March 2024

Salesforce boss Marc Benioff joins Weev

San Francisco/Zurich. Szilard Szurdok, founder of Weev, the most innovative development platform in the shoe, leather and clothing industry, has announced a sensational new investor. Salesforce founder Marc Benioff has made a substantial investment in the start-up.

Marc Benioff, who once got the decisive tips for the rapid success of Salesforce from Steve Jobs, is not only investing financially, but also with personal commitment. Following Steve Jobs' example, he will also support Weev founder Szilard Szurdok in an advisory capacity. Weev is also Benioff's first investment in Switzerland.

"This is more than just great recognition, a small accolade for our young company," says Szilard Szurdok, "if anyone knows anything about digital transformation, it's probably Marc. When such a successful man from the digital business takes his own money and time into his own hands - that shows that Weev has hit a business nerve. Of course, that gives us even more momentum."

Based on a unique software solution (SAAS), Weev simplifies and accelerates the way products are designed, developed and manufactured in the footwear and apparel industry. With Weev, time and cost savings are measurable and the quality of collaboration in the global value chain is significantly improved. Digital disruption - again and groundbreaking.

"Transparency, sustainability, circular economy, speed to market and industry expertise are just some of the things that make Weev unique," says Weev founder Szilard Szurdok, always emphasizing the sustainability factor.

The leather and fashion industry in general is still in the Stone Age. Sample folders weighing a lot are flown around the world and small snippets are cut out with scissors at trade fairs. These conventional sample and material books are now a thing of the past. The new digital technology facilitates an agile and seamless workflow and enables significant and measurable savings.

"We want to empower product manufacturers by providing transformative connections, relevant resources and tools in real time," says Szilard Szurdok. "Weev's mission is to digitize the industry's processes and help make the complex simpler, more efficient. The whole thing is extremely resource-efficient and breathes the spirit of the times, the spirit of the future."

He goes on to explain that Weev will be a leading player because "we bundle industry expertise based on a robust material database, first-class data, useful analytics, highly defined material visualization and integrated collaboration tools."

Board Member Roger Franz Wilfinger summarizes Weev's mission as follows: "We want to make the world a little better with our business. And we also want everyone to look better in the process and afterwards."

Weev is currently expanding its international customer base. Weev users already include well-known companies such as Industria del Design, Santori Pellami, Polo Sourcing, Jinjiang HAOFA Shoe Material Co., Ltd. in China and Faytex Corporation in the USA.

Other companies are close to signing contracts globally and will further strengthen Weev's position as one of the leading players in the SAAS business in the fashion industry.