About WeTransfer

WeTransfer makes tools to move ideas. Founded in 2009 in Amsterdam as a simple, well-designed file sharing service for the creative community, WeTransfer has grown to include tools that scale across the creative spectrum, including editorial platform WePresent (with 2M monthly readers), mobile app 'Collect by WeTransfer' (with 4M monthly users), quick slide-making tool Paste® (with 40,000 active teams), immersive sketching tool Paper® (with more than 25M downloads), and the original web platform with 50M monthly users and over a billion files sent each month.

From the beginning, WeTransfer has prioritized bringing “offline” values - trust, transparency, and ethics - online. This means having a responsible data policy and tools that don’t distract people from their creative flow. WeTransfer has pioneered a new means of online advertising, resulting in the platform’s full-page wallpapers, designed by our award-winning in-house creative studio. Advertisers include industry-leading brands like Apple, Saint Laurent, Google, Balenciaga, Samsung, Netflix, Adidas, and Squarespace.

Since its founding, WeTransfer has proudly supported the creative communities and given up to 30% of advertising space to support the arts, donating over 5 billion impressions in 2017. Through our ongoing advertising grant program and content platform, WePresent, we have partnered with hundreds of groundbreaking artists and organizations, including Björk, King Krule, FKA twigs, Ryan McGinley, Ami Vitale, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the UN Development Program, the World Wildlife Foundation and the Prince Estate. In 2016, WeTransfer launched the world’s first free Masters of the Arts in design thinking with the University of the Underground and Worldwide FM, the global radio station run by legendary BBC DJ Gilles Peterson.

Following a $25 million investment from Highland Europe in 2015, WeTransfer opened a US office in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to add to the Amsterdam headquarters. In 2018, WeTransfer acquired popular creative apps Paper® and Paste® and expanded its US presence to New York City.

About WeTransfer
50 million
Monthly users
1.5 billion
Files transferred
every month
195
Countries
that we're active in
1000 TB
data transferred daily
30 %
All wallpapers donated to
artists and creative projects
5 billion
Wallpaper impressions donated
to creatives in the last 12 months
75 %
Users
work in creative industries
’13
Bootstrapped to profitability
About WePresent
2 million
Monthly readers
3.15
Average time on site
in minutes
WePresent, the editorial platform of WeTransfer, showcases the best in art, photography, music and more, offering more than 2 million monthly readers a fresh take on the maddening mystery of creative ideas. Championing diversity in everything it does, WePresent scours the globe for unexpected stories about creativity, from emerging young talent to renowned artists like Bjork, John Legend, Tyler Mitchell, Solange and FKA twigs.
Executive team
Gordon Willoughby
CEO
Damian Bradfield
CCO
Marili ‘t Hooft-Bolle
COO
Bastiaan Terhorst
CTO
Georg Petschnigg
CIO
Supervisory Board
Bas Beerens is the Founder of WeTransfer. Bas is also the founder of Oy Communications and WeMarket, and is currently consulting for a range of businesses and active as an investor with the Dutch Founders Fund.

Irena Goldenberg is a Partner at Highland Europe (HE). Prior to joining Highland, Irena was at Flybridge Capital Partners, at Bain & Company in Boston and at Tata Interactive Systems in Mumbai.In addition to WeTransfer Irena represents Highland Europe on the boards of eGym, Jampp, JUNIQE, Smartly.io, and Wolt. Irena holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S., Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Erik Huggers is an independent Supervisory Board member. Erik has an extensive track record in scaling subscription based businesses internationally. As the former CEO of VEVO, and having had key executive roles at Intel and the BBC, Erik brings in depth knowledge and experience in digital media and on-line services. Erik is also on the Supervisory Board of ProSieben and has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from Avans University..

Jonne de Leeuw is a partner at HPE Growth. He joined WeTransfer’s Board after HPE’s Series B investment in 2019. By bringing in equity and active support, HPE helps us to accelerate the development of our set of tools and grow our user base significantly. Jonne has a BSc and MSC in Financial economics from Erasmus university.

Tony Zappalà is a Partner at Highland Europe. Prior to joining Highland, Tony worked with Index Ventures for over 7 years, where he was part of the team which raised and invested in the firm’s first dedicated Growth fund in 2007 and second fund in 2011. In addition to WeTransfer, Tony represents Highland Europe on the boards of ContentSquare, Oro, ShopFully, Threads Styling, WeTransfer, Jellysmack and Zwift. Tony holds an M.Eng in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.
Advisory Board
Troy Carter is founder and CEO of Q&A, a music & technology company focused on building integrated solutions for artists via distribution, management, label services, and data analytics with an artist-driven approach. Previously, Troy was founder/CEO of Atom Factory and Spotify’s Global Head of Creator Services. In 2017, Troy was named Entertainment Advisor to the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson.

Troy rose to prominence in the music industry, nurturing the career of hip-hop sensation Eve before transforming Lady Gaga into a global pop phenomenon. Since then he's managed the careers of John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth. His foray into the tech world resulted in the formation of Atom Factory's angel fund and VC fund Cross Culture Ventures. Early-stage investments include Uber, Lyft, Spotify, Warby Parker and Gimlet Media. Troy joined WeTransfer’s Board in 2016.

Gilles Peterson is a broadcaster, DJ and record label owner. Gilles founded influential labels such as Acid Jazz and Talkin' Loud, and started his current label, Brownswood Recordings, in 2006. In 2016, he launched the online radio station Worldwide FM. With almost 40 years experience, Gilles is one of the most respected figures working in music today and his eclectic tastes and eye for new talent have built a peerless reputation amongst millions of fans around the world. Since 2016, Gilles has played a key role in pushing WeTransfer’s relationship with the global creative community in exciting new directions.

Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is an award-winning designer of experiences and filmmaker. She is also the founder and director of the International Space Orchestra, the world’s first orchestra of NASA space scientists and astronauts; and the founder of the University of the Underground, which is supported by WeTransfer. This subversive tuition-free educative and cultural program is supporting plurality of thinking, free and transnational teaching and unconventional practices. Nelly is the author and director of three feature-length documentaries and has collaborated with and advised institutions and companies like the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, the IAF (International Astronautical Federation), the Technical Committee on the Cultural Utilization of Space (ITACCUS), and the IAA (International Academy of Astronautics). Nelly has been involved with WeTransfer since 2013.

John Shapiro joined our advisory board in 2020. After taking a Computer Science degree at Stanford University John has been both an entrepreneur, founding two businesses, and has worked in Product Management at some of the leading SaaS companies in the world, including Adobe and Intuit. He took his MBA at Harvard and is currently Director of Product development at Wayfair.
Who owns WeTransfer?
Our major shareholders (equity stakes over 10% and in order of equity participation) are: Highland Capital Partners Europe (lead series A Investor 57.6.%), the STAK (19%) and HPE Growth (lead series B investor 13.5%). Between them they control over 90% of the issued ordinary shares. Further details are available from the Kamer van Koophandel / Chamber of Commerce.

WeTransfer has an ESOP and all permanent employees are invited to participate.