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 4, 2015) — WeTransfer, the simple file-transfer service to discover and share new digital content, today announced that, globally, more than one billion files have been transferred through the service this year alone – 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 while also doubling the number of its U.S. users.
“WeTransfer is a necessity for millions of people around the world, especially those in the creative community,” said Troy Carter. “Every month, it provides 35 million – 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 photos or original illustrations as a backdrop they can view and interact with while their files are uploading. 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.
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.
WeTransfer is the place to share digital content and is designed for anyone to express their creativity or share creative work. WeTransfer believes that sharing leads to an unstoppable movement of creative energy, allowing people to discover what is new. www.wetransfer.com
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