Melanie Perkins created the Canva design app at 19
What unites the head of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, the businessman Steve Jobs and the model Kylie Jenner? They all made their first billion at a young age!
And it turned out that for this it was not necessary to be born a child prodigy, it was enough to set goals and go towards them, and have courage.
Australian Melanie Perkins, at the age of 19, came up with the design app Canva. Anyone can easily use them. Among users, she has been nicknamed “Photoshop for Dummies.”
The idea of creating an app came to a girl’s mind when she was teaching students about graphic design. It has always been difficult for users, because its various elements are scattered across a bunch of sites and apps.
And then Melanie came up with a uniquely designed ecosystem that integrated all devices in one place.
Melanie generates entrepreneurial ideas since she was a child. At the age of 14 she was selling scarves in the market, at the age of 20 she opened a mini-print shop. For the sake of her full return to her own business, Perkins even took documents from the university.
The first $100 he earned, he invested in his new project, while receiving hundreds of rejections from potential investors.
– One of the most important things is knowing that rejection is okay. It’s part of the process, because once you get used to it, you can do anything until you succeed. -the young billionaire shares her experience. – In the project with Canva we did not have one, the main investor, as usual. Almost all of the checks were in denominations of around $10,000. The largest investment is $250,000. And she showed that investors believe in our success.
Currently, its application is used by 200 million users around the world. Canva made $500 million in 2021, some of which Melanie donated to charity.
Now Perkins, who recently turned 35, is one of the richest billionaires on the Green Continent.