ownCloud is a free software project that developers a self-hosted alternative to proprietary cloud services. As such, ownCloud is very similar to the widely-used Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive with the primary difference being that ownCloud is free and open-source, and thereby allowing anyone to install and operate it without charge on a private server, with no limits on storage space (except for hard disk capacity) or the number of connected clients. ownCloud is developed by an international community of over 200 core contributors. Frank launched ownCloud in January 2010 during his CampKDE keynote in San Diego and is the project leader since then. Frank also co-founded the company ownCloud Inc. In late 2011 Frank co-founded ownCloud Inc. to give corporate IT greater control of their data — combining greater flexibility, openness and extensibility with on premise servers and storage. Company headquarters are in Boston, with European headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany. Frank served as CTO until May 2016 when he decided to move on.