Who are we?
Pipe is the vision of a Berlin-based start-up who wanted to provide a new way for friends to interact online, one-to-one and in privacy. The Pipe team works out of an artists' building at the heart of the downtown district in east Berlin where the city's young internet and mobile start-ups are now concentrated.
Pipe's founders and management team are experienced entrepreneurs from the digital media space:
Simon Hossell (CEO): Prior to founding Pipe with Philip and Marco, Simon worked for many years with young mobile and internet start-ups in London, Paris, Berlin & New York City before building up the European business of Gracenote Inc., where he licensed file ripping & metadata technologies to large corporate accounts (Spotify, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, BMW, Orange, etc.).
Philip Eggersglüss & Marco Rydmann: Prior to meeting Simon and starting Pipe, Philip and Marco developed Songbeat out of Berlin in 2007, an online music search-and-download application that achieved some success before being sued by Warner. The technology they developed was subsequently sold to Simfy (the German Spotify rival) and now powers Simfy's music player software.
What is Pipe?
The Pipe application provides a really simple and intuitive UI, literally a pipe coming out of the computer screen into which the user just drags and drops a file. On the other side, the file emerges out of the friend's Pipe, magically. In this way, Pipe creates a direct, real-time connection between two devices with no intermediary server. Pipe starts as an application on Facebook, and is then migrating to mobile devices and tablets.
As surprising as it sounds, there's currently no easy and effective way to transfer a file to a friend via Facebook. Pipe has taken a common feature of communication - attaching a file - and turned it into something simple and fun to use. What could be easier than dropping a file into the Pipe and have it appear at the other end, via the Pipe? Privacy is guaranteed as it's a direct connection from one device to the other, between friends.
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- Pipe is an application on the Facebook platform
- Send and receive files with any online friend
- Live connection to send files back & forth
- Support for any file format, up to 1GB*
- Only the sender needs to be on Pipe
- Invite a friend to Pipe with a simple file transfer
- Direct connection with no intermediary server