Canva expands in Manila

Canva office in Makati, Philippines

Online design and publishing platform Canva is opening an engineering function in Manila, as part of a growth plan to build stronger tech capabilities in the Philippines.

New hires will be joining the startup’s global pool of talent to build the design tool.

Canva, recently valued at $1 billion, plans to advance its product offering by growing it’s Manila headcount from 97 to more than 150 this year, and is preparing for expansion by securing three floors of office space at Makati’s Coherco Corporate Centre, a seven-story building in Manila’s burgeoning business district.

Canva co-founder and CEO Melanie Perkins said that she is constantly inspired by the creativity and dedication from the team in Manila.

“Our Manila and Sydney teams are very similar. Both have exceptionally motivated and talented people who thrive and believe in our mission of empowering everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere,” she said.

“We were lucky enough to work with wonderful people from the Philippines since very early on in the journey. The country has a very strong design community and global aesthetic, and is well-known for producing topnotch engineering talent – for us it makes perfect sense to bolster our engineering capability with a new team in Manila,” Perkins said.

Zach Kitschke, head of People at Canva said: “Canva’s culture is about creating a place where everyone loves coming to work each day, and feels empowered to do the best work of their lives. We’re really excited to be setting up our very first product teams in the Philippines and are looking for software engineers who are excited by big technical challenges, and building products and features used by millions of people all around the world.”

Kitschke said that Canva employees in both offices enjoy gym subsidies, in-house chefs who cook breakfast and lunch, extraordinary team celebrations, and many more benefits – the offices even have the same creative approach to design, which is key to facilitating collaboration across geographies.

Today, Canva is in over 100 languages, including Tagalog and Cebuano, and is available on desktop, iOS and Android devices.

April 2018


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