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WeTransfer
IndustrySoftware
Founded2009
Headquarters
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Gordon Willoughby, Martha Lane Fox, Melissa Nussbaum
ServicesSaaS
Revenue€72m (2021)[1]
Number of employees
300+ (2021)
Websitewetransfer.com

WeTransfer is an internet-based computer file transfer service company that was founded in 2009. It's based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[2]

History[edit]

WeTransfer was founded in 2009 by Rinke Visser, Bas Beerens and Ronald Hans (Nalden) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[2] It was created to enable the sharing of large files (up to 2GB) for free.[3]

In 2012, WeTransfer implemented a re-design and introduced a 'Plus'[4] service with support for much larger file transfers (up to 5GB) and storage (50GB) as well as send filed to a maximum of 100 recipients for a price.[3]

In 2013, WeTransfer reached profitability.[5]

In 2014, WeTransfer launched "creative-class.tv", an ongoing video series. The company initiated its first bursaries that year through a collaborative partnership with Central Saint Martins.[6] These bursaries supported two students from around the globe in their full-time studies.

In 2015, WeTransfer raised a US$25 million Series A funding round from Highland Capital Partners Europe.[7] They also added venture capitalist Troy Carter to its board.[8]

WeTransfer file transfer limit is 200GB for PRO Subscribers as at September 2021[9]

2016–present[edit]

In 2016, WeTransfer announced the acquisition of digital design studio Present Plus,[10] established in 2010 by Damian Bradfield and WeTransfer co-founder Nalden.[10] In September, WeTransfer opened its first office in the United States at Venice Beach, Los Angeles.[11]

In early 2017, Gordon Willoughby became the company's Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Bas Beerens who became Executive Chairman.[12]

In January 2018, WeTransfer launched content arm "WePresent".[13] In August, WeTransfer acquired app developer FiftyThree, whose portfolio included sketching app Paper and collaborative presentation app Paste.[14] In October, WeTransfer relaunched its mobile app with the name "Collect by WeTransfer".[15][16]

In June 2019, WeTransfer experienced a security incident in which files were "sent to the wrong people."[17] In August, the company closed a €35 million secondary funding round led by HPE Growth.[18]

In May 2020, India banned the WeTransfer app, citing security reasons.[19] In June, the company became a certified B Corporation.[20]

In February 2021, WeTransfer achieved carbon-neutral certification having pledged the previous year to reduce emissions by 30% by 2025.[21] In March, the 2020 short film "The Long Goodbye" by Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed commissioned by WeTransfer through WePresent won the 2022 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.[22] In April, the WeTransfer Foundation, "Supporting Act", focused on helping emerging creative talent was launched and the company pledged to donate 1% of revenues from 2022 onwards.[23] In October, WeTransfer announced sales in 2020 of €65m.[24]

In January 2022, WeTransfer planned for an IPO but ended up cancelling the offering shortly before listing.[25]

Leadership[edit]

Bas Beerens founded the file-sharing platform WeTransfer[26] with Nalden (Ronald Hans) and Rinke Visser in 2009.[27] Beerens also runs the design consultancy OY Communications (initially OY Transfer) from which WeTransfer was developed.[28][29] In 2012, he founded WeMarket, a global B2B marketplace for buyers and suppliers in any industry.[30]

Damian Bradfield, co-founder, joined the company in 2010. Bradfield is currently WeTransfer's Chief Creative Officer.

Chief Executive Gordon Willoughby joined WeTransfer in January 2017.[31] He announced his departure from the company in May 2022 and was replaced by former Chief Technology Officer Alexandar Vassilev.[32]

Chief Financial Officer Melissa Nussbaum joined WeTransfer from King in September 2020.[33]

Martha Lane Fox joined WeTransfer as chair in July 2020.[34]

Technology[edit]

WeTransfer is based on Amazon's infrastructure and technology. It uses Amazon S3 for storage and for sending files.[35]

Services[edit]

WeTransfer offers a free service where users can send up to two gigabytes of data[36] and a paid option called WeTransfer Pro where users can send up to 200 gigabytes of data as well as have some additional customization options.[37]

Revenue model[edit]

WeTransfer has a dual revenue model split between advertising and premium ("pro") subscriptions.[38]

WeTransfer displays full-screen advertisements while transferring[39] instead of banner ads.[40] The company donates 30% of the advertising inventory to creatives and charitable causes.[41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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