Cliff Obrecht is co-founder and chief operating officer at Canva, an online design and publishing platform which makes graphic design simple for everyone. Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown to over 30 million users across 190 countries. Today Canva is growing from strength to strength, with over 1000 team members working together on a mission to empower everyone to create beautiful designs.
Cliff got his start in business in 2007, after graduating from a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Australia. Together with co-founder Melanie Perkins, he founded Fusion Books, an online design tool for school yearbooks. Over five years, the pair grew Fusion Books into the largest yearbook company in Australia, and successfully expanded to France and New Zealand.
However, Cliff and Melanie always knew there was much more potential for their simple design tool, so set out to raise investment. Today, Canva is valued at US$6 billion.
We were just two people sitting in a living room with a big idea.Cliff Obrecht