TransferWise, the London-based international money transfer platform, broke a Guinness World Record last night by creating the world’s largest currency symbol made out of people.
The company gathered employees from across its five offices in Europe and the US to complete the giant euro symbol, made up of 350 people from 35 different nationalities. It overtook the previous world record of 327 people, held by the North East Chamber of Commerce (UK).
TransferWise has expanded its team by over 200% in the past twelve months. This week, everyone from across the company’s five offices met up for the bi-annual company holiday “Summer Days”. Twice a year everyone gets together to talk about the company’s vision of making finance fairer as well as hiking through the Estonian forests and playing ‘soap hockey.’
Founded by Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann four years ago, TransferWise is one of Europe’s fastest growing financial technology companies. Customers now send €700 million through the platform every month, which means they’re saving €31 million a month compared to if they sent the money through a bank, lending this latest record an extra significance.
Taavet Hinrikus, TransferWise’s co-founder, said of the record: "Everyone in the company is happy that TransferWise is a Guinness World Record holder!
“We bring our whole team together twice a year because our culture is essential to our success as a company. It is what has enabled us to scale so quickly and it will be key to our future. We’re on a mission to make the world a little bit better by making finance fairer for our customers. That’s no small challenge and that’s why we spend time bringing our team together and making sure they know and trust each other completely.”