Omnidrive sinks beneath the waves

Update 2 (05/05/08):

According to an email that Nik Cubrilovic sent Richard MacManus at Read/Write Web, Omnidrive isn’t dead yet — he claims a domain change is in the works, and that a new version of the app is on the way that will use Amazon and Google for storage.


Clay Cook, an early angel investor in Omnidrive, has posted an open letter to founder Nik Cubrilovic in which he describes some of what happened after he invested $100,000. According to an email exchange with Nik that he has also posted, as recently as February the Omnidrive founder said the company was in the process of being sold and that his investment would be doubled in value.

Was Omnidrive simply too big a swing, as Ben Barren argues? Perhaps. There’s no question that the remote storage game was a pretty crowded space even when the company started, with a number of established providers like Mozy, Carbonite and others — and then along came Amazon’s S3, which reduced the cost of such services by an order of magnitude, and Windows Live Drive not long afterward. At some point, Omnidrive obviously became uneconomic. Maybe some day Nik will emerge to tell the full story of what happened to the company.

Original post:

According to Josh Catone over at Read/Write Web, the “cloud storage” company formerly known as Omnidrive is no more. The domain now goes to a hosting provider’s standard “parked page” message, and users who have commented at RWW say they have been getting error messages for months when trying to access their accounts on the system. The first signs of trouble started showing up about six months ago, when RWW reported that the CTO had left the company.

At the time, CEO and founder Nik Cubrilovic responded that everything was fine at Omnidrive, and that the company was not only profitable but had gotten a new round of financing. The departed CTO told a different story, however — alleging that he was hired to build out a team and told there was financing, but never saw any money, and that he and the entire engineering team quit because they hadn’t been paid. The whole thing had an uncomfortable similarity to the Blognation debacle, involving Sam Sethi and some non-existent financing.

6 thoughts on “Omnidrive sinks beneath the waves

    • Thanks for posting that, Clay — I hope that things get resolved
      somehow, since a return on your investment looks pretty doubtful at
      this point.

  1. Mathew, I have no bone to grind but you need to check out some of your facts. Blognation did get their funding – ask Paul Walsh – or check with mark[at] who arranged it. The question is why did Sam reject it?

    As for the sponsor monies. Clive Gringas Director at Olswang and/or Judy Gibbons at Accel will both confirm that all the sponsor monies were given directly to TCUK not Sam.

    See the TCUK site and you will see the Olswang advert. Many things went badly wrong with blognation but you need to sort out the fact from the fiction.

    • To tell you the truth, Andy, I don’t particularly care about the
      details of what happened at Blognation. It just seemed like a similar
      type of situation as Omnidrive, with allegations about missing money,
      unpaid staff, etc. But since you raised the point, how can you say
      that Blognation got its funding if Sam rejected it? Rejecting it
      means they didn’t get it, does it not?

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