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Melanie Perkins

Co-Founder & CEO of Canva

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Melanie Perkins Biography

Melanie Perkins is an Australian billionaire technology entrepreneur, who is the CEO and co-founder of Canva (with Cliff Obrecht) and owns 18% of the company. Perkins is one of the youngest female CEOs of a tech start-up valued over $1 billion. As of May 2021, Perkins was one of Australia's richest women.

Perkins and Obrecht were originally based in Perth. Perkins claims that she was rejected by over 100 local investors in Perth. In 2011, prominent investor, Bill Tai visited Perth to judge a start-up competition. Perkins and Obrecht pitched Tai the initial idea for Canva over dinner. There were also other venture capitalists present including Rick Baker from Blackbird Ventures. They received no funding but became regular fixtures at gatherings hosted by Tai for investors and start-up founders. Some of these gatherings took place in Silicon Valley where Perkins and Obrecht met Lars Rasmussen, co-founder of Google Maps. He expressed interest in the idea but told the founders to 'put everything on hold' until they found a tech team of the calibre required.

Rasmussen then became the tech adviser to the business where he introduced Perkins and Obrecht to Cameron Adams, an ex-Google employee with the relevant technical expertise. Adams was initially not interested in joining the business as he was starting his own business called fluent.io, software attempting to disrupt email. Adams was in Silicon Valley trying to raise funds for his start-up when Perkins sent him another email asking if he wanted to join the business. After that email, he agreed to join Canva, becoming its third founder and chief product officer. Perkins is the CEO of one of the few 'unicorn' start-ups that are profitable.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Melanie Perkins?

    Speaking fees for Melanie Perkins, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Melanie Perkins charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Melanie Perkins, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Melanie Perkins?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Melanie Perkins for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Melanie Perkins for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Melanie Perkins or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Melanie Perkins or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Co-Founder & CEO of Canva

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Melanie Perkins Biography

Melanie Perkins is an Australian billionaire technology entrepreneur, who is the CEO and co-founder of Canva (with Cliff Obrecht) and owns 18% of the company. Perkins is one of the youngest female CEOs of a tech start-up valued over $1 billion. As of May 2021, Perkins was one of Australia's richest women.

Perkins and Obrecht were originally based in Perth. Perkins claims that she was rejected by over 100 local investors in Perth. In 2011, prominent investor, Bill Tai visited Perth to judge a start-up competition. Perkins and Obrecht pitched Tai the initial idea for Canva over dinner. There were also other venture capitalists present including Rick Baker from Blackbird Ventures. They received no funding but became regular fixtures at gatherings hosted by Tai for investors and start-up founders. Some of these gatherings took place in Silicon Valley where Perkins and Obrecht met Lars Rasmussen, co-founder of Google Maps. He expressed interest in the idea but told the founders to 'put everything on hold' until they found a tech team of the calibre required.

Rasmussen then became the tech adviser to the business where he introduced Perkins and Obrecht to Cameron Adams, an ex-Google employee with the relevant technical expertise. Adams was initially not interested in joining the business as he was starting his own business called fluent.io, software attempting to disrupt email. Adams was in Silicon Valley trying to raise funds for his start-up when Perkins sent him another email asking if he wanted to join the business. After that email, he agreed to join Canva, becoming its third founder and chief product officer. Perkins is the CEO of one of the few 'unicorn' start-ups that are profitable.

Melanie Perkins Videos

  • Melanie Perkins of Canva on Dealing with Rejection - YouTube
    Melanie explains why having a clear vision for the future influences her ability to handle rejection._______Opinions and thoughts expressed ...
  • Melanie Perkins Keynote (Canva), Sunrise North Island - YouTube
    Sunrise North Island is our homage to Founders. We want to help build a startup movement in New Zealand. We want to support Kiwis in ...
  • Melanie Perkins - Canva - Founder stories from The Sunrise

FAQs on booking Melanie Perkins

  • How to book Melanie Perkins?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Melanie Perkins for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Melanie Perkins, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Melanie Perkins or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Melanie Perkins?

    Speaking fees for Melanie Perkins, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Melanie Perkins charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Melanie Perkins, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Melanie Perkins?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Melanie Perkins for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Melanie Perkins for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Melanie Perkins or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Melanie Perkins or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Melanie Perkins is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Melanie Perkins for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Melanie Perkins generally travels from SydneyAustralia and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Randi Zuckerberg, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Lori Cheek, Jennifer Hyman and Fran Hauser. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Melanie Perkins for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Melanie Perkins Speaker Videos

  • Melanie Perkins of Canva on Dealing with Rejection - YouTube
    Melanie explains why having a clear vision for the future influences her ability to handle rejection._______Opinions and thoughts expressed ...
    Melanie Perkins Keynote (Canva), Sunrise North Island - YouTube
    Sunrise North Island is our homage to Founders. We want to help build a startup movement in New Zealand. We want to support Kiwis in ...
  • Melanie Perkins - Canva - Founder stories from The Sunrise
    Melanie Perkins On Canva | genConnect
    Canva creator Melanie Perkins talks about why she felt design needed to be simplified. Be sure to subscribe for daily interviews and content with our experts! Like Us on...
  • Interview: Canva CEO, Melanie Perkins
    Visual content marketing is all the rage right now. It's the best way to get eyeballs on your content in the fast-moving world of social media streams. As part of a new visual content marketing...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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