Melanie Perkins remarked that press coverage of startup success is often like “watching a highlights reel”. In reality, the startup world is a grind – a rewarding one, but one that requires an immense amount of work.
Canva announces launch of platform in six new languages to reach a billion potential users worldwide
Design startup Canva has today announced its design platform will be available in six new languages, which will expand the company’s reach to more than a billion potential users worldwide.
Canva co-founder Melanie Perkins takes out top prize at the NSW Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
The wins keep coming for design startup Canva. Just a few weeks after closing a US$15 million Series A round that has valued the startup at $165 million, co-founder Melanie Perkins has taken out top prize at the NSW Technology Entrepreneur of the Year awards in recognition of her ‘entrepreneurial endeavours and role model qualities’.
Design platform Canva today announced a USD$15 million Series A round of funding to continue expanding its platform, which is now used by more than five million marketers, designers and small business owners. This latest round of capital brings the total amount raised by the Sydney-based startup to USD$27 million and gives it a valuation of USD$165 million.
The role of a Chief Evangelist is to take a company from zero to critical mass. But what does that mean?
The purpose of an evangelist is to help a company, a product, a technology or merely “a thing” go from zero to critical mass. Evangelists help find and leverage the most passionate early adopters so that these particular users are so compelled; they convince their friends, family and colleagues to use what they’re using.
Today, Sydney-based startup Canva, founded by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams, officially opened up its new Canva for Work platform to its four million users. The milestone coincides with recent celebrations of the company’s two year anniversary and 30 million designs that were created using its platform.
The unfortunate demise of Ninja Blocks highlights an important issue that founders need to get their heads around
Yesterday, there was one story that dominated the Australian startup ecosystem: Ninja Blocks, a local pioneer in the Internet of Things space, would be closing its doors. It was a clear-cut case of not being able to continue building the company due to a very limited financial runway.
Canva announces additional $6 million funding as it prepares to take on Adobe and Microsoft with ‘Canva for Work’
Online design platform Canva, founded by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams, has just announced that it has taken on an additional $6 million in its third round of funding, bringing the total amount raised by the Sydney startup to $12 million.
At the Manila Canva Creatives conference last weekend, design startup Canva announced the launch of its layout design marketplace that now allows professional designers to contribute layouts and earn royalties every time their designs are purchased.
Canva launches The Design School; sets up pilot partnerships with Skillshare, General Assembly and Open Learning
Last night, design software startup Canva, launched its first ‘support’ product for the platform, announcing The Design School. The company is describing Design School as a ‘new platform, workshop series and teacher resource hub designed to increase the world’s visual literacy’.
The Canva app sits in the Productivity category on the App store. Canva is lucky that there is no real competition in its space right now, that offers the all the functionality they do basically free, with only a small fee for premium design features and imagery. However, Adobe and its Creative Cloud services have begun to make a play into their own web solutions.
The Sunrise: Smart recruiting, UX design and culture building tops the priority list for Australia’s best entrepreneurs
A panel of Australia’s most influential players in the startup scene came in together Sydney last Friday to share their experiences with a 700-strong crowd at The Sunrise convention. The day-long event gave audiences the rare opportunity to ask questions and learn directly from the founders of companies such as Atlassian, Freelancer, Envato, Canva, RetailMeNot, LookSmart and Salmat.
Eventbrite partners with 99designs to offer graphic design support to event organisers. Is Canva next?
Global self-service ticketing platform and events marketplace, Eventbrite, has today announced its partnership with 99designs, a graphic design marketplace home to over 310,000 designers worldwide. As a result of this partnership, event organisers will be able to connect with a diverse pool of graphic designers and source professional banner designs for their event pages.
It would be quite easy as a fellow startup to roll your eyes at even “more” ground-breaking news about Canva. The fact is, when you have as much traction as they do in a particular industry, press coverage is warranted.
Designed by James Boyden and Tom Murtagh of SnapDisco, the online service aims to revolutionise the way photo objects (subjects in an image) can be digitally isolated and extracted without the need for hours of laborious clickwork on Photoshop.