WeTransfer is an internet-based computer file transfer service based in the Netherlands. The company was founded in 2009 in Amsterdam by Rinke Visser, Bas Beerens and Nalden.[2] In October 2018, WeTransfer relaunched its app with the name "Collect by WeTransfer".[3][4] In May 2020, India banned the WeTransfer app, citing security reasons.[5]

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OwnerWeTransfer B.V.
Founder(s)Rinke Visser, Nalden, Bas Beerens[1]


WeTransfer was founded in 2009 by Rinke Visser, Bas Beerens and Nalden.[2] It was created to make it easier to share large files.[6]

In 2012, WeTransfer implemented a re-design and introduced a 'Pro' service, supporting transfers of larger files, more storage, an address book, and the ability to protect files with a password.[6]

In 2013, WeTransfer reached profitability.[7] In 2014, WeTransfer launched creativeclass.tv, an ongoing video series. WeTransfer initiated its first bursaries that year, through a collaborative partnership with Central Saint Martins.[8] 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,[9] and added venture capitalist Troy Carter to its board.[10]


In 2016, WeTransfer announced the acquisition of digital design studio Present Plus,[11] established in 2010 by Damian Bradfield and WeTransfer co-founder Nalden.[11] In September 2016, WeTransfer opened their first office in the United States, in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.[12] In early 2017, Gordon Willoughby became the company's Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Bas Beerens, who became Executive Chairman.[13]

In August 2018, WeTransfer acquired app developer FiftyThree, whose portfolio included sketching app Paper and collaborative presentation app Paste.[14]

In August 2019, the company closed a €35 million secondary funding round led by HPE Growth.[15]

In June 2020, the company became a certified B Corporation.[16]


Bas Beerens founded the file-sharing platform WeTransfer[17] with Nalden (Ronald Hans) and Rinke Visser in 2009.[18]

Beerens also runs the design consultancy OY Communications, from which WeTransfer was developed, initially as OY Transfer.[19][20] In 2012, he founded WeMarket, a global B2B marketplace for buyers and suppliers in any industry.[21]


WeTransfer is based on Amazon's infrastructure and technology. It uses Amazon S3 for storage and for sending files.[22]


WeTransfer offers a free service where users can send up to two gigabytes of files, and a paid option, called WeTransfer Plus where users can send up to 200 gigabytes of files.[23] WeTransfer Plus also allows users to add passwords to files.

Revenue modelEdit

WeTransfer has a dual revenue model; split between advertising and premium subscriptions. With a free account, users can send files of up to 2 GB. With a premium account 200 GB files can be transferred, 1 TB stored, and password and personalization options.[24]

WeTransfer displays full-screen advertisements while transferring,[25] instead of banner ads.[26]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ Hardwick, Tim (October 30, 2018). "WeTransfer Relaunches Mobile File-Sharing App as 'Collect'". Mac Rumors. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
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  12. ^ Kissel, Chris (3 October 2016). "How to Make Your Tech Company Cool: Throw a Party With Kamasi Washington". LA Weekly. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
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  14. ^ "WeTransfer buys creative apps Paper and Paste from FiftyThree". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  15. ^ O'Hear, Steve (19 August 2019). "HPE Growth backs WeTransfer in €35M secondary funding round". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  16. ^ Aziz, Afdhel. "WeTransfer Announces It Is Becoming A B-Corp". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  17. ^ Send large files to clients with these 11 free tools on creativebloq.com, accessed 16 July 2018
  18. ^ Gratis en eenvoudig grote bestanden te delen met WeTransfer on eenmanierom.nl, accessed 16 July 2018
  19. ^ Article on WeTransfer in issue_16 summer_2011-2 (see p82) at issuu.com, accessed 16 July 2018
  20. ^ 2012 Article on european-startups wired.co.uk, accessed 16 July 2018
  21. ^ B2B marketplace WeMarket launches for global companies on internetretailer.com.
  22. ^ "AWS Case Study: WeTransfer". Amazon Web Services, Inc. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  23. ^ Spadafora, Anthony (24 June 2019). "WeTransfer suffered a security incident last week". TechRadar. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
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  25. ^ "Behance". www.behance.net. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
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