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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:13

Former Apple Chief Evangelist joins Aussie design company Featured

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Guy Kawasaki with Canva co-founders Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht Guy Kawasaki with Canva co-founders Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht

Former Chief Evangelist of Apple Guy Kawasaki has joined Aussie design startup Canva, resurrecting his famous title from Apple in the process.

Canva is an online graphic design platform used to create designs for Web and print, and was started in Western Australia in 2007. The appointment is a massive coup for the young startup, and Guy Kawasaki seems equally excited to get on board.

“Macintosh democratized computers; Google democratized information; and eBay democratized commerce. In the same way, Canva democratizes design,” Kawasaki said.

“You don’t get many chances to democratize an industry, so I seized the opportunity to work for Canva.”

The renowned author, entrepreneur, and startup advisor will develop an evangelism program for the company and help it grow internationally.

“I was an early adopter of Canva and used it to create graphics for my social media posts and email newsletters," Kawasaki said.

"After making contact with Canva’s founders, I was enchanted by the company’s vision and desire to change the world.” Mr. Kawasaki will also become an investor in the company.

“In seven months, people have created more than one million designs using Canva. We’re incredibly excited to welcome Guy onboard as Canva’s Chief Evangelist,” said Canva CEO Melanie Perkins. “It’s an amazing endorsement of the Canva vision to have someone of his caliber join our team.”

“We have become a daily tool for many bloggers, marketers and small business owners. It’s a testament to our team’s hard work that we’re seeing 100,000 new designs created every week by more than 330,000 users,” she said.

Peg Fitzpatrick will also join Canva, in a social media role. Prior to this, she worked with Kawasaki as his social-media architect, and she was the cofounder of the 12 Most website. She will become Canva’s Head of Social Strategy.

For more information check out Canva's website, here.


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