Cool App and an interesting concept. After spending 20 minutes playing with this I think these guys are onto something.
There is obviously a core problem there, I’m sure we have all experienced not being able to open a file that someone has sent to you.
The range of document/app types you can open is staggering, however most of them are open source, its missing the high-end apps like Photoshop and Solidworks. I imagine there are licensing issues with serving their products.
Where the app could make a lot of sense is if it converts files from programs such as Photoshop, Solidworks or some other very expensive app where a user doesn’t want to buy the app but needs to regularly view the file type. (its possible this might work on some of the open source apps but it wasn’t apparent).
What is clear is that they have managed to make over 100 apps run in a web browser with no configuration required on the user end which is very cool.
If you have ever installed Gimp (Image Editing) or Inkscape (Illustrator) or other Open Source apps you know there can be a bit of mucking around to install the required dependancies.
In the early days of the PDF, Adobe was the only way to actually write a PDF, then came numbers of other companies who could read and write the files and some of those turned into decent businesses by competing in the low-end of the market.
If they can work out how to offer the low-end basic editing capability for file types from expensive apps they can bring in revenue from this.
Also they are building an API for developers to embed the functionality into their apps, this could become a more scalable way to build the business.
It’s also possible that they might build a following of users who use the dozens of esoteric apps they support and decide this is a better way to run their app or they want to access their files from anywhere including mobile devices.
|What problem are you solving?
|rollApp is an online application virtualization platform, which allows you to run any application on any device with just a web browser.When running on rollApp, applications behave the same way as if they were installed locally.
|What is your solution?
|RollApp has launched a cool new service calledRollMyFile. It allows users to open nearly any file type one may have on their computer eliminating the need to find, download and install software necessary to work with a particular type of file.It is as simple as dragging the file onto the web page.
|Why is this a great opportunity?
|Having hundreds of applications available on-demand from the cloud in just one click enables use cases, which were unthinkable before:compatibility is not an issue – use the application you need on a device you have
open any file at any time – all necessary apps are instantly available in the cloud and you can run heavy workloads from mobile devices
|everybody who works with multiple file types
|How will you make money?
|We have premium plan for users, who actively work with files from Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud storage
|What type of funding has the company received
|Venture Capital/ Private Equity