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Melanie Perkins

Co-Founder & CEO of Canva

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, 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

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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 available upon request. 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.

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