ready to call this a pivot, so he settled on calling it a “fast-tracked evolution.” The Berkeley, Calif.-based company now has eight full-time and five half-time developers.
As Sun told me, what often happens today is that developers only integrate a single storage service into their apps — often Dropbox — because it’s too hard to build integrations with a wide range of services. Even though SugarSync has millions of paying customers, for example, very few third-party services actually support it.
The new API quietly launched a month ago and Sun told me today, over 2,200 developers signed up for the service within the first month of going live and today, over 2,500 businesses like National Geographic, Roche, BBVA and Twitter are using its products and services.
In addition, Sun today announced exclusive partnerships with Barracuda, Bitcasa, Citrix and Egnyte. “Working with Kloudless enables developers to innovate more quickly on applications that work with Bitcasa,” says Jon Chang, Director of Partner Programs at Bitcasa.”This is valuable for developers and our platform ecosystem.”
Premium plans for the API start at $15 per month, but to celebrate today’s launch — and Kloudless’ return to the Disrupt stage — the team is giving 100 TechCrunch readers $250 in credit for using the service. All you have to do is sign up for Kloudless using this link.