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Sync Not Swim With CloudDock

Cloud storage is handy but Dublin startup CloudDock sees a niche to make cloud storage services compatible.

The firm's founders, Cian Brassil and Scott Kennedy, have launched a software solution that they claim will help firms avoid having to swim through a mess of discrete documentation.

CloudDock aims to facilitate file access and transfer by allowing users to share folders with people on different cloud storage services. In essence, the 2013 startup is developing a file synchronisation application that makes cloud storage services compatible.

Brassil (24) says that the idea for CloudDock came when he and Kennedy (26) worked with university classmates and saw how they ended up with files scattered across multiple cloud storage services.

Cian Brassil (right) and Scott Kennedy,
CloudDock's founders

Brassil has computer science qualifications from NUIG and founded a web-based business called WestCoast Surfer while in college.

Kennedy has a Master's degree in corporate strategy and previously managed a retail outlet in Galway. They started working part-time on the idea for CloudDock in 2012.

Describing CloudDock's proposition, Brassil says that its service is about syncing files from any source into a user's cloud storage.

“The idea is that people can keep all their files on one service and work with people on any other cloud storage service. You sign in with your preferred cloud storage service and continue to use it exactly like you always did,” he adds.

CloudDock is still at a pre-revenue stage of development, but Brassil says that initial trials with 500 users have been successful.

“Since then our signups have almost tripled and the next version of the application, based on the feedback from our initial users, is about to be released.”

The firm's founders have tapped into startup supports wherever they could, which included attending a startup weekend called Launch48 in 2012.

From there, CloudDock got accepted into the NDRC's LaunchPad accelerator, which the founders undertook last September.

LaunchPad provided CloudDock with €20,000 in funding, while the firm recently secured €25,000 from Enterprise Ireland's Competitive Start Fund.

Brassil and Kennedy operate CloudDock from O2's Wayra Academy in Dublin.  “It's a fantastic location. We share office space with exciting, thriving startups and experienced entrepreneurs who bring a broad range of experience and expertise that we can learn from,” says Brassil. (September 2014)

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