About Transloadit

Transloadit is a media processing 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 ambitious 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 ten years.

But we always strive to be better. So, together with 17 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:

  • January 2008
    Debuggable Ltd is founded

    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.

  • January 2009
    The first commit

    The first commit

    The first actual code hits our API2 repository on GitHub.

  • July 2009
    Founders meet IRL

    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.

  • August 2009
    First paying customer

    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 :heart: You can claim your ten-year-old bottle of wine, Mariano!

  • December 2010

    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.

  • May 2012

    We're now ramen profitable

    This means we could live off of Transloadit if we'd be okay with a diet of ramen noodles.

  • June 2012
    Transloadit Ltd is founded

    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.

  • July 2012
    Coursera becomes a customer

    Coursera becomes a customer

    Coursera is a MOOC provider, making university courses available online for free. They use Transloadit to process the digital assets. With their large batch imports and valuable feedback, they help launch us to a next level.

  • April 2013
    We start tus.io

    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).

  • April 2014

    MTV Europe becomes a customer

    Besides significant traffic, this name gave us the credibility that allowed us to reel in new customers.

  • July 2014

    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.

  • May 2015
    The New York Times becomes a customer

    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.

  • October 2015
    We start Uppy

    We start Uppy

    Initially, we thought to build a proprietary uploader and posted a job ad for it. We then decided that this project needed to be open source and announced Uppy eight months later.

  • November 2015

    We hire our tenth Transloadian

    Our new recruits for the Uppy projects push the counter into double digits.

  • March 2016
    First global team meetup

    First global team meetup

    We fly folks from all over the world to Amsterdam and have a blast.

  • July 2017
    Uppy becomes ridiculously robust

    Uppy becomes ridiculously robust

    During our second global team meetup in Berlin, we add a feature that lets Uppy recover from unstable networks (tus powered) and browser crashes (an 🥇 industry first). It's big on Reddit 1 2 3.

  • December 2017

    :newspaper: We start a newsletter

    We call it The Dev Times and each month, it brings you three general dev and two Transloadit updates.

  • February 2018
    tus gets traction

    tus gets traction

    After launching 1.0, Cloudflare and Vimeo start using tus in production. Git LFS adopts tus as a transport.

  • December 2018
    We open a third datacenter in Singapore

    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.

  • March 2019
    Transloadit GmbH is founded

    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.

  • April 2019

    :dog: Uppy hits 1.0

    The launch is well received and gets love on Hacker News, Reddit 1 2 3 4, Smashingmag, Product Hunt and Javascript Daily. It also reaches :star2: 20k+ stars on GitHub.

  • August 2019
    GitHub announces partnership with Transloadit

    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.

  • August 2019

    :cake: 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 :tada:

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:

Team

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

Berlin, Germany

Tim is a skilled programmer with over 12 years of web development experience. Halfway through his career, he became a core contributor to the CakePHP framework. He wears many hats here at Transloadit. This includes working on our API services, bots and scaling algorithms, handling customer billing, and much more. Tim has a passion for German Engineering™, which is reflected clearly in his work for Transloadit and several of his open source projects.

Marius Kleidl — Back-end developer

Passau, Germany

Marius is a gifted young developer, who has been taking on some big challenges for us here at Transloadit. His latest projects include tus.io and the development of our Go SDK. He has also done extensive research on how to best utilize containers in our next-gen application stack. Marius is as thorough in his work as he is quick in picking up new technology. He can also often be found engaging with our customers to see how he can help them to best enjoy their Transloadit experience.

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

New York, USA

Artur is a web designer & developer, who enjoys having a good meal out on his balcony or at a park. He likes to experiment with growing food and is often working on his home automation robot, which also serves as a playground for picking up new technologies such as React. Artur is a traveler at heart and regularly writes about his adventures. He is a coffee aficionado and runs an occasional pop-up coffee shop that you might enjoy. For Transloadit, Artur is primarily working on Uppy, our next generation open source file uploader for web browsers.

Mark Masterson — iOS & macOS developer

Los Angeles, California, USA

Mark is a full-stack developer with a passion for the arts. Born and raised in New York and currently living in Los Angeles, Mark has been a part of several start-ups. He is self taught and keeps up with the fast-moving tech world by learning a newlanguage or technology whenever given the chance. When Mark isn’t programming, you can find him lost in music or a movie. After starting out as a consumer of the tus project, he quickly began to maintain TUSKit, the tus iOS SDK. Mark has also released TransloaditKit, the brand new iOS/macOs SDK.

Abdelhadi Khiati — Developer and Support captain

Oran, Algeria

Abdel is currently taking his Master’s degree in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. 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. He already has ample experience developing and writing various kinds of software, from web APIs to robotics software, and is currently partaking in Google Summer Of Code, where he is working on the FreeBSD kernel. Abdel also curates the awesome robotics list.

Ifedapo Olarewaju — Developer

Lagos, Nigeria

Ifedapo is a Software Engineer from Lagos, Nigeria. He has worked as a consultant for many different startups and corporations, as a result of which he has been picking up many new skills in various technologies. He has considerable experience with Python, JavaScript, and Java. In his spare time, he loves picking up more technologies and he would like to launch more open source projects, as well as a startup of his own. You can check out Ife’s GitHub here. At Transloadit, Ife is working on maintaining and modernizing all of our SDK’s. He is also part of the Uppy team as the lead dev of Uppy-server.

Alexander Zaytsev — Designer

Dnipro, Ukraine

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 Dnipropetrovsk, for instance. Alex completely redesigned it and his version is now in official use.

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 has been an invaluable asset to the Uppy project and continues to work on its further development.

Edgar Conejo — Content writer & designer

Valencia, Spain

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.

Evgenia Karunus — Front-end Developer

Ufa, Russia

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 studies Creative Computing at Goldsmiths University, hoping to combine her coding cred with more theoretical subjects. At Transloadit, Evgenia applies her skills improving Uppy’s accessibility and making our customer dashboard a pleasure to work with.

Peter Assentorp — Designer

Copenhagen, Denmark

Peter is a self-taught designer & frontend 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).

Charlie Macnamara — Technical Writer & Support Engineer

Scotland

Charlie is a freelance web developer and technical writer from Edinburgh, Scotland, who gets a great kick out of programming and learning new technologies. Together with a friend, he has recently started his own web development business, but they may already be looking to branch out. In his spare time, when he is not embarrassing the competition in 2D fighting games, you can often find him drawing or rolling around on his skateboard. At Transloadit, Charlie is always on the lookout for new or overlooked features to write in-depth articles about.

Elena Lape — Partnerships

Panama

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.

Ethan Willis — Support Engineer

Memphis, TN, USA

Ethan obtained a Master's degree in Bioinformatics from the University of Memphis. He has applied his academic background to various problems such as Genotation and OpenBehavior. He likes to tinker on cars and bioreactors in his free time and is currently planning a DIY electric car build. At Transloadit, Ethan is building upon his love of sharing knowledge and helping others solve problems by providing support to Transloadit's clients.

Andrew — Support Engineer

New Jersey, USA


Alumni

Felix Geisendörfer — Co-founder

Berlin, Germany

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.

Fahad Ibnay Heylaal — Front-end developer

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Fahad is the creator of Croogo, a member of Bower team and developer at True. In his spare time, he is helping to improve Transloadit's front-end. Passionate about CSS and JavaScript, he has been a rejuvenating influence on everything pertaining to the user interface of Transloadit and tus.io. Fahad is always eager to experiment with the latest technologies to produce great experiences for our users. When we need smooth, we turn to Fahad.