Canva is a graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.
The company was founded on 1 January 2012 in Sydney, Australia by Melanie Perkins. She previously founded Fusion Books, Australia's largest yearbook publisher. In its first year, Canva had more than 750,000 users. Social-media and technology expert Guy Kawasaki joined the company as chief evangelist in April 2014. In 2015, Canva for Work was launched which gave businesses a tool for producing marketing materials.
During the 2016-17 financial year, revenue increased from $AU 6.8m to $AU 23.5m, with losses of $3.3m. In 2017, the company reached profitability and had 294,000 paying customers. As of 2018, the company employs 200 people with offices in both Australia and San Francisco. In January 2018, Perkins announced that the company had raised $40 million by Sequoia Capital, Blackbird Ventures, and Felicis Ventures, and it was valued at $1 billion.
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