HOW SYDNEY STARTUP CANVA DISRUPTED DIGITAL DESIGN
Written on the 17 October 2016 by Lin Evlin
THE Australian start-up scene, although growing rapidly, is still relatively immature and venture capital funding is difficult to come by. Therefore, it is no small feat that in just over three years, Sydney start-up Canva has built an online design platform which now services more than 10 million users across 179 countries.
1. A genuine solution
As with most of the world's most successful start-ups, it often begins with an idea and a genuine solution to a real problem.
2. Power in its people
When Canva was founded, the team was, as Perkins describes it, "five people sitting around a table". Since then, the team has grown to more than a hundred people working across two offices in Sydney and the Philippines.
3. A never say die attitude
Although Canva has raised in excess of $55 million, Perkins tells Business News Australia that getting buy-in from investors did not start off easy.