No longer a startup: Canva

In a bold move that has captured the attention of the global tech industry, Australian entrepreneur Melanie Perkins has propelled her startup, Canva, into a billion-dollar enterprise by the age of 30. Not content with merely competing, Perkins is challenging tech giants such as Microsoft and Adobe with her innovative approach to design.

From Perth to Global Influence

Founded in 2013, Canva began as a simple yet ambitious project in Perkins’ mother’s living room in Perth. Initially focused on creating a user-friendly platform for designing school yearbooks, the venture, known as Fusion Books, quickly grew to become the largest of its kind in Australia. This early success laid the groundwork for what would become Canva.

A Design Platform for Everyone

Canva was born out of a vision to democratize design by making it accessible to everyone, regardless of their skills in traditional design tools like Photoshop and Indesign.


This vision was nurtured during Perkins’ college years when she recognized the need for a more intuitive design solution while teaching her peers.

Rapid Growth and Expansion

By 2020, Canva had evolved into a robust online design platform with over 4 million users. The platform simplifies the creation of complex designs, offering everything from logo creation to business presentations at no cost for the basic version. By then, Canva was not only a household name in online design but also a formidable business valued at $3.2 billion.

Innovative Features and Accessibility

The core of Canva’s success lies in its simplicity and the ability to provide a seamless design experience. The platform features an extensive library of over a million high-quality photographs, vectors, and templates, ensuring that users have a vast array of resources at their fingertips. This ease of use, combined with powerful tools, has positioned Canva as a preferred choice for both novices and professionals.

Facing the Future

Looking ahead, Perkins envisions Canva as a replacement for more complex design software, catering to users who seek professional results without the steep learning curve associated with traditional programs. Her focus remains on enhancing Canva’s usability and ensuring it remains a tool that is easy to learn and enjoyable to use.

The journey continues

Canva’s journey from a modest start-up to a global leader in online design is a testament to the power of innovation and vision in the competitive tech landscape. With Melanie Perkins at the helm, Canva is not just taking on the giants of the tech industry; it is redefining the very nature of design software for the digital age.




A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone and feel the charm of existence.


Carl Gruen

Carl is the founding host of the Australia128 program and brings a world of expertise to the station. From Canadian, Australian, and European Indie, to the more undiscovered Indie markets in Asia and Latin America.

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