Transloadit is an MPaaS (Media Processing as a Service) for developers. Companies integrate with us to automate workflows of video encoding, image resizing, and much more.
Transloadit was bootstrapped in 2009 by three engineers hailing from Berlin and Amsterdam.
Since we met through open source and had to work remotely from day one, these things are deeply ingrained as values in our company’s culture and DNA. To this day, we are remote-only, and 80% of our revenue is spent on open source development and fostering its communities. Our open source projects (Tus and Uppy) are changing how the world does file uploading.
As a teammate, you’ll find that open, remote, friendly, and curious are words that describe our company’s culture well. Much of our focus is on employee satisfaction. As we see it, this is what allows us to create the best products. Along with our guiding principles of secure, robust, performant, and versatile, this has paid off in uptime and customer satisfaction over the past thirteen years.
But we always strive to be better. So, together with 19 Transloadians, we work relentlessly to grow, nurture, and mature our company and the value it can bring into this world. Here are some of the milestone achievements that are particularly dear to us:
Debuggable Ltd is founded
Tim and Felix found Debuggable, a web consultancy in Berlin. They both become core contributors and active community members to CakePHP. Three months later, Felix meets Kevin (who lives a six-hour train ride away in Amsterdam) through his open source project Locutus. The idea for Transloadit is kicked around via email before we decide the three of us should team up.
The first commit
The first actual code hits our API2 repository on GitHub.
Founders meet IRL
We brainstorm about things like authentication and our tagline. We also play Fork Master and Kevin is introduced to Club Mate, the "famous", heavily-caffeinated beverage from Berlin.
First paying customer
On August 28, we become a real company by having the first paying user account sign up. Mariano from Workana is a customer to this day ❤️ You can claim your ten-year-old bottle of wine, Mariano!
Realtime encoding is launched
This feature is an 🥇 industry first and gets coverage on the AWS blog. Being among, or maybe the actual first to run Node.js in production was risky, but paid off in the end.
We're now ramen profitable
This means we could live off of Transloadit if we'd be okay with a diet of ramen noodles.
Transloadit Ltd is founded
We found a new company and each own a third: Transloadit Ltd. So far, we had been running the service as a product under the flag of Debuggable Ltd.
Coursera becomes a customer
We start tus.io
Fed up with reports of broken uploads and HTTP only caring about resumability of downloads, we take the first swing at an open protocol for resumable file uploads (an 🥇 industry first). `
MTV Europe becomes a customer
Besides significant traffic, this name gave us the credibility that allowed us to reel in new customers.
Revenue nearly doubles
We no longer need to do consultancy work on the side. Kevin and Tim now both work fulltime on Transloadit. Felix left the company three months earlier and started consulting for Apple.
The New York Times becomes a customer
Their name and logo add credibility to our service. They also challenge us to thoroughly review (and improve) our legal framework.
We start Uppy
We hire our tenth Transloadian
Our new recruits for the Uppy projects push the counter into double digits.
First global team meetup
We fly folks from all over the world to Amsterdam and have a blast.
Uppy becomes ridiculously robust
📰 We start a newsletter
We call it The Dev Times and each month, it brings you three general dev and two Transloadit updates.
tus gets traction
After launching 1.0, Cloudflare and Vimeo start using tus in production. Git LFS adopts tus as a transport.
We open a third datacenter in Singapore
After the US and EU, we open a datacenter in Singapore to reduce latencies and become a viable encoding engine to power businesses in Asia.
Transloadit GmbH is founded
Weary of the possibility of a hard brexit and its potential dire consequences, we flee the UK. Transloadit continues on as a German limited liability company.
🐶 Uppy hits 1.0
GitHub announces partnership with Transloadit
We’re among the first 50 companies that GitHub partners with to provide students free service through the GitHub Student Developer Pack. We're offering our Startup Plan for free to students enrolled in the Pack.
🎂 Our 10th birthday
What is the birthday of a company? First idea? First founder meetup? First commit? Registry date of a legal entity? In our minds, we became a real company when we got our first paying customer, which is August 28, 2009 🎉
Transloadit: a Swiss Army Knife for files
Transloadit has a lot to offer. Unique to Transloadit is its wide array of features, and their LEGO-like composability. A few examples:
The Transloadit Team
Transloadit is brought to you by a small team of full-time developers and supported by a widespread network of passionate experts and freelancers. Please meet our team, in order of appearance:
Kevin van Zonneveld — Co-founder
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Before co-founding Transloadit, Kevin worked as the research & development lead for a hosting company in Amsterdam. In that capacity, he was in charge of automating business and sysadmin efforts. He also designed web infrastructure for its customers. His expertise on scalability was put to good use in the construction of Transloadit's highly available platform. Kevin continues to improve our back-end as we expand and also loves to engage in product development and innovation. You can check out his blog where he likes to muse about coding and distributed systems.
Tim Koschützki — Co-founder
Tim is a skilled programmer with close to 20 years of experience in web and application development. Partway through his career, he became a core contributor to the CakePHP framework. Tim wears many hats here at Transloadit. This includes working on our API services, Robots and scaling algorithms, supervising customer support, handling customer billing, and much more. Tim has a passion for German Engineering™, which is reflected clearly in his work for Transloadit and his open source projects. Outside the digital world, Tim is also a licensed pyrotechnician. So when he's not causing fireworks on your screen, he can often be found creating spectacular displays that light up the skies.
Marius Kleidl — Software Engineer
Marius is a software engineer from Munich, Germany, who holds an MSc in Robotics, Cognition and Intelligence. He is as thorough in his work as he is quick in picking up new technology, and is often the one taking on the bigger challenges that we face. His main focus at Transloadit is tus.io, our open protocol for resumable file uploads that continues to gain more traction every day. When there is no coding to be done, Marius likes to spend as much time as he can in or around the water, whether it is sailing, rowing or swimming.
A.J. van Loon — Writer and Editor
Leiden, The Netherlands
A.J. obtained a Master’s degree cum laude in Ancient History from Leiden University, specializing in Ancient Egyptian Criminal Law. He has a great love for languages – ancient and modern alike – and has bilingual proficiency in Dutch and English. A.J. currently works as a freelance writer and translator under his own company, Aemulans Writing and Editing. Besides that, he also runs a thesis correction and editing service called Scriptieman. At Transloadit, A.J. makes sure that everything we share with the outside world, be it through our website or any other medium, is able to meet the highest standard.
Artur Paikin — Front-end Developer and Interface Designer
Alexander Zaytsev — Designer
Alexander is a designer with a passion for showing information in the most clear and accessible way. He loves making beautiful interfaces and writing HTML and CSS. He is fascinated by everything concerning public transportation and enjoys working on design projects related to this topic. Show Alex something done badly and he will be itching to improve it. Take the old tram network map of his hometown Dnipro, for instance. Alex completely redesigned it and his version is now in official use.
Edgar Conejo — Content Writer & Designer
Edgar is an HTML guy who has a knack for design and photography, as well as a thirst for new technology and delicious craft beers. He was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, then got happily married and moved to the beautiful city of Valencia, Spain. For Transloadit, Edgar is the powerhouse behind our monthly newsletter: The Dev Times.
Peter Assentorp — Designer
Peter is a self-taught designer and front-end developer who started building websites some twenty years ago. The first was for his own Counter-Strike clan, but other projects from friends and online acquaintances soon followed. This experience eventually landed him a position as a web designer with a small agency. After having worked in the employ of various companies for many years, Peter now performs his craft as a freelancer. Besides working on web design, Peter also runs Sportmonda.com, a small startup that sells custom football kits, and a project called SocialSizes.io offering designers sizes and templates for most popular social networks. In his spare time, Peter likes to play football (soccer) and computer games (CS:GO).
Mikael Finstad — Developer
Mikael is a software creator and consultant from Oslo, Norway. His love of making new things is rooted in the strong belief that software should be available to everyone. In his continued quest to improve the selection and quality of open source apps out there, he has already created various cool projects like LosslessCut, editly, and SimpleInstaBot. Apart from being a creative force on the digital plane, Mikael is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, exploring and photographing the wonderful world around us. Check out his website for some of his amazing work. At Transloadit, Mikael works on modernizing our JS stack and adding many awesome features.
Joseph Grabski — Content Lead
Rochester, United Kingdom
Joseph is an indie game developer and student from Rochester, England, who is currently in the process of completing a degree in Computer Science. He occasionally participates in game jams where contestants have limited time to build a game from scratch. Check out some of his projects on his itch.io creator page. When Joseph is not creating games, you can find him playing the guitar, bass, and piano, tinkering with his music or obsessing over guitar pedals. He also never misses a chance to play CS:GO with his friends and humiliate them with his superior skills. As Content Lead, Joseph is constantly on the lookout for interesting topics to write about, and helps to shine a light on Transloadit's vast array of services.
Antoine du Hamel — Developer
Antoine is a software engineer from La Rochelle, France. His love for everything open source brought him to GitHub at an early age, and he has been a regular visitor and contributor ever since. He also serves as a member of the Node.js Technical Steering Committee, the esteemed governing body that oversees the popular runtime environment. When Antoine is not channeling his creative energy into technical projects, he enjoys honing his musical skills behind the piano. At Transloadit, Antoine focuses on modernizing the JS code base and developing new features for Uppy.
Florian Künzig — Head of customer service and Developer
Florian is a man of many talents and interests. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, he is currently studying General and Digital Forensics and aims to follow it up with a Master in Bioinformatics or IT Security. When he is not busy pumping information into his massive brain, Florian likes to clear his head by going for a run or skiing down a snowy slope. He is also an avid Trekkie 🖖 At Transloadit, Florian is working on Java SDK development and helps out our customers as member of the support team.
Merlijn Vos — Developer
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Merlijn is a user-centric web designer specialized in front-end development with a degree in Communications & Multi Media Design. He’s passionate about ethical engineering; making the web accessible for everyone, applying progressive enhancement, and using custom linters to catch insensitive, inconsiderate writing. Merlijn’s endless curiosity pushes him to always keep learning more. In his spare time, he helps maintain the open source unified ecosystem as a core team member and he also enjoys a good game of chess. At Transloadit, Merlijn is part of the Uppy team, but he lends a hand on the back-end side of things whenever he can.
Yukesh Shrestha — Support Engineer
Gillingham, United Kingdom
Yukesh is a university student who is currently working on his degree in Computer Science. As a bright young mind interested in all things tech, he is itching to learn all he can. Yukesh has a particular interest in creating apps, ranging from fairly simple to more advanced. Keep an eye out for his latest creations! In his spare time, he enjoys competing with and against his friends across a wide variety of games. As one of our Support Engineers, Yukesh could be the one responding to your ticket and trying to solve any problems your users are facing.
Prasanth Elangovan — Security Engineer
Prasanth is a security super star from India with years of experience in infosec. He started out as a system administrator and web developer, before discovering his true vocation in cybersecurity. And it has been raining awards ever since: he is consistently ranked as a Top Security Researcher by various companies and counted himself among the Top 100 Hackers Worldwide in 2021. Prasanth has a passion for making and breaking things, which isn’t limited to his professional life – when he isn’t busy identifying and disclosing critical vulnerabilities, you can often find him on the cricket pitch making runs, or in the boxing ring breaking his opponents.
Cindy Koschützki — Chief Merchandise Officer and Event Manager
Cindy is Transloadit’s Chief Merchandise Officer and Event Manager. She studied Cultural, Event and Media Management and has previously worked as an assistant at McKinsey & Company. As a ballet dancer since the age of three, she has graced stages internationally in dance and theater productions. In her leisure time, Cindy enjoys 18th-century reenactment, recreating period clothing and turning castles into lively period events. She also has a passion for sewing, embroidery, and quilting. Cindy has two kids and even ran a cat pension for two years! With her unique skillset and diverse interests, Cindy brings creativity and expertise to everything she does at Transloadit.
Marina Zaytseva — User Onboarding Consultant
Marina is a specialist in Marketing and User Onboarding who holds a Master's degree in Computer Science. She began her career programming medical devices, but soon found her true calling. Marina’s superpower is the ability to see things through the eyes of the users. She also brews a mean V60 coffee and cooks the best Ukrainian borscht you will ever have the pleasure of tasting. At Transloadit, Marina serves as a consultant on user onboarding and helps to make sure that the first steps in our service are as smooth as possible.
Nick Rutten — Front-end Developer
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nick is a front-end developer from Amsterdam, currently enjoying an off-the-grid lifestyle in the south of Portugal together with his wife and two young children. His first discovery of the wonderful world of programming while traveling the world in 2012 ultimately led to a diploma cum laude in Communication and Multimedia Design in 2019. Nick previously worked at a design agency, where he contributed to multiple award-winning projects. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his (mountain)bike, reading fantasy and science fiction, and messing around on his laptop. At Transloadit, Nick is an important driving force behind our website, always striving to improve performance, maintainability, and accessibility.
Marcos Pereira — Back-end Developer
Marcos is a software developer from Porto, Portugal, with a keen interest in anything related to games, the web and AI. He previously conducted research on deep learning at ML Collective and has published his work in the Unity asset store. Marcos has managed to work on his hobbies for a living, so his daytime activities often overflow into the evenings and weekends as well. When he does find the time, he likes to spend it playing the guitar or perfecting his recipes for sautés, curries, and marinades. At Transloadit, Marcos works on further improving our powerful and versatile API.
Hall of Famers
Abdelhadi Khiati — Developer and Support Captain
A late start notwithstanding – he only had his first PC at age 16 and first discovered the internet at 18 – Abdel has shown great passion and an apt mind for computer sciences. During his studies, he partook in Google’s Summer of Code, where he contributed to the FreeBSD kernel. Abdel loves engaging with infra, devops, and AI. Among numerous other accomplishments, Abdel played a vital role in the long process of porting our stack to Nix, moving from Jenkins to GHA. Even though he has now moved on, Abdel will always be part of the Transloadit Hall of Fame.
Renée Kooi — Developer
Groningen, The Netherlands
Renée is a talented developer who loves free software almost as much as they enjoy a good K-Pop song. They are one of the developers behind üWave, a collaborative listening platform that allows groups to create playlists in a democratic fashion. Renée likes to wind down by playing a few games of Age of Empires II and is also very active in the community that still surrounds this timeless RTS classic, most notably by writing programs that can analyze all the details of your recorded matches. At Transloadit, Renée was invaluable in nurturing the Uppy project from its early development and through its first major releases.
Julian Gruber — Back-end Developer
Julian is a programmer residing in southern Germany, who besides simple and beautiful products, loves reading and the occasional meditation. He also plays the guitar in his Black Metal band, which is called Super Satan. It is said his hobbies include knitting and base jumping – but who can really say with a guy like Julian. In the past, Julian has worked for various Silicon Valley startups. During his time at Transloadit, he was able to fulfill his childhood dream of finally building some really cool and advanced robots. Beep boop!
Evgenia Karunus — Front-end Developer
Evgenia started her programming career working on the back-end with Rails and Django, but shifted her focus to the Js world in the past few years. In her spare time, Evgenia works on her beloved pet project memcode.com, a spaced-repetition site for programming, physics and medicine. She also studied Creative Computing at Goldsmiths University in order to combine her coding cred with more theoretical subjects. At Transloadit, Evgenia contributed to improving Uppy’s accessibility and making our customer dashboard a pleasure to work with.
Ifedapo Olarewaju — Developer
Elena Lape — Partnerships
Elena lives in a hacker house in Panama, where she spends her days eating weird fruit, exploring the rainforests around, teaching kids to code at a local NGO, and working with no distractions. She studied Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science at university, and prefers combining her passion in tech with business development through projects such as Hack the Burgh — Scotland's biggest 24h hackathon. She manages product partnerships at GitHub Education, where she grew the GitHub Student Developer Pack nearly five times.
Fahad Ibnay Heylaal — Front-end Developer
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Felix Geisendörfer — Co-founder
Although he is by now an emeritus, Felix's contributions to Transloadit will continue to be felt for years to come. From 2009 until his departure in 2013, Felix was instrumental in taking what was merely a budding idea in our heads and transforming it into a profitable startup. He was one of the first contributors to Node.js and continues to work on various other open source projects. Felix is currently working as a contractor, developing software in Go. He remains involved with our team as an advisor and friend.