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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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 describes recent acquisitions.
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 to carta.com/twist.
48:50 - Canva’s next chapter after raising a $70M Series D.