WeTransfer Snags Troy Carter For Its Board During SMASHD Labs And Breaks New Record: 1 Billion Transfers Per Year
Fast-growing company teams up with entertainment powerhouse and tech investor Troy Carter after seven weeks of working together during Atom Factory’s startup accelerator
NEW YORK (November 9, 2015) — WeTransfer, the simple file-transfer service to discover and share new digital content, today announced that, globally, more than one billion files are now being transferred through the service annually – a record-high. Also, WeTransfer has named its newest board member, renowned talent manager and successful VC Troy Carter.
Troy Carter brings 20 years of experience to discovering, developing and managing talent in music, having launched the careers of megastars like Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth. In 2015, Carter launched tech and culture platform Smashd.co for aspiring entrepreneurs. Carter, a guest shark on season 7 of ABC’s prime-time show Shark Tank, also has an unmatched track record in advising and investing in rising stars in the startup world, including companies like Uber, Lyft, Spotify and Warby Parker.
WeTransfer was hand-picked as one of six startups for SMASHD Labs, the accelerator program started by Carter’s entertainment company Atom Factory. To be part of SMASHD Labs, startups must demonstrate how they can shape culture and influence the entertainment world.
“Troy’s work in the music industry is legendary – he has a gift for discovering and managing the best new talent,” said Bas Beerens, CEO and founder of WeTransfer. “We’re learning from his expertise as we work to scale WeTransfer in the U.S., which is our fastest-growing market.”
Troy joins WeTransfer’s board at a key moment. WeTransfer now has more than 85 million transfers per month worldwide, totaling more than one billion transfers annually, with more than half of its global users working in creative industries. Designed for anyone to express their creativity, next year, WeTransfer is on pace to double its total annual transfers from one billion to two billion.
“WeTransfer is a necessity for millions of people around the world, especially those in the creative community,” said Troy Carter. “Every month, it provides 80 million users – many of them artists, designers, makers and musicians – with an inspiring place to transfer files and share their work. It has an incredible business model with a natural virality, proven by hitting the one billion transfers per year milestone. The scale is impressive and it’s clear there’s an enormous growth opportunity ahead.”
Founded in 2009 by Bas Beerens and Nalden, WeTransfer was born out of the duo’s own need for a simple solution for sending large files when collaborating on creative projects. They wanted a service that was easy-to-use and design-oriented.
Today, WeTransfer is recognized for its clean, aesthetic interface. At WeTransfer.com, users see full screen images as a backdrop they can interact with while their files are uploading. These images are a blend of featured editorial artists and advertising. In keeping with its commitment to beautiful design and support for artists, WeTransfer gives away one third of its full screen wallpapers to artists, free of charge. All artwork featured is carefully curated by the WeTransfer team.
There’s no login and no fee for up to two gigabytes per transfer. A paid upgrade gives people access to WeTransfer Plus, letting them send 20 gigabyte transfers, personalize their wallpaper backgrounds and add passwords to the files they share.
WeTransfer is a platform to share and discover fresh digital content. Its so simple to use, you can spend all your time and energy on your projects. Every transfer is also an opportunity to be inspired by some of the world’s best creative talents. WeTransfer is a trusted and reliable service that always respects your privacy and makes transferring files easy and enjoyable.
About Atom Factory
Atom Factory is an entertainment company with roots in music, technology and media, smartly combining the three through editorial at Smashd.co. Representing top artists – Meghan Trainor, Miguel, Charlie Puth, and Kamasi Washington, to name a few – founder and CEO Troy Carter also maintains investments in over 80 leading startups including Uber, Spotify, Warby Parker and Lyft. Atom Factory was established in 2010. www.atomfactory.com
Chris Harihar, Crenshaw Communications for WeTransfer
Kai D. Wright, Atom Factory
WeTransfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world. The service was founded in 2009 in Amsterdam by Bas Beerens and Nalden, who wanted to create an easy platform for people to send big files without any sign-up. Today, 40 million active users across 195 countries transfer one billion files every month. It is WeTransfer’s mission to enable the effortless transfer of ideas from one creative mind to many. We want to help our users get in, and stay in, their creative flow – that strange and beautiful state where everything comes together and great things happen.
WeTransfer has a dual revenue model, split between advertising and premium subscriptions. With WeTransfer Plus, customers benefit from bigger transfer sizes, storage and personalization options. WeTransfer also works with the world's biggest brands, including Google, Samsung, Netflix and Squarespace, to develop and deliver beautiful, full-screen advertisements on our background wallpapers.
Since day one, WeTransfer has proudly supported the creative communities by giving away 30% of the advertising space to showcase projects we love. With WeTransfer Studios, creative partnerships have been launched with some of the world's most interesting individuals and organizations, including FKA twigs, Rankin, Anderson .Paak, McSweeney's, World Press Photo, The Royal Academy of Arts and the Ace Hotel Group. On our content platform This Works, we tell the stories behind the creative work we curate and create. WeTransfer also supports tomorrow’s creative leaders by offering free premium accounts to all arts students in the United States.
Following a $25 million investment from Highland Capital in 2015, WeTransfer opened a US office in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to add to the Amsterdam headquarters.