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Canva CEO Melanie Perkins to talk about the journey to $ 15 billion valuation at Disrupt – TechCrunch


The design space has undergone major changes over the past decade. What was once dominated by a single player in Adobe has now grown into a booming software landscape, with a handful of major players catering to the needs of designers across industries.

One of those players is Canva, the startup valued at over $ 15 billion. The company started with a product aimed at consumers, making design accessible to non-designers. But with the launch of a business-centric suite of tools, the growth of Sydney-based Canva has been astounding.

So it’s no surprise that we’re absolutely thrilled to have Canva Co-Founder and CEO Melanie Perkins join us at Disrupt (September 21-23) for a fireside chat.

Since launching the company in 2013, Perkins has led its growth and now has more than 55 million users each month, ranging from individual creators to SMBs to Fortune 500 companies.

We’ll talk to Perkins about how she took the business from individual creators to a B2B platform, what it’s like to lead an industry-specific startup in the midst of fundamental evolution – see: design may be the next entrepreneurial gold rush – and how it has handled this period of monumental growth for the company.

Perkins joins a stellar lineup of speakers at Disrupt, including Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Tope Awotona of Calendly, CEO of Slack Stewart Butterfield, Seth Rogen of Houseplant and investor Chamath Palihapitiya, among others. Check out the full list of speakers here. Disrupt is less than a month away and you can still get your pass to access it all for under $ 100! Register today.

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