🎈 10 Years of Transloadit
Happy birthday to... us! Transloadit turns 10 today. To celebrate, we want to offer a token of our appreciation to our most loyal customers. So, for the next 10 years, customers who have been with Transloadit for 10 years can claim a 10-year-old bottle of wine 🍷 In addition, anyone can use the coupon code
TRANSLOADIT10X to knock 10% off the first year of any plan upgrade or signup (valid until 28 September 2019).
Over the course of the past 10 years, Transloadit has grown from being little more than an idea in the minds of three young developers into a bustling company with a core team of more than 10 people, providing our file uploading and processing service to companies around the world. We've seen many milestones along the way and it was hard to pick the ones to share with you today. We hired over 30 people, opened 3 datacenters, launched 4 design overhauls, entered custom scaling agreements with Amazon (nearly 100X of what regular AWS customers can do), are projected to process our 10th petabyte of data this year (that's 10 million gigabytes), shipped 39 Robots and countless other features.
But for the timeline below, we'll focus on milestones that affected the company's course, rather than our offering.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
📰 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.
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 🎉
Thanks for reading to the end. We're going to take it easy today and treat our remote team to some gaming and cake! See you tomorrow, where we'll continue to push Transloadit to new heights. We hope to have you right there with us! 🗻
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