How to Save Marketing Money by Being Nice

By | January 12th, 2015

We have tried a myriad of ways to promote the Backblaze online backup service. While most people sign up ‘organically’ – through a suggestion from a friend or after reading an article, we do spend many thousands of dollars monthly on Google Adwords alone. For years we have tweaked ad copy, keywords, targeting and more….

My Permanent Out-Of-Office Email

By | January 6th, 2015
Taming the Email Monster

3,280. That’s how many emails I have in my inbox right now. Some of you probably have even more. Every day I receive a ton of emails and feel I am required to respond to every single one, and quickly. But on vacation in November I inadvertently had an experience that freed me from my….

How Backblaze Achieved 917% Growth

By | November 17th, 2014

With 917% revenue growth over the last 5 years, Backblaze has just secured itself the 128th spot on the list of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. The journey has been exciting but could have come to an abrupt end at various times. Let me share a bit about how we grew….

Farming hard drives: 2 years and $1M later

By | November 26th, 2013

We are two years removed from the horrific flooding that caused the Thailand Drive Crisis that created a worldwide shortage of hard disk drives. Prices for hard drives spiked and have remained stubbornly high, only returning to pre-crisis levels in the last couple of months. The market and competitive forces that over the past 30….

5 Years and 4 Billion Restored Files Later…

By | September 18th, 2013
5 years old

Backblaze was formed in 2007 and we went to work creating Backblaze online backup. We kicked off the private beta in June 2008 and in September we released Backblaze 1.0, five short years ago. Through it all Backblaze has been laser-focused on providing unlimited backup at $5/month. It wasn’t always easy, but we’ve managed to….

Crowdsourcing Hard Drives

By | November 30th, 2012

It was 12:10am on Black Friday. Dave sat clicking the refresh button on his browser; waiting for the page to reveal Costco’s Black Friday deal… Earlier in the day, Dave had signed up to be a drive farmer for Backblaze — a Black Friday drive farmer. He joined about 50 others who signed up to….

Backblaze turns 5 – a startup grows up

By | April 20th, 2012
5 years old

Five years. That’s crazy. I can’t believe that it has been five years since Backblaze officially started. While some work started before then, the company was officially incorporated in Delaware on April 20, 2007. When I think back to a few of us sitting in a one-bedroom apartment brainstorming about what we could possibly to….