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  • peterjustinyu 6:55 am on September 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: APIs, , , resellers, ,   

    Dropmysite launches white-label solutions to maximise resellers’ profits 

    For immediate release, Singapore, 17th Sept 13 – Dropmysite, the startup aiming to backup the Internet, launches white-labelling for its automatic website/database backup service. This will help its global network of resellers to maximise profits and move sales even faster.

    By white-labelling Dropmysite, resellers like hosting companies can rebrand and sell the service as their own. The biggest benefit to resellers on white labelling is increasing profits. As it enables resellers to build their own brand, sell directly on their websites and benefit from any repeat business.

    “We offer resellers an important and new value added service that helps them increase their ARPU,” says John Leung, VP of Sales Asia, Dropmysite. “In return, resellers affords us access to an existing and loyal large customer base which is critical to deploying and scaling or solutions”

    When done properly, resellers will capitalize on their existing territory, client base or market to promote the website and database backup service beyond Dropmysite’s capability (or money) and reach. This platform is also making it much simpler for Dropmysite’s existing reseller deals with GMO Cloud, Xpress Hostings and others to integrate.

    To assist in the easy white-labelling process, Dropmysite launched the API in PHP language, since the majority of web hosting companies support PHP by default. Any company with PHP knowledge should be able to use the white-label API and implement Dropmysite with their own branding, own images, own layout, etc.

    Besides that, Dropmysite also prepared plugins to c-Panel and Parallel Plesk. Resellers mainly use these platforms so that their clients can easily setup websites on their own without knowing all the technical aspects of it. Once the Dropmysite plugins are installed on the respective platforms, the clients can access all Dropmysite’s functionalities from within c-Panel / Plesk interface without leaving the page.

    By doing so, Dropmysite has basically extended the feature of each platform.  Another way to see it, these plugins are similar to apps on Apple Store or Play Store. Once installed on the phone, users can access the site from within their phone without using a desktop or laptop.

    After signing up on Dropmysite’s reseller page, http://www.dropmysite.com/resellers, there are a few examples on how to use the white-label API in PHP, cPanel and Plesk.

    Screen Shot of APIs

    In the future, as the reseller program continues to pick up momentum, Dropmysite will continue to adding more examples and programming languages. In the works are a Python, Javascript and eventually a Ruby-On-Rails version.

    “We have worked hard on the APIs, C-panel and Parallels platforms to enable seamless integration for resellers. It’s a great product and proposition for their customers,” says Leung.

     
  • peterjustinyu 4:01 am on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Dropmysite is making website backups even safer with new monitor tool 

    McGvyer solution to website failure

    McGvyer solution to website failure

    Dropmysite has released another new function: “Website Monitor” – instant notification in the event of website outage. Along with “Email Insights” added earlier, Dropmysite further shows the commercial viability in backing up and analyzing big data.

    Many websites like e-commerce, social network platforms, data centers suffer outages and downtime, millions can be missed out on in lost opportunities and customer dissatisfaction. Dropmysite’s new complimentary tool will come in handy in times of e-crisis.

    “SMEs now gain a cost-effective way to track website uptime and efficiency,” says, John Fearon, CEO and Founder of Dropmysite. “We expect to 10X our ARPU (average revenue per users) over the next few months.”

    “Website Monitor” will allow website owners instant alerts when their online data suffers catastrophic events like website outage, hacks, database crashes and more. With immediate notice of website problems, it is possible to fix it before irreparable damage is done to the website, business and reputation.

    This new tool will complement the existing Dropmysite website/database backup with alerts when the user’s cloud data is compromised. Owners can choose to receive free email notifications or a chargeable SMS.

    1) Monitor Website Availability

    Dropmysite allows you to monitor the uptime of your website and notifies you via email or SMS in the event of a server or network outage. You can monitor your website from anywhere through the web or on mobile.

    2) Generate Website Performance Reports

    Dropmysite lets you analyze the response time (in msecs) of your website from around the world and view them graphically on a chart. You can monitor the performance of either a GET, POST or a HEAD request.

    Big players in this space like Symantec, Akamai and Webmatrix can charge up to $250 USD per month for their service. Also, users will be able to get an overview on the latency of their sites to understand the cause of their web failures.Finally, “Website Monitor” is packaged with its award-winning website and database backup from Dropmysite so no data is lost.

    Notifications for web disasters may not be new but most versions are rather expensive and one-dimensional.

    crash stress

    crash stress

    Dropmysite Others
    Price Free Up to $250USD / month
    Notification Email / SMS Email
    Latency Reports Yes No
    Website backup Yes No

    “Website Monitor”, along with Dropmysite’s website/database backup, to try for 30 days at http://www.dropmysite.com

     
  • peterjustinyu 5:13 am on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , backup on the cloud, , , , , , , , , , , restore backups,   

    Make your web hosting in the cloud stand out 

    Global Web Hosting looks one and the same everywhere

    Global Web Hosting looks one and the same everywhere

    In the past few years, the web hosting industry has been talking about the cloud. Most of us have known it was the next big thing for a considerable time. However, it is now that consumers and small business owners are beginning to understand the way the cloud could transform their lives. Demand has never been higher, the increased demand for cloud hosting is apparent

    But as more hosting companies get into the cloud, how can you make your own services stand out? You need to identify the differences between alternate cloud services, and position your services as something unique.

    In essence, you will need to create an effective strategy for your new cloud services, while, differentiating the cloud services available to your business through partnerships.

    Four ways to make your cloud services more unique

    In the web hosting industry, our technical expertise makes it easy to get excited about the cloud. As you prepare to launch your first cloud services, you will probably be confident they are interesting and attractive to potential customers.

    Unfortunately, many web hosting providers move into cloud services without deciding on a strategy of differentiation. They announce services that are scalable, reliable, and flexible, but these are the core benefits of a cloud, and the ones your competitors already offer.

    Instead, you should focus the design of your cloud and your marketing approach on a more specific benefit. You could choose from:

    • Power and performance: With bigger resource allocations or higher quality hardware in your cloud, you can offer the lightning-fast performance for the busiest web applications. This may be the easiest step to do among all (which everyone else can copy) and hence it is just the first step.
    Strengthen your web hosting capabilities

    Strengthen your web hosting capabilities

    • Security: Many enterprises are concerned about the safety of data when it is hosted in the cloud. Providing comprehensive security features and compliance, you can sell your cloud services based on peace of mind. As mentioned that the cloud is still relatively new, show your clients the various steps taken to keep their data safe.
    Security is paramount, make sure yours is top-notch.

    Security is paramount, make sure yours is top-notch.

    • Service and support: As smaller companies and individuals become more interested in cloud hosting, offering expert advice and assistance can help you find a market for your business. The fastest way to secure a client for the long haul is to have  24/7 call center that speaks the clients’ language – nothing more reassuring then getting your problem solved simply.
    Be available 24/7 or respond ASAP to queries.

    Be available 24/7 or respond ASAP to queries.

    • Cloud backup: Most hosting companies do not bother to go beyond their basic offerings to just host the data. To be able to offer website database backup with easy restores, downloads & migrations will provide a much needed value added service. Also, the ease of access of the data from any location and at any time will be invaluable to your clients. You can go even further to offer email backup as well to take care of all your clients’ data as a one-stop solution. Not only will your set your clients’ minds at ease, with an additional product offering, you can increase your business with them as well. A partnership with a service provider specializing in backup, maybe just the thing.
    Beyond just security, cloud backups makes your data always available and accessible everywhere.

    Beyond just security, cloud backups makes your data always available and accessible everywhere.

    Almost everyone in the web hosting industry is preparing to launch cloud services. By taking the time to think about what makes your solutions different before you begin, you can connect with an audience and gain visibility in this crowded market.

    Conquer all with your differentiation in the cloud!

    Conquer all with your differentiation in the cloud!

     
  • peterjustinyu 8:41 am on June 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Nothing is hack-proof, but an immediate response goes a long way 

    Hacked!

    Bouts of hacker vigilante justice is unpredictable – any site could be targeted for a cause, to send a message or for no reason whatsoever. No matter how secure your website can be, it is bound to be hacked, crash due to overwhelming traffic, server outages or more. It is prudent then to react as soon as possible to rectify the situation.

     

    On 27th June, Singapore Healthcare merchant, Eu Yan Seng, had their website defaced. The Indonesian perpetrator was trying to send a message about Singaporean netizen complaints or name-calling about Indonesia on the recent hazardous haze wafting over the seas.

    EuYanSeng Defaced Screenshot

    Why would someone choose Eu Yan Seng as a target to make his/her message known? A look up on Alexa will show that this website does not generate enough traffic to capture enough attention. As a prominent supplier of traditional Chinese medication, the  target audience that would visit this site would typically be those who are older and unlikely web savvy.

     

    There are definitely higher profile websites that can be attacked to make the news (various government sites, media sites, banks & etc. come to mind). Perhaps Eu Yan Seng’s website has the most vulnerable code or that in this period of haze or more people will be looking to improve their immune systems. While we can only speculate on the why, we know that damage has been done.

     

    As a merchant with a eStore, there would lost sales / opportunity. Visitors to the site would have been put off making a purchase. There would also be a displacement of credibility for the brand. There may be an association with danger which contradicts the health benefits that Eu Yan Seng would want to promote about their products.

     

    One thing is for sure is that Eu Yan Seng is not the only victim and collateral damage in a crusader’s mission. Other high profile hacks in recent memory include Anonymous hacking and defacing North and South Korean sites on the anniversary of the Korean War and Israeli sites in an audacious attempt to wipe them off the Internet. These are more political motivated and indeed more extensive attacks.

     

    In many occasions, there could be an agenda or not. Some hackers just do it for the fun it, to prove that they can, bragging rights and a myriad of random reasons. The site can be defaced, crashed or have its databases deleted or all of the above. This unfortunately means that any site, at any time, for any reason could be compromised. According to Richard Power, editorial director of the Computer Security Institute, single instances of hacking may cost as much as $600,000 to $7m a day for online businesses in 2011, depending upon the revenue of the operation.

    Every second of down time, you are losing $

    Corporations are especially open to such attacks and also have the most to lose. So that’s why many firms invest significant amounts of their budget each year on cyber security. Even then it is not fool-proof.

     

    The sad thing is that while prevention is better than cure, when hackers strike, the only response is a reactive one. And when your site is defaced, offline or down, the moments following which will be crucial. Which means that the earlier that you can respond, the less you stand to lose. The worst thing that could happen is when the website fails during off-work hours. While employers/employees work 8-10 hours a day, your website is 24/7. When you do not have a 24hr tech team on retainer or standby, there could be a few hours where the site is in purgatory and you will be paying the price.

     

    With that in mind, Dropmysite - a website backup solution in the cloud, created “Website Monitor”. Users will get an instantaneous update via email or SMS when something goes awry with the website. You or the website administrator will be alerted and be able to start getting things back to normal immediately. If you have already a website backup, it could be as easy as clicking restore.

    Besides that, there are website performance reports that lets users analyze the response time (in msecs) of their websites from around the world and view them graphically on a chart. Users can monitor the performance of either a GET, POST or a HEAD request.

    Why backup?” you might ask.

    Why Dropmysite?

    Quick intro to Dropmysite – website backup

     

    The easy answer is that while you can’t stop hacks, you can very well immediately prevent it from doing more damage. Backing up your website and databases is the first step to keep your Internet safe.

    If you want to be as near to hack-proof as you can, take a 30 day trial of Dropmysite today.

     
  • peterjustinyu 4:18 am on June 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: business website backup, enterprise site backup, hack crash fail, outage notification, site backup, SME website backup, website archiving, , website management, website migration   

    Dropmysite is making website backups even safer with new monitor tool 

    For immediate release, Singapore, June 25th 2013 – Dropmysite has released another new function: “Website Monitor” – instant notification in the event of website outage. Along with “Email Insights” added earlier, Dropmysite further shows the commercial viability in backing up and analyzing big data.

     

    Many websites like e-commerce, social network platforms, data centers suffer outages and downtime, millions can be missed out on in lost opportunities and customer dissatisfaction. Dropmysite’s new complimentary tool will come in handy in times of e-crisis.

    Hi! Your website is down! From DMS

    “SMEs now gain a cost-effective way to track website uptime and efficiency,” says, John Fearon, CEO and Founder of Dropmysite. “We expect to 10X our ARPU (average revenue per users) over the next few months.”

     

    “Website Monitor” will allow website owners instant alerts when their online data suffers catastrophic events like website outage, hacks, database crashes and more. With immediate notice of website problems, it is possible to fix it before irreparable damage is done to the website, business and reputation.

     

    This new tool will complement the existing Dropmysite website/database backup with alerts when the user’s cloud data is compromised. Owners can choose to receive free email notifications or a chargeable SMS.

     

    1) Monitor Website Availability

    Dropmysite allows you to monitor the uptime of your website and notifies you via email or SMS in the event of a server or network outage. You can monitor your website from anywhere through the web or on mobile.

     

    2) Generate Website Performance Reports

    Dropmysite lets you analyze the response time (in msecs) of your website from around the world and view them graphically on a chart. You can monitor the performance of either a GET, POST or a HEAD request.

     

    Big players in this space like Symantec, Akamai and Webmatrix can charge up to $250 USD per month for their service. Also, users will be able to get an overview on the latency of their sites to understand the cause of their web failures.Finally, “Website Monitor” is packaged with its award-winning database and website backup from Dropmysite so no data is lost.

     

    Notifications for web disasters may not be new but most versions are rather expensive and one-dimensional.

      Dropmysite Others
    Price Free Up to $250USD / month
    Notification Email / SMS Email
    Latency Reports Yes No
    Website backup Yes No

     

    “Website Monitor”, along with Dropmysite’s website/database backup, to try for 30 days at http://www.dropmysite.com

     

    Dropmysite / Dropmyemail

    Dropmysite is a company that backs up the Internet, with a focus on backing up Cloud data, such as websites, emails, chat, social media, and more. The company has developed and launched two websites: http://www.Dropmysite.com

    and http://www.Dropmyemail.com – the latter is a Cloud-to-Cloud backup solution for Emails, a freemium consumer service that lets you backup your emails, contacts, chat and calendars, automatically. It is a simple and secure process that works with almost all platforms, including Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Gmail, Exchange, Enterprise and more.

     

    Dropmyemail was launched on 1 March 2012 at DEMO Asia, the leading event for the best and brightest companies to launch to a global audience, and awarded the “DemoGURU” and “Freedom” Award.

     

    Today, this startup has been featured on CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Venture Beat, Tech Crunch and more. The company was selected amongst the hottest 20 startups by Singapore Business Review in 2013. The combined websites of Dropmysite / Dropmyemail has almost 1 million signups, offices in 4 countries (Dallas, Texas, US / Mumbai, India / Tokyo, Japan / Singapore) and the website is translated into 9 languages (English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese / Hindi / Spanish / Korean / Japanese / Bahasa Indonesia / Thai).

     
  • peterjustinyu 7:19 am on April 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Dropmysite – improved inside and outside to better backup your website 

    Dropmysite 2.0 explained in a short video http://bit.ly/17h6nQd

    Safeguard your cloud

    For immediate release, Singapore, April 16th 2013 – Dropmysite, the simple and elegant website/database backup solution in the cloud, has released major improvements to its functions and looks. Users of the service will now be able to keep their data safer at a cheaper rate and find it easier to manage.

    In recent months, major reseller and partnership deals were signed with GMO Cloud and Xpress Hosting to bring backup services into Japan and Latin America respectively. These partners have requested to resell these website backup services to their expansive client lists and hence needing to upgrade Dropmysite match the demand.

    “We expect to backup half a million websites with GMO Cloud and Xpress Hosting over the next 12 months. These deals will make us a profitable company,” says John Fearon, Founder and CEO of Dropmysite.

    With an estimated 6,000 websites hacked and blacklisted daily1 and 63% of website owners being unaware of being compromised2, Dropmysite has gained plaudits the world over for solving a great need in backing up websites. Since launching in August 2011, Dropmysite serves as an insurance against rampant hacking, frequent server failures and sudden website crashing for 45,000 users.

    DMS Screenshot

    Minor additions have been added along the way which have created quite a buzz in the webmaster and developer communities. As each update is added, the service started to see more signups. With this major revamp of significant improvements to the Dropmysite, there will be an anticpated surge of interest.

    1st, incremental backups – were implemented to allow more data to be backed up faster with less storage. Previously, the service was slow in making archival copies by backing up the entire website and database.

    2nd, public key authentication – with this addition, Dropmysite is now much more secure for users. This is on top of using military grade encryptions and ciphers to retrieve the information. This ensures websites’ constant protection while it is backed up.

    3rd, full directory browser for advanced searches – Users may now be able to search and find specific files throughout the entire database. They can then make changes or retrieve it as they wish.

    4th, on-demand immediate backups and restorations – This improvement will make users’ lives easier with no delays or limits to the frequency in backups and restorations. Like a time machine, it allows users to retrieve backups like snapshots into the past.

    5th, PostgreSQL support – Dropmysite is now available to the most advanced open source database.

    6th, improved user experience and user interface – the service no longer looks like a basic MVP and is now sleeky to look at while offering a smoother backup journey for users.

    Get the best security for your website

    Using Dropmysite together with Dropmyemail, personal email backup and business email backup solution, users will be able to safeguard their presence in the cloud. The sky is the limit for the company as there is yet to be a worthwhile substitute for the service to over 40 billion websites and 4 billion emaill addresses on the Internet.

    “Besides the current deals in Japan and Mexico, there are many more negotiations in progress for the US, India and Singapore. Backing up the Internet is big business,” says Fearon.

    About Dropmysite

    Dropmysite is a company that backs up the Internet, with a focus on backing up Cloud data, such as websites, emails, chat, social media, and more. The company has developed and launched two websites: http://www.Dropmysite.com

    and http://www.Dropmyemail.com – the latter is a Cloud-to-Cloud backup solution for Emails, a freemium consumer service that lets you backup your emails, contacts, chat and calendars, automatically. It is a simple and secure process that works with almost all platforms, including Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Gmail, Exchange, Enterprise and more.

    Dropmyemail was launched on 1 March 2012 at DEMO Asia, the leading event for the best and brightest companies to launch to a global audience, and awarded the “DemoGURU” and “Freedom” Award.

    Since then, Dropmysite has been featured on Angels’ Gate (Channel News Asia), Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat, CNBC and more. The company was recently selected amongst the hottest 20 startups in 2013 by Singapore Business Review.

    The new Dropmysite service will offer a 15 day trial before having to sign up for one of the following plans.

    10   GB            $19.99 USD

    30   GB            $49.99 USD

    60   GB            $89.99 USD

    100 GB            $149.99 USD

    Requirements beyond 100 GB can also be arranged.

     
    • Rex 4:33 am on April 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This blog is the only URL that I can access for dropmysite.com . It is the only website I am having problems with at the moment. Are you guys still open for business? I would like to sign up if there is anyway I can reliably connect. I’ll try a proxy server and see what happens.

    • peterjustinyu 2:53 am on April 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Rex, http://www.dropmysite.com is up and running. Do try it again and if there are any further questions, you can contact our sales guys support@dropmysite.com

      Thank you for your interest is backing up your website and database!

      • Rex 3:58 am on April 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Peter, Tks for the fast reply. I can access today no problem. Obviously just a temporary glitch on my end. I worked in Singapore for two years. One of my favorite places! Aloha, Rex .

  • peterjustinyu 4:56 am on April 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    World Backup Day? It should be World Backup Everyday 

    While it is prudent to create a World Backup Day to remind everyone to copy all your data, once a year is not really enough.

    March 31st has been marked as World Backup Day – where proponents of safeguarding the Internet is pleading for people to pledge to backup all their data before April Fools – the day where nothing can be taken at face value.

    Well, April Fools has come and gone without much incident or major hoaxes. Though the occasion serves as a warning that the joke will truly be on you when the proverbial hits the fan and you are not backed up.

    In all seriousness, losing data hosted in the cloud is no laughing matter. The sheer statistics is appalling:

    - More than 60 million computers will fail worldwide in 2013.

    - Only 1 in 4 people back up their information regularly – that’s roughly 45 million times this year where files will be lost forever.

    - Even worse – 113 cell phones are lost or stolen every minute in the United States alone.

    Losing personal data is equivalent to forgetting a cherished memory. Imagine the scene of your child’s first steps / words, your graduation ceremony, wedding, post college road trip and other significant moments in your life that shaped who you are. Now imagine all that gone as you now have nothing to remember it by.

    That is the worry of having your memories digitalized and stored in the cloud. These vivid vignettes of your life may be kept safe from the elements and misplacement but now it is under danger of getting electronically erased entirely. Personal items are priceless and there is no measure of sorrow for those mourning their loss.

    Besides, risking losing a part of yourself due to personal errors, hackers, server failures and other data malfunctions, a business that is struck will be devastated as well. Business owners are often less likely to prioritize web security, including website backup

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    According to Forbes, one in four business owners are not fully protected against cyber risks even though 65% of business owners believe that their websites are critical to their businesses.

    Given the fact that 40% of cyber attacks are against companies with fewer than 500 employees, web security and website backups should be a high priority for all small and mid-size businesses.

    Websites, databases and emails are lifelines of modern day businesses. A major company will suffer tremendously is suddenly these were to disappear into thin air. It will be a major embarrassment and perhaps a loss of revenue but they will likely live to fight another day.

    However, small medium businesses and enterprises (SMEs / SMBs) will not have the chance. When a small outfit loses its website, its credibility is shot. When its databases collapses, everything that has been built up (contacts, images, invoices, etc) goes up in a puff of smoke. When business email correspondences are amiss, there will be no way to keep track of and in touch with suppliers or customers. The lifeline of millions of entrepreneurs, their staff and their families depend on common vulnerable technology.

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    Now you know the dangers and importance of data loss, backing up is easy. Once set up, your data should be backing up automatically. You just need to check every once in a while to make sure your backups actually work.

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    According to World Backup Day, there are three main types of backup solutions:

    LOCAL BACKUP

    Every week, copy your most important files onto an external hard drive next to your desk, in your closet, or any other place where you can easily retrieve it.

    You can even use Windows Backup (or Time Machine, if you have a Mac) to do this automatically!

    OFFSITE BACKUP

    Another automatic backup or an external hard drive that’s stashed at another location, such as a bank vault, friend’s house or even in a data center in another state. This protects your backup in case of theft, natural disaster or simple hardware failure.

    CLOUD BACKUP

    Similar to an offsite backup, this automatically website, database, email backup to the Internet. This makes multiple copies of your files at various places around the world, making it hard to lose any of your files. It’s super simple and done instantly – you barely need to do anything!

    However, your backups can be a little bit of a pain to retrieve though (it’s a lot of stuff you have to download!) so having this option in conjunction with one of the above is a good, secure plan.

    Things to backup:

    - Computer

    - Laptop

    - Phone

    - iPod

    - Tablet

    - Other electronic devices

    - Photos and videos on social networks and other online services.

    Ways your devices can fail and lose your data.

    - Theft

    - Hardware failure

    - Natural disaster

    - Obsolete file formats

    - You forgot where you put it

    The key is to make multiple duplicates of your data – have a backup to back up your backup, just in case. The threats to your e-security are constant – the wise thing to do is to know that your data is precarious and backup often (if not daily).

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  • John 12:29 am on March 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Angelsgate, , , reality tv   

    The insider story of Dropmysite on Angels Gate 

    Angelsgate lift

    A little over a year ago, I was a contestant on Angels Gate, angel investor reality show. I came, I pitched and I was funded. On camera, it may seem like it was a piece of cake but the ride was an arduous one. I believe I became stronger after that experience and I would like to share that adventure in detail.

    1. Pre-Screening

    At the time of receiving the application to be part of the show, I was still working on my 1st tech startup, EatAds – the online marketplace to buy/sell outdoor advertising. I entered on the basis of that business and was quite confident of its success on-air and off-air.

    2. First Elevator Pitch (Up)

    A while later, I was called in to start the first round of filming. By then, I was already on a new venture, Dropmysite. The EatAds website crashed due to a hosting failure and I lost a bunch of data. It was embarrassing to apologize to clients for someone else’s mistake – many of whom never returned. As there wasn’t a suitable remedy in the market, the inspiration struck to build a product to back up websites. This was before pivoting to Dropmyemail, the most comprehensive email backup solution in the cloud.

    I got mic-ed up and I walked into the lift with one of the angels, William Klippgen (Singapore-based Norwegian entrepreneur and technology investor). I had 30 seconds, while the elevator went up, to pitch and if what I said piqued his interest, I get to do a full pitch to all the Angels. As I was talking about backing up websites, Klippgen looked confused and rather upset. He was under the impression that I would be talking about outdoor advertising so he turned me down.

    I walked out of the lift feeling dazed. I was not expecting to be tossed out without getting to layout my business properly. It was a horrifying feeling.

    3. Second Elevator Pitch (Down)

    Following which, there was a short discussion between the producers, Klippgen and me to clarify what was going on. I talked about Dropmysite’s traction – 8,000 signups in 3 months and tying up potential reseller deals with Reliance Telecom in India. Klippgen heard this and said, “Let’s do it again.”

    Though glad to be called back in for a second chance to pitch, I was still nervous as I botched it once before. This time as the lift ascended, I stammered slightly while delivering my speech. On the top floor, Klippgen gives it a moment’s thought and says ok. I’m relieved to be finally making it to the Angels Gate.

    4. Between the Elevator Pitch and The Shoot

    Following this, there was a two-week wait. I constructed the best deck of slides I could and yet I wasn’t 100% sure. I handed it to a trusted friend, Nicholas Gan, to look it through. After numerous tweaks, the slides looked better.

    At this point, Dropmysite’s traction improved to 15,000 signups. While that is great, my bootstrapping funds are running out and I’m having issues paying rent that month. So for me, this pitch is a last toss of the dice for my family’s future.

    5. 1 hour before The Shoot

    One of the Angels, Ken Mandel, came up to me and asked what I will be pitching. He was surprised that I was going to talking about Dropmysite instead of EatAds. He told me someone was just tossed off the show for pitching something different from their initial application. To be rejected based on a technicality would be a nightmare. Hurriedly, I got a new application form and changed out the details.

    6. The Shoot

    It was time to pitch like I’ve never done before. You can see my vintage slide deck here.

    Despite still slipping up slightly, I did the best I could and my gut instinct told me that the show would want to negotiate any deal I offered so I made a decision to increase my demands to 20% stake for $350,000 at a $1,750,000 valuation from original demand of 25% for $200,000.

    Then, it was time for the Angels to discuss and for me to sit on the edge of my seat in the green room. Though the segment aired was around 15 minutes long, the actual filming took around 10 hours to complete. An eternity passed and I was called back into the studio. The Angels said yes to invest and my heart leapt.

    In truth, I understood that as a reality show, the negotiations would be part of the entertainment. So in fact, the offered package was my reserved price for parting with the stake. I earnestly agreed to the deal.

    7. The Aftermath

    After the spotlights have dimmed, it was back to reality. The fund behind the show expressed interest in both EatAds and Dropmysite so we went through a few round of discussion. The final amount I got for both businesses was in fact $365,000.

    I was elated that both my businesses are now funded well enough to grow fast and lean. It was a huge relief that I can continue to put food on the table. In my entrepreneurial escapades, I’ve suffered many setbacks and kept coming back for more. The main takeaway from this roller coaster ride is – never give up. Sticking to your beliefs till the bitter end might actually be quite sweet.

    Now that you know the inside story, see the video of the full episode here and the insider interview here.

    Angelsgate judges

    The judges from the show

     
  • peterjustinyu 6:44 am on March 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Dropmysite co-brands with Mexican partner to backup Spanish websites and emails 

    Dropmysite has partnered prominent Mexican web hosting company, Xpress Hosting, to “hacer copias de respaldo en la nube” or in other words: co-brand and resell its comprehensive website and email backup solution in Spanish.

    Done deal!

    Dropmysite is tying up this deal to bring in revenues from the burgeoning Spanish-speaking economies around the world. Spanish is the third most popular language used on the Internet with 164 million users in 2011 (Internet World Stats)1. With Dropmysite already available in Spanish, it will be easy for these users to adopt the website and email backup service.

     

    Xpress Hosting, the fastest growing web-hosting company in Mexico, was chosen as the partner in the region due to its large client base and geographical reach. The company will offer Dropmysite’s services to its over 100,000 customers with over 500,000 web domains in countries like Mexico and Argentina.

    Getting into the Spanish cloud

    In addition, Xpress Hosting will market all Dropmysite products like its website back up services throughout South America, Spain and Spanish-speaking regions in the US like Texas and Florida.

     

    “Xpress hosting is a great partner for us in Mexico. The Latin American market is huge and Xpress Hosting’s expertise will be invaluable to us.” says John Fearon, CEO and Founder of Dropmysite.

     

    This co-branding and reselling deal is perfect for Dropmysite and Xpress Hosting. By linking up with a trusted local entity, this will bring the global brand, directly into the Spanish-speaking market.

     

    With an integrated website, email backup product coupled with aggressive marketing, both parties expect the collaboration to be a resounding success.

     

    “Dropmysite is a perfect fit for our customer base, we’re always looking for ways to improve our services to make sure our customers get nothing short of the very best that we can offer and Dropmysite allow us to do just that”, said Julian Flores, CEO of Xpress Hosting”

     

    With significant partners like GMO Cloud in Japan and now Xpress Hosting in Mexico, Dropmysite is rapidly building its presence all around the world.

     

    Dropmysite has worked its product to be localized by being translated to 8 languages and having local offices in the US, Argentina, Japan, India and Singapore.

     

    The Dropmysite team will continue its efforts to find other worthwhile companies to collaborate with. Also, over the next few months, Dropmysite expects to annouce more such deals on its road to profitability.

     

    For this Singaporean startup, this is a small but significant step towards the grand vision to eventually “hacer una copia de respaldo de internet” or backing up the Internet.

     

    About Xpress Hosting

     

    Xpress Hosting is the fastest growing web hosting company in Mexico. The company is founded in 2002, privately held and has around 200 employees.

     

    It offers quality web hosting for small business, dedicated web hosting and web applications for medium and large enterprises. Besides that, there is also the provision of hosting solutions in clusters of High-Availability (HA), load-balanced clusters, domain registration, and search engine optimization.

     

    For more information, visit http://www.xpress.com.mx

     

    About Dropmysite

     

    Dropmysite is a company that backs up the Internet, with a focus on backing up Cloud data, such as websites, emails, chat, social media, and more. The company has developed and launched two websites: http://www.Dropmysite.com

    and http://www.Dropmyemail.com – the latter is a Cloud-to-Cloud backup solution for Emails, a freemium consumer service that lets you backup your emails, contacts, chat and calendars, automatically. It is a simple and secure process that works with almost all platforms, including Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Gmail, Exchange, Enterprise and more.

     

    Dropmyemail was launched on 1 March 2012 at DEMO Asia, the leading event for the best and brightest companies to launch to a global audience, and awarded the “DemoGURU” and “Freedom” Award.

     

    Since then, Dropmysite has been featured on Angels’ Gate (Channel News Asia), Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat, CNBC and more. The company was selected amongst the hottest 20 startups by Singapore Business Review 2013.

     

    The latest product offer is Dropmyemail Business, which will allow SMB corporate business full control and backup of its email accounts where users can take a 30 day trial before signing up.

     
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