Canva just made its first purchase - digital presentation tool Zeetings

Canva’s Melanie Perkins in the film The New Hustle. (Source: YouTube)

Design and publishing platform Canva, the first Australian start-up since Atlassian to join the ranks of unicorns with a valuation in excess of $US1 billion, has acquired online interactive presentation tool Zeetings.

The price of Canva’s first purchase wasn’t revealed.

Zeetings, a Sydney startup launched in 2015, has been used by more than 1 million people in more than 50 countries.

The smart presentation tool adds interactivity and analytics to presentations, polls, surveys and group chats.

Melanie Perkins, CEO and co-founder at Canva, says the Zeetings team had grown a fantastic business centered on giving people a new way to engage their audiences.

“Together we will be able to deliver a full suite of rich, interactive experiences to power the future of presentations, and put an end to death by Powerpoint,” she says.

“In an age where the prevalence of mobile devices continue to grow, more and more people expect to use their devices as a medium to connect.

“Contrary to popular belief, smartphones, tablets and laptops are not distractions; they can actually be used to encourage audience participation.”

Robert Kawalsky, Zeetings CEO and co-founder, will be joining Canva.

“We launched Zeetings three years ago with the simple idea that if we could transform presentations from one-way monologues into two-way conversations, we’d be able to unleash the collective genius of everyone in the room,” he says.

“Gone are the days when people relinquished their time with boring presentations.”

Zeetings customers include BMW, EY, Deloitte and HP, and locally Woolworths, CSIRO and the Australian Stock Exchange.

Zeetings is also in use in two-thirds of Australian universities. In 2017, the company was recognised by Westpac as one of 200 Businesses of Tomorrow.

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