YouSendIt and MyFabrik are two of the many companies that let you easily share large files, such as videos or photos. They’ve raised venture capital recently, to help them survive the throng of competitors.
Have you ever had an outgoing or incoming email bounce because you were trying to send a giant attachment?
One trick is to use YouSendIt, a Mountain View start-up. You upload your large file to its site, type in an email address, and YouSendIt sends it to your recipient. It is free for files of 100MB or smaller. You have to pay $4.99 per month for the right to send files of up to 2GB. The recipient gets your email, with your optional note, and sees a URL for downloading the file.
You can use YouSendIt for free without registering, but files will be stored for only a week, and you get maximum of 25 emails. If you register, you get inbox, sent, and contact folders. You pay more for other add-ons.
The company has just raised $4.7 million more in a second part of its first round of venture capital. Backers Alloy Ventures, Cambrian Fund and Sevin Rosen Funds invested the money, according to PE Week.
Next is MyFabrik, a San Mateo start-up that offers a Web service that you can reach from anywhere, to store, manage and share all your files. There are many companies now offering storage and sharing, including Phanfare, Sharpcast, Box.net and Omnidrive, to name just a few. They each have their quirks. Phanfare charges a minimum of $7 a month. Sharpcast additionally lets you store from any device, including mobile phones, and so on. MyFabrik’s advantage is that it has a relationship with Maxtor, which lets you integrate your storage with the high-powered secure $630 box, if you want to pay that. But its free service — up to 1GB — is easy to use, though it is ad-supported. After the 1GB, you pay 49 cents a month per additional GB, even with ads. Or you can pay more to avoid ads altogether. Chief executive Mike Cordano, who came from Maxtor, gave us a demo recently. He said he thinks the company can break even by first quarter of next year.
Today the company announced MyFabrik Lite, another free service that lets you upload your file and send them to others without having to send attachment. The recipient receives an email with a URL link allowing them to download it. It also lets you embed a widget into your blog, so that you can upload files there for people to download. You get 1GB of space. However, you can’t log into the account to edit the media after it is up.
The company has raised $12 million in financing, and close to 90 percent of that is still in the bank, Cardano says. The money came from ComVentures and others, and this hasn’t been reported before, to our knowledge.