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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
  • Developing an evolving culture through hiring

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Show notes:
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Credits:
Intro music credit to Bensound

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