99Designs Launches Australian Site!
The worlds largest online design marhet, 99designs, officially launched 99designs.com.au yesterday, a new localised version of the company’s popular design marketplace.
Through the local version of the website, Small Business and Startups within Australia will be able to ‘crowdsource’ their design needs by posting contests, receiving on average for every contest around 90 designs from over the 120,000 designers on the site. The great thing about the new localised version is that Aussie Businesses will be dealing with Aussie Currency.
Australia is just the first step in the localisation strategy for 99designs with the UK and Canada planned for the coming months. This all comes after the company which was started by Mark Harbottle and Mick Mickiewicz in 2008, received a $35 million first round capital investment led by Accel Partners, whose portfolio includes Facebook, DropBox and Etsy.
“Australian businesses have already used 99designs to hold over 3,500 design contests in 2011. We’re here to foster new relationships between businesses and designers and we are thrilled to be able to launch a local version of the site” says founder Mark Harbottle.
To date 99designs has paid out more than $24 million to the global design community and is currently experiencing 120% year on year growth. From a staff of three in 2008, they now employ 40 people across Melbourne and San Francisco.