99designs

  • 99designs Launches Swiftly, A Site For Small, Quick Design Fixes

    99designs Launches Swiftly, A Site For Small, Quick Design Fixes

    With its design contest model, 99designs seems to have set the example that other services either mimic or push back against. Now it’s launching a new site, Swiftly, with a new approach for smaller jobs. CEO Patrick Llewellyn told me that Swiftly was built to address a need that many existing customers had brought, one that isn’t well-served in the existing 99designs model… Read More

  • Design Competition Model Is Working For 99designs, Especially In Asia

    Design Competition Model Is Working For 99designs, Especially In Asia

    Love them or hate them, 99designs’ design contest model is working pretty well, going by its latest figures. The Melbourne, Australian company now pays out about $2 million per month to designers on its site, according to its CEO, Patrick Llewellyn. Comparing that to the $20 million it paid out in the three years between 2009 and 2011, that’s an almost four-fold growth. But for… Read More

  • 99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer

    99designs Makes Its First Acquisition, Scoops Up European Rival 12designer

    99designs, the polarizing crowdsourced design marketplace, announced its first acquisition tonight, as the Accel-backed startup scooped up its European rival, 12designer, for an undisclosed amount. In the near-term, 12designer will continue to operate as a standalone site. Since raising $35 million from Accel, 99designs has been focused on international growth, said Patrick Llewellyn, the… Read More

  • With 99,999 Contests Launched, 99designs Creates Its Own Fund To Support Design Students

    With 99,999 Contests Launched, 99designs Creates Its Own Fund To Support Design Students

    Back in April, 99designs raised a sizable, $35 million series A funding round from Accel and angel investors like Michael Dearing, Stewart Butterfield, Dave Goldberg and Anthony Casalena. Today, in celebration of the launch of its 99,999th design contest, the startup is announcing its own fund to give back to design students. The $99,999 fund will award 1,010 $99 bonus payments to students on… Read More

  • Accel Invests $35M. in 99designs…After Years of Trying

    Accel Invests $35M. in 99designs…After Years of Trying

    Accel Partners has invested $35 million in the crowdsource design service 99designs– a monster of a series A. Of course, 99designs is not your average early-stage startup. Born in Melbourne, Australia out of an older company called sitepoint.com, 99designs is bootstrapped, profitable and growing revenues at a rate of about 120% a year. A few strategic angel investors also… Read More