I met up with Melanie Perkins at the VIVATECH conference in Paris this weekend. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Canva, a company aiming to democratize design and marketing materials. They have acquired Pexels and Pixabay.
I first saw her on stage. On her left was the founder of Revolut, a digital bank, and on her right were two investors aiming to grow and incubate startups in Europe. They were being interviewed by Mike Butcher, editor at TechCrunch. The question came up whether the startups on stage should be acquired and whether that would be her eventual exit. She made it clear that they’re only getting started, and that if everything goes according to plan, selling is not the goal.