The Startup Playbook Podcast
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Every week, I interview successful entrepreneurs, investors and business industry experts on how they got started, the strategies they used to succeed and their advice to current and future entrepreneurs.
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Ep085 – Patrick Llewellyn (CEO – 99Designs) on planning and focus
My guest for Episode 85 of The Startup Playbook Podcast is Patrick Llewellyn, the CEO of 99Designs.Patrick initially spent a decade in boutique corporate advisory where he primarily worked with Australian technology and new media companies.
He then joined 99Designs in 2009, around 18 months after the business had launched to setup their presence and office in the US.
Fast forward 9 years and 99designs is the world's largest online graphic design marketplace, connecting businesses looking for design work with more than 220,000 graphic designers from 192 countries around the world.
Patrick has been the CEO of 99Designs for the last 7.5 years and alongside the growth of the business, he has overseen raising a $35M Series A round from Accel in 2011 before raising a further $10M in 2015.
We covered a range of topics in this interview including: Understanding risk
Their decision to shutting down, Swiftly, a popular spinoff brand created by 99Designs
Aligning personal and team focus
The importance of planning
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