The file sharing game is changing, and it’s affecting everyone from casual users and freelancers to professionals. We are unfortunate victims, caught in the competitive crossfire of companies that now reign as kings of the cloud and lords of file sharing.
One of the most recent shots was fired by Droplr. In a modest, yet definitive Tumblr post, the company announced the termination of its free service. New and current users must now sign up and pay for a subscription if they wish to use the tool for more than 30 days.
Droplr certainly has its reasons for completely eliminating its free tier. After all, every company needs to make strategic decisions to survive. However, many of you that lean heavily on the app might think that it’s a bit much to fork out the extra $100 per year. In that case, Infinit might be the right solution for you.
You may be thinking that Infinit could eventually go the way of Droplr, completely eliminating its free offer. However, there is a major distinction to be made between the two apps. Droplr is constrained by the cloud. The company absorbs the costs of storing and serving files for free users. Infinit, on the other hand, uses a different technology that connects users directly without relying on the cloud. Because, Infinit doesn’t have to absorb the same costs as Droplr, CloudApp, WeTransfer, YouSendIt or any other cloud service, we will always have a free option.
With a clean, intuitive design, Infinit offers many advantages over Droplr including the absence of file size limits and transfer speeds between 3x and 23x faster than cloud-based services like Droplr. Admittedly, Infinit is still young. A beta version is available on Mac and an alpha version for Windows is set to be released in the coming weeks. Many new features are in the pipeline as well, like direct downloads via email. Give it a try now. You’ll be happy that you did!
We’re happy to announce that Infinit is making another leap forward. Today, the desktop app is officially available in public beta meaning that you can now use Infinit without any restrictions.
To highlight this new release, we wanted to show you exactly what we mean when we say, “Infinit is the fastest file transfer application ever built.” After all, everyone and their moms claim their app’s speed is unparalleled. Let’s put that to the test. The chart below shows the performance of Infinit and 7 of the most widely used applications for sending files. The comparison is done for transferring the same 100MB file over the Internet, at fixed upload and download bandwidths of 3Mb/s.
You can see that Infinit clocked in at 5:29, 2.5 times faster than WeTransfer and just under 2 times faster than second place, Hightail’s YouSendIt service, which clocked in at 10:14. CloudApp and Dropbox performed the most poorly, at transfer times nearly 3 times longer than that of Infinit. Because Infinit is a peer-to-peer application, whereas the others are Cloud-based, uploading and downloading occur concurrently, effectively cutting the total transfer time down by nearly 50%.
Using a peer-to-peer configuration has major advantages that largely transcend physical distances. Below we show the same comparison for a 2GB transfer in a local network (e.g. the same Wifi network).
The most noticeable difference is Infinit’s transfer time of only about 13 minutes, versus the next fastest tool, Hightail’s YouSendIt, which logged more than 3.5 hours. WeTransfer came in at 14 times slower than Infinit, and Dropbox was the slowest again at over 5 hours. The peer-to-peer technology underlying Infinit automatically recognizes the quickest way to connect two people. So if you’re on the same Wifi network as your counterpart, your transfer simply goes as fast as your Wifi connection’s speed. Every other tool still has to sync with the Cloud, meaning that the proximity of a sender and a recipient doesn’t matter at all.
Infinit is already being used by hundreds of creatives around the world. Many of you are sound and video professionals, digital artists in communication and branding or freelancers. Some of you use Infinit to send personal photo albums, videos or songs. As an application designed with productivity and speed at its heart, Infinit just makes sending anything easy.
Thank you to the many of you that helped us test our alpha and private beta versions over the past few months. Your feedback and suggestions have been invaluable, and we’re very excited to continue this adventure with you.
Infinit is available today on OS X Mavericks, the most recent version of Apple’s operating system. Released publicly last week, OS X Mavericks was announced as a free update for anyone currently running OS X Snow Leopard or later versions. Because Mavericks has brought with it many technical improvements and modifications, we encourage everyone using Infinit to update their operating system.
If you’re already running Infinit on Mavericks, you may have noticed that some views in the app did not work correctly or caused crashes. This update will ensure that Infinit now functions properly. Later this week, another update will be made available to improve the performance of the app.
For those of you already running Infinit, you will be directly prompted to upgrade to the new version of Infinit. If you’d like to update, but Infinit is not open on your computer, just relaunch the app and wait a moment to receive the update message.
The past few months have been incredibly productive for the California-based creators of everything slim and sleek. If you follow pretty much any tech media, you’ve probably read the news that Apple released a new operating system, OS X Mavericks, yesterday afternoon. For the first time in Apple’s history, the OS has been made available for free! So, seriously… no more excuses to avoid updates. We’re talking to you Snow Leopard and Lion people ;)
We’re happy to announce that Infinit will work without a hitch on OS X Mavericks. In fact, an update will be available next week that will take care of any discrepancies between OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion.
In other, perhaps more exciting news, Infinit is almost ready for a debut on Windows. A Windows 7 version will be ready for early November. The Windows 7 Alpha will be a stripped down version of Infinit, with basic sending and receiving functionalities. Don’t fret though! During the final months of this year, we’ll be working on cleaning it up and adding in the missing pieces.
If you or any of your friends are interested in testing out the Alpha, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll set you up as soon as it’s out!
“… the greater number of a man’s errors come before him disguised under the specious form of necessity; then, after error has been committed in a moment of excitement, of delirium, or of fear, we see that we might have avoided and escaped it.”
- Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
The early parts of this summer have been a whirlwind of optimization, tweaking and upgrading that has left Infinit looking and feeling more like a Ferrari than a Fiat. But that did not come easily. Rare is it that we have an opportunity to take a step back and understand the decisions we are making or those, which we are about to make. It is this reasoning that we have wholly adopted these past several weeks. After all, big leaps require reflection and deliberation.
We’re happy to say that today is the day that Infinit grows up. Our private beta is now open and as new users sign up, we’ll be sending out invitations on a more consistent and express basis. As always, we’ll be testing with some of you, asking for feedback and consistently improving the app’s functionalities. All the while, we’ll be developing some highly awaited new features like an automatic pause/resume feature, a view of your history and transfer confirmation receipts.
In September, we’ll be open for download with both free and paid versions of the file transfer application. However, anyone who downloads Infinit before our open beta launch will benefit from a free version of the unlimited paid file transfer application for life.
Regarding this release, we truly wanted to take the experience to another level, both on a visual plane and that of the functional as well. Some of the improvements you’ll clearly recognize, others are tucked behind icons, notifications and encrypted data streams. Here’s what you can expect this time around:
In order to benefit from these updates, you’ll need to relaunch Infinit and accept the update. It’ll only take a few seconds :)
We’d like to thank all of the people that helped us test this version of Infinit and offer us feedback. In addition, we’d like to shout out to Eric, Geoffrey, Emmanuel, Jeff, Morgan and Cyril for helping us spot some important bugs. We’re also happy to welcome the new members of our community!
For the past 15 years, the French Ministry of Research has held a competition to discover and support the country’s most innovative and disruptive young companies. French culture boasts a profound reliance on philosophy and rationality that has, in the past century, become grounded in mathematics, research and science. For this reason, it is no surprise that the French government invests heavily in emerging concepts based in research. The National Research Contest has become an effective way for the Ministry of Research to help companies expand on their foundations in research by supporting their evolution to the innovative services of tomorrow.
The 2013 National Research Contest saw nearly 1000 companies apply, each in existence for less than 2 years. The goal of the competition was to source and award the most disruptive companies in various fields from chemical and materials sciences and biotechnologies to information technologies and mechanics. Companies are judged by experts within each of the categories, based on their technological innovation and their ability to create or lead a new market.
On July 2, Infinit was named winner of the Information Technologies and Software category. The announcement was exciting and encouraging news for our team. It reflected the impact and pertinence of our strategy and a belief by the expert judges that our approach to data management was in not only feasible, but also coherent and actionable. In the end, the experience was enjoyable and we particularly enjoyed meeting people that share our vision of privacy and confidentiality of personal data.
You might be wondering about the product. Don’t worry! We’re only days away from a far more powerful Infinit! This new version is going to be absolutely amazing so stay tuned for more details and for those of you who are on our waiting list, keep an eye out for your invitation!
We know how much the USA can love itself at this time of year. No company has made a better effort to capitalize on American nationalism this year than Motorola, a Google company. Their recent ad for the Moto X inspired us to make our own version, one oriented towards French pride :-) After all, Bastille Day is only 10 days away.
Until now, most of our blog posts have focused on Infinit, as a product, as a technology – as a company. While these aspects are at the core of our organization’s subsistence, they are still only a reflection of the underlying human elements that bring them into being and guide their evolution. Rarely does a startup offer insight into its culture and the people behind their product’s experience. Today, we’d like to open the door and offer you a peek into our world – not our backgrounds and résumés, but our dreams, our shared values and our common inspiration.
While we don’t place a heavy emphasis on where we’re based geographically, it does in fact play a role in our approach to culture and value systems. Paris is at the heart of a country that has experienced a long history of monarchy, social strife, revolution, global hegemony and decline in the era of globalization. This saga has resulted in an amazingly diverse population complemented by a socioeconomic culture oriented towards the improvement of the social good. I should note here that the underlying importance of this progress does not lay in its political mechanisms, but rather the worldview that the ideology represents – socioeconomic equality for the masses and profitable opportunities for those that seek them.
Infinit’s culture is thus built upon 4 main pillars.
The spark that hurdled Infinit from idea to endeavor was kindled in scientific exploration at the University of Cambridge. It was formally laid out in a doctoral thesis entitled, Towards a Worldwide Storage Infrastructure, describing the foundations of our technology, which we refer to as a decentralized file system. Naturally, the engineers that first joined Infinit were focused heavily on research and development, growing their beards and listening to metal music, the 3 necessary characteristics that allow for great breadth and flexibility in software. These first hires placed a huge emphasis on logic and reason, and have set the foundations for a scientific approach at Infinit.
One should never evaluate an individual solely based on his or her age or the length of his or her hair. The youngest person at Infinit is 22 years old, and the oldest, 29. We were born in the 1980s, came of age in the 1990s and truly began experiencing the world as adults, in the last decade or so. Walking the line between Generation Y and Digital Native offers us a distinctive perspective on the evolution of the human experience with technology. We’re sensitive to design in a way our parents were never able to grasp. The distinction between a gratifying experience like that of Spotify and a satisfactory one like that of Grooveshark makes or breaks a product for us. In a world with too many options, the experience counts more than the features and functionalities. While we are not unique in having lived through this period of technological revolution, we do make a meaningful effort to recognize the importance of the evolving use of technology and apply it to our own vision through the principles of simplicity, design and fun, touted by so many successful tech companies. We do, however, attempt to push a step further by developing the experience as one that inspires feeling and emotion.
Each day, without skipping a beat, two or more of our team members engage in intellectual debates, addressing topics as diverse as the redistribution of wealth and Bitcoin to laws governing GMOs or the semantics of the English and French vocabularies. In most cases, our overarching views on these topics are actually quite similar, which allows us to debate in good faith and maintain positive attitudes. However, the logic we use to arrive at similar conclusions offers more than enough fodder to ignite immersive sub-debates that often lead to new and/or ridiculous spin off conversations such as a subjective comparison of duck confit and duck magret. Surprisingly, the only point of non-contention is the unanimous regard of Roquefort as the best cheese. Our discussions are varied and can be deep, playful or pointed, not as the result of pedigrees in debate and philosophy from Harvard or Cambridge, but because we’ve asked why and how enough to reasonably understand our world, its status quo and the ironies of human nature.
Although the tone of this post may present us as serious semi-hipsters and wannabe philosophers, fun is far from a foreign concept to us. Our founders grew up in a little known region of France called Deux-Sèvres. In those parts, the fun culture goes by the name of La Bombarde. La Bombarde is unique in so many ways, but what it entails rings true for even the American and South African on our team. It’s part of a culture familiar to almost anyone that grew up in a rural or semi-rural area (if you’re Parisian, you may have a hard time completely grasping the concept). La Bombarde signifies a gathering of close friends and friends of friends, where copious amounts of homemade alcohol and beer are served over the course of an afternoon and night. Games such as the infamous palet are played relentlessly, with nearly every person present vying to be champion. While people socialize, a few motivated hosts usually prepare a feast. In urban areas such as Paris, putting together such grandiose events can be difficult, but we’ve been fortunate enough to establish a sort of Infinit camp less than 500 meters into the Parisian suburbs, aka la banlieue. Because 5 of us live across the street from each other, each month, we host a Bombarde or two, and each time, something surprising and often absurd takes place. La Bombarde has proven to be one of the most successful mechanisms for promoting cohesion at Infinit and fortifying a bond between us all.
In the end, we’re just normal people. We place great value on knowledge and intelligence. Our goal is to build products that people want to use and experiences that inspire others. We recognize the potential of our technology, and we have a broad vision of how it can have a lasting and positive impact on the world. We hope that you enjoyed this brief insight into our culture. In the future, we’ll post on more themes that make Infinit the company it is today.
The month of May has been a very exciting one for Infinit. Together with you – our users – we’ve seen a drastic difference between the first two versions of Infinit, not only in terms of performance, but in experience, as well.
Over the past 3 weeks, we’ve met with dozens of people, asked hundreds of questions and watched diligently as some users struggled to understand the first steps in using Infinit. As they say in French – bref – we’ve learned a lot from you! This next release will prove to be a landmark in the evolution of our application because we’re delivering on the promise of infinite. But, we’re also throwing in much more…
This new version of Infinit will include:
Over the next few weeks, we look forward to meeting even more of you, improving the stabilization of file transfers and making a truly unique and fun experience! If you have any questions or you’d like to offer us more feedback, we’d love to here from you at email@example.com or on Twitter @infinitdotio.
Since we decided to propel ourselves into true startup mode, almost 18 months ago with the start of Season 2 of Le Camping, we’ve been lucky enough to discover the Parisian startup ecosystem from its core. It is truly amazing to see the amount of innovation and motivation that this relatively small ecosystem seems to encompass. And while we have had the opportunity to meet a lot of the talent behind Paris-based companies, there always seems to be someone or something new to discover.
A few weeks ago, we decided that we wanted to take our implication in the social good of our local ecosystem, a step further. Infinit, in collaboration with our hosts, Gandi.net and our next-door neighbor, VLC, organized a small event called L’Abreuvoir à Startups. This short French phrase literally translates to The Startup Trough – a peculiar name indeed, but one that makes reference to the idea that entrepreneurs work as hard as animals and sometimes, well, they just need a drink. The idea was simple enough – let’s get some fun entrepreneurs with great ideas to pitch their companies, have a beer and hang out with other startuppers, the press community, some friends and a couple of investors. The startups we invited were:
The ambiance was vibrant. Gandi.net’s kitchen lounge offered a professionally designed setting for an event that showed off fascinating concepts, sparked engaging conversations, and in typical Infinit style, included a few good kegs of Belgian beer. The good times continued well into the night and for some, until the early hours of the morning ;)
We’d like to thank everyone that participated in the event and we look forward to organizing the next edition very soon!