Nextcloud, the next generation open source Enterprise File Sync and Share was started by ownCloud inventor Frank Karlitschek and a dozen experienced open source entrepreneurs and engineers to empower users to take back control over their data and communication. The company was launched in 2016 as a spin-off from Struktur AG, a leading web conferencing and financial planning software company since 1995, servicing customers like Deutsche Bank, Vodafone, BNP Paribas and many others, and turned profitable by the end of 2016. Nextcloud gives organizations fine-grained control over data access, facilitates file synchronization and sharing across devices, enables collaboration within and across organizational boundaries and lets users communicate through secure audio and video conferencing.
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At Nextcloud, we believe that an open, transparent development process and a clear focus on the needs of users and customers results in a better product.
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Our launch has been covered extensively in the media and we've been interviewed, explaining the why, how and what behind our endeavor. In short, 12 developers, most of the engineering team, left ownCloud because we believed a better solution was possible for users, customers and fellow contributors. We see a business as an important part of the open source ecosystem around a project. Its role is to act as a catalyst, enabling individuals and businesses to grow and participate. It is in the nature of open source that a company failing to play this role can be replaced, protecting customers from vendor lock-in.
Subsequent events, including Nextcloud becoming the most active open source file sync and share project backed by our healthy, profitable business and the hugely positive response to our Nextcloud 11 release, have proven us right. With Nextcloud 12, we've extended our technological lead and are charting new territory with Global Scale, a new architecture for near unlimited scalability.
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