Company: YouSendIt, Campbell, CA
Entry Submitted By: Airfoil Public Relations
Company Description: YouSendIt offers the most widely used solutions for sending, receiving and tracking digital content. It is ideal for sending large files without the limitations of email attachments, FTP connections or overnighting critical data. Designed for individual use or for company-wide deployments, it simplifies file transfer for end-users while ensuring data security and compliance.
Nomination Category: Management Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Executive of the Year - Computer Software
Nomination Title: YouSendIt: 11 Million Delighted Customers
1. Tell the story about what this nominee achieved since January 1 2009 (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:
As CEO of YouSendIt, Ivan Koon has built one of the world’s most widely used
and rapidly adopted online applications. More than 11 million people in 220
countries rely on YouSendIt to send large files for business and personal
communications. Koon manages the company's core operations, business growth,
strategy and key partnerships. He has not only helped transform the company
from an ad-based to a subscription-based model, but he also has played an
integral role in establishing YouSendIt's leadership position in the category
of secure managed file transfer. Koon has been at the forefront of
YouSendIt’s “freemium” model, a business approach that offers basic services
for free, while charging a premium for advanced or special features.
In 2009, Koon led the company’s growth surge, with 300,000 new users every
month, more than 150,000 subscribers and more than 1,500 corporate customers.
Increasing endorsement from businesses around the world embracing the service
has enabled YouSendIt to experience its two best quarters in the history of the
company this year, despite the nation’s economic turmoil. To date the company
has had 3.4 million plug-in copies and has more than 12 million files uploaded
or downloaded on a daily basis, which comes out to more than 40,000GB of data
that is sent, received and tracked through YouSendIt.
Through Koon’s leadership, YouSendIt has won industry recognition for its
market leadership. This year, YouSendIt was positioned in the Visionaries
Quadrant of Gartner, Inc.'s Managed File Transfer Magic Quadrant. It also was
awarded a Stevie Award for “Best Overall Company,” voted a Webware 100 winner,
and named a Network Products Guide Hot Company and a Red Herring North America
During 2009, Koon oversaw the launch of YouSendIt’s iPhone tracker application,
advancements in the company’s Outlook Plug-in and expansion into new vertical
markets. In a year of economic turmoil Koon continued to motivate YouSendIt’s
more than 100 employees and prepare the company for robust expansion in 2010.
In addition to being actively involved in driving the company forward and
positioning it for significant growth in the coming year, Koon also has managed
to establish a strong work-life balance. His motivation and passion for
business combined with love and commitment to his family have enabled Koon to
serve as a role model both in the workplace and at home for his wife and
In 2009, few executives have been able to match Koon’s success as reflected in
his company’s growth, as well as the recognition he has received from customers
and the industry. Ivan Koon is exceptionally situated to be honored as
executive of the year.
2. List hyperlinks to any online news stories, press releases, or other documents that support the claims made in the section above. IMPORTANT: Begin each link with http://, and enclose each link in square brackets; for example, [http://www.youraddress.com]:
3. Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about the nominee:
As CEO of YouSendIt, Ivan Koon manages the company's core operations, business
growth, strategy and key partnerships. Koon has transformed the company from an
ad-based to a subscription-based model and has helped solidify YouSendIt's
leadership in secure managed file transfer. He has a track record of more than
20 years of operational and management success. Prior to leading YouSendIt,
Koon was senior vice president of the Adobe Acrobat Intelligent Document
business unit, where he more than doubled Acrobat's revenue in less than three
years and created an Enterprise Document LifeCycle Server business that grew to
over $100 million in revenue.