Co-founder & Chief Product Officer at Canva - Cameron Adams
Episode 248, Cameron Adams
Cameron Adams is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Canva, an online design platform with over 10 million users (and one of the most exciting startups in Australia). He leads the design and product teams there as well as focusing on future product directions and innovative experiences.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne in 2001, Cameron started a design agency that produced work for global clients such as Atlassian, NEC, TEDx and Sydney Festival. When Google came knocking in 2007 he couldn’t resist the call and spent the next 4 years helping Lars and Jens Rasmussen — co-founders of Google Maps — realise the design vision for their ground-breaking communication tool Google Wave.
In 2011 he founded an ambitious email startup with two other Google alumni before meeting Melanie Perkins & Cliff Obrecht, and deciding to help them build the beginnings of Canva. He now leads the design and product strategy for Canva’s apps, which grew from 1.5 million users to over 7 million users in 2015 alone.
Through his work and his writing — which spans five books and numerous articles — Cameron has contributed to the foundations that underpin modern web design and has been asked to speak around the world at events such as South by Southwest, Fronteers, CeBIT, and Web Directions.