Patrick Llewellyn joined 99designs, the world's largest graphic design marketplace, in 2009. He previously spent a decade at Nextec Strategic Capital advising Australian technology and media companies with an expertise in growth and capital raising.
In 2010 Patrick moved to San Francisco to open the 99Designs U.S. office and oversee U.S. and international expansion. He was officially appointed CEO in January 2011, and quickly guided 99designs to a $35 million first-round capital investment led by Accel Partners (Facebook, Dropbox, Etsy), followed by a $10 million Series B led by Recruit Holdings 2015.
Llewellyn has since launched 99designs' European headquarters in Berlin as well as localized-language sites across Europe and Latin America. He has grown the company from a handful of staff to 115 in San Francisco, Melbourne, Berlin, and Rio de Janeiro. As of January 2015, 99designs has hosted more than 350,000 graphic design contests and paid out more than $100 million to its community of designers around the world.
President & CEO
2009 - Current (almost 8 years)
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|Jun 25, 2015||Tech City News - Crowdsourcing the future of design|
|Jun 17, 2015||Tech Vibes - General Assembly and Traction Conf Partner to Host Online Mini-Conference - Techvibes.com|
|Apr 16, 2015||Mashable - How to make it in America, through the eyes of an Aussie entrepreneur|
|Apr 16, 2015||Startup Daily - It missed out on buying Freelancer, but Recruit Holdings now has a piece of 99designs, leading its $10 million Series B round|
|Apr 15, 2015||TechInAsia - 99designs gets $15M to make strong push into Japan|
|Apr 15, 2015||TechCrunch - 99designs Raises $10M To Bring Its Design Marketplace To Japan|