Nalden

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Nalden, 2011

Nalden (born as Ronald Hans, in 1984) is a Dutch entrepreneur known for founding file-transfer service WeTransfer.

Biography[edit]

He is the co-founder of WeTransfer and Present Plus,[1] and first gained his online reputation through his blog, Nalden.net.[2]

Nalden is from the Netherlands and started building websites at the age of 13. A digital native, he became a blogger at 16, and six months later his blog was turning a profit.[3]

He has been described by Fast Company as “A hybrid of the serial entrepreneur Sean Parker and Jason Kottke, the web designer and blogger,”[4] and was described by Pharrell Williams as, “The guy from WeTransfer.”[5]

During his time as a blogger, he collaborated with brands such as Nike,[6] Mercedes Benz and Vodafone.

His first start-up as an entrepreneur was the file-sharing service, WeTransfer, in 2009. In 2015, the business took its first round of investment, $25m, in order to innovate and expand in the US.[7]

His digital design studio, Present Plus, is based in Amsterdam and London, and has created work such as the In The Studio series for The New York Times, featuring designers such as Rick Owens, Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace and Alber Elbaz and The Creative Class series, featuring artists such as Damon Albarn and Stefan Sagmeister, for WeTransfer.[8]

In his personal life, Nalden is a passionate advocate for advancements in education. He has been quoted as saying: “I’d like to be actively involved with making IT / Computer Science a mandatory course in schools in the Netherlands. Today it’s better to learn how to code HTML than learn how to speak French in my opinion. Let’s say it’s more future proof.”[9]

Nalden is a regular speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship, technology, the web and design.[10]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Present Plus". Present Plus. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Nalden: 'WeTransfer zou al zijn pageviews kunnen verkopen, maar dat doen we bewust niet'". Sprout (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  3. ^ Li, Charmaine. "The Story Behind WeTransfer". tech.eu. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  4. ^ Amirtha, Tina. "How the Founder of WeTransfer Went From Blog to Startup". Fast Company. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. ^ Olschewski, Felicitas. "Interviews: Nalden". Freunde von Freunden. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Anton Corbijn photo exhibit celebrates Dutch National Team Away Kit". Nike News. March 1, 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  7. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "WeTransfer, Funky Dutch Cousin Of Dropbox And Box, Gets $25M To Go Large In The U.S." Tech Crunch. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  8. ^ Alderson, Rob. "Damon Albarn and Stefan Sagmeister interviewed for new Creative Class site". It's Nice That. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  9. ^ Grunau, Evelyn. "A talk with Nalden: Today it's better to learn to code HTML than speak French". TEDx Amsterdam. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Experts: Nalden". The Next Speaker. Retrieved 24 March 2015.