E939: Canva CEO & Co-Founder Melanie Perkins shares insights from growing her Australian college startup into a global unicorn with over one billion designs & 15m monthly active users, breaking into Silicon Valley, landing the first investment from Mary Meeker’s Bond, & realizing her vision to be one of the world’s most valuable companies, doing the most good one can do

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Canva CEO & Co-Founder Melanie Perkins shares insights from growing her Australian college startup into a global unicorn with over one billion designs & 15m monthly active users, breaking into Silicon Valley, landing the first investment from Mary Meeker’s Bond, & realizing her vision to be one of the world’s most valuable companies, doing the most good one can do

0:49 – Jason introduces Melanie Perkins.

2:35 – Melanie tells Canva’s origin story.

10:24 – Jason thanks sponsor EquityZen. Go to equityzen.com/twist to get started for half the minimum investment ($10k).

12:38 – Melanie describes her Twitter habits.

13:12 – Meeting Bill Tai and getting him to invest.

21:38 – Getting a $1.4M grant from the Australian gov’t that matched her first round of funding.

26:48 – Jason thanks sponsor Scott Walker and Walker Corporate Law. Visit them at walkercorporatelaw.com.

30:17 – Melanie describes how and why Canva got into the ad template space and acquiring stock photo companies.

36:48 – Meeting Mary Meeker and securing her first investment at Bond Capital.

46:15 – Jason thanks sponsor Carta. To get 20% off Carta’s cap table software and 409A valuations, go tocarta.com/twist.

48:50 – Canva’s next chapter after raising a $70M Series D.

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