Canva is an Australian global multi-national[5] graphic design platform that is used to create social media graphics and presentations.[6][7][8] The app includes readymade templates for users to use, and the platform is free and offers paid subscriptions such as Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise for additional functionality.[9] In 2021, Canva launched a video editing tool.[10] Users can also pay for physical products to be printed and shipped.[11] The company has announced it intends to compete with Google and Microsoft in the office software category, with website and whiteboard products.[12]

Canva Pty Ltd
Area served
ProductsCanva, Canva Pro, Canva for Enterprise, Canva for Education, Canva for Nonprofits
Members100 million users [1]
Number of employees
2,000[2] (September 2021)
ParentCanva Inc.[3]
Developer(s)Canva Pty Ltd
Initial releaseAugust 2013; 9 years ago (2013-08)
Operating systemWeb, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
Available in100 languages[4]
TypeGraphics software, Whiteboarding

In June 2020, Canva raised A$60 million at a valuation of A$6 billion; almost doubling its 2019 valuation.[13][14] In September 2021, Canva raised US$200 million, with its value peaking that year at US$40 billion.[15][16] By September 2022, the valuation of the company had leveled at US$26 billion.[12]


Canva was founded in Perth, Australia, by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, and Cameron Adams on 1 January 2013. In its first year, Canva had more than 750,000 users.[17] In April 2014, social media and technology expert Guy Kawasaki joined the company as its chief evangelist (brand promoter).[18] In 2015, Canva for Work was launched, focusing on marketing materials.[19]

During the 2016–17 financial year, Canva's revenue increased from A$6.8 million to A$23.5 million, with a loss of A$3.3 million. In 2017, the company reached profitability and had 294,000 paying customers.[20]

In January 2018, Perkins announced that the company had raised A$40 million from Sequoia Capital, Blackbird Ventures, and Felicis Ventures, and the company was valued at A$1 billion.[21][22][20] Australian superannuation funds Hostplus and Aware Super are known to be investors.[23]

During May 2019, the company raised another round of funding of A$70 million from General Catalyst and Bond and its existing investors Blackbird Ventures and Felicis Ventures, valuing Canva at A$2.5 billion.[24] In October that year, Canva announced that it had raised an additional A$85  million at a valuation of A$3.2 billion, and launched an enterprise product.[13]

In December 2019, Canva announced Canva for Education, a free product for schools and other educational institutions intended to facilitate collaboration between students and teachers.[25]

In June 2020, Canva announced a partnership with FedEx Office[26] and with Office Depot the following month.[27] As of June 2020, Canva's valuation had risen to A$6 billion, rising to A$40 billion by September 2021.[28][29] While its value had fallen significantly, perhaps as much as 67% from its 2021 high to mid 2022, it was still known as a "darling" of the Australian tech sector along with Atlassian.[23][30] Co-founders Perkins and Obrecht have already disclosed their plan to give away much of their fortune to numerous philanthropic causes.[31]

Data breachEdit

In May 2019, Canva experienced a data breach in which data of roughly 139 million users were hacked.[32] The exposed data included real names of users, usernames, email addresses, geographical information, and password hashes for some users.[33] Canva faced criticism for an initial email to customers, which buried the details below self-congratulatory marketing content.[34][35] Later in January 2020 approximately 4 million user passwords were decrypted and shared online.[36] Canva responded by resetting the passwords of every user who had not changed their password since the initial breach.


In 2018, the company acquired presentations startup Zeetings for an undisclosed amount, as part of its expansion into the presentations space.[37]

In May 2019, the company announced the acquisitions of Pixabay and Pexels, two free stock photography sites based in Germany, which enabled Canva users to access their photos for designs.[38]

In February 2021, Canva acquired Austrian startup and the Czech-based Smartmockups.[39]

See alsoEdit


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