Forbes Confirms Apple’s Acquisition Attempt for Dropbox

In early September, rumors began swirling that file storage and sharing service Dropbox was the target of a major acquisition play by Apple.

The buzz suggested that an $800 million acquisition offer was placed on the table by Apple. Yet, despite the hefty offer, Dropbox executives reportedly declined.

We can now confirm – thanks to the content included in an upcoming issue of Forbes – that Apple did, indeed, make a move to acquire the increasingly popular company and its services.

According to the Forbes profile, Steve Jobs personally met with Dropbox founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi to discuss the deal.

“I mean, Steve friggin’ Jobs,” Houston recalls. “How do you even prepare for that?” Despite being starstruck, Houston admitted telling Jobs and company that Dropbox simply wasn’t on the market for acquisition.

“He said we were a feature, not a product,” Houston recalls Jobs saying. The Forbes piece suggests that Jobs continued urging the founders of Dropbox to take another meeting, but Houston and Ferdowski preferred to meet anywhere but Dropbox headquarters as they wanted to give Apple as little insight into their operation as possible.