Jul 2012

How it all started

The idea for Canva came about when Melanie Perkins was teaching graphic design programs at university and found students struggled to learn the basics. Partnering with co-founder Cliff Obrecht, the pair launched Fusion Books, an online design tool that made it easy for students and teachers to create their own yearbooks. They soon realised that the technology they'd developed could be used much more broadly. After searching far and wide, they launched Canva with tech co-founder Cameron Adams.

March 2013

Canva Raised $3.6 million from Great US and Australian Investors

Australian startup Canva has raised a $3 million seed round from top Australian and U.S. investors including Matrix Partners, InterWest Partners and 500 Startups.

Aug 2013

Canva Launched its Beta and Received an Incredible Response

We launched Canva to the world, allowing everyone to create beautiful designs. Marketers, bloggers and small business owners flocked to Canva to design.

Jan 2014

150,000 Amazing People Joined and Helped Spread the Word

Thanks to all your incredible support, we reached 150,000 users and opened publicly.

April 2014

Guy Kawasaki Joined as Chief Evangelist

Former chief evangelist of Apple, Guy Kawasaki joined Canva and resurrected his famous title from Apple.

July 2014

Canva Launched its “Design” button

Canva unveiled its "Canva Button", a simple new plug-in for third party websites to allow their users to create their own graphics.

Aug 2014

Opened Office in Manila

Canva opened an office in the Philippines bringing onboard an incredible customer happiness, design and marketing team.


+ Kei

Country Manager

Kei supports all-things-people-and-operations in Canva Manila. She helps facilitate processes between Sydney and Manila while carrying out the vision for the team. When not working, she loves chasing sunsets and exploring the city for local cafes.


+ Tin

HR & Admin Officer

Fondly called by the team as “Mommy”, Tin is a full-time mother to three little boys, and oversees Manila’s Human Resource and Admin operations. Outside work, she pursues her recently discovered love for solo-travel and her favourite sport, volleyball! You’ll know she’s around, once you hear her contagiously funny laugh.


+ AJ

Lead Curator

AJ heads up the training and process development of the Marketplace and Customer Happiness teams. When she’s not wielding her expertise in customer service, training, and management, she moonlights as Canva Manila’s self-proclaimed rom-com specialist. Her in-depth knowledge of Hollywood, Filipino, and Korean chick flicks have proven to be indispensable for guilty pleasure movie nights at the office.


+ Ivan

Support Specialist

Ivan is a Support Specialist/CHT onboarding captain/gadgets go-to/Social Media almost rockstar in Canva. In college, he studied fine arts but shifted to music later on. He is a band drummer and used to teach musical instruments. He recently found his new love in the form of a blue bird called twitter. In the future, he plans to compile all his favorite and interesting tweets and write a book titled- Canva Chronicles: Tales from the Tweet.


+ Anne

Support Specialist

Before joining Canva, Anne has spent the past years doing Human Resources and Marketing assistance. This well-rounded multi-tasker and problem solver is part of the Customer Happiness team whose goal is to provide amazing customer experience. She loves spending her free time watching movies, spending quality time with her friends and family or planning her next travel adventure.


+ Eris

Support Specialist

Eris is part of the Customer Happiness Team and mainly focuses on making Canva’s awesome users the happiest people alive, be it by providing exceptional customer support, or contributing her ideas on how to improve Canva itself. She usually spends her free time at nearby coffee or tea shops, people-watching.


+ Gayle

Support Specialist

Gayle is a member of Customer Happiness Team. She’s a graduate of Information Management and her knowledge in technical stuff has been a great contribution to the team. She enjoys spending time with her dogs when she’s not at work.

Oct 2014

Launched iPad App to Bring Amazingly Simple Design to Your Fingertips

Canva's iPad app launched and made it easy to create stunning graphics on-the-go.

Canva Hit 1 Million Users

Thanks to the incredible support of the Canva community, we reached one million users who have created presentations, social media posts, invites and more.

Nov 2014

Launched Design School for People to Learn Design Skills

Canva unveiled the Canva Design School; a new platform, workshop series and teacher resource hub designed to increase the world’s visual literacy.

Launched Design Marketplace for Pro Designers

Canva has launched a marketplace allowing professional graphic designers to contribute layouts and earn royalties every time their designs are purchased.


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