Minus was created to make file sharing simple, which is how founders John Xie and Carl Hu believe it should be. Even the name itself is short and sweet.
Launched in October 2010, the free service is easy to use, allowing users to drag files from their desktop and folders and drop them onto the Minus website. Music, videos, pictures, and documents can also be shared through mobile and desktop apps. Additionally, each user gets a customized URL and 10 GB of disk space – for free.
Why is Minus offering all of this at no charge? According to its website, “Our goal is to create a world-class product and experience for our users and the business model will follow.”
And as Xie said in an interview, “If you build a great product that users love, you should have no problem finding a way to make money from it. But if you get distracted by turning a profit too early, it could come at the expense of growth and customer satisfaction.”