Careers at Envato

Mission

Envato's mission is to help people to earn and to learn, online. It operates digital marketplaces that sell creative assets, services and tutorials for web design.

Business Segments

  • Envato Studio: A freelance marketplace for creative and technical services.
  • Envato Market: A collection of themed marketplaces where creators can sell assets.
  • Envato Tuts+: An educational library of over 21,000 tutorials and 700 video courses

History

Seeing the need for an online marketplace for stock photos and web design components, Collis Ta'eed, Cyan Ta'eed and Jun Rung launched Envato in 2006. Husband and wife, Collis and Cyan, got the idea for Envato while sharing a home with Jun Rung in Sydney. Rung, Collis’ childhood friend from Papua New Guinea, introduced him to graphic design while he was studying math and computer science in university.

The trio built their first website at a cost of $90,000. Their website, FlashDen, was a marketplace for flash files. This site would become one of many online marketplaces which would form the backbone of the Envato Market business segment. The new business was financed by a combination of credit card debt, loans from family members and income earned from freelance work. Their first office was located in Cyan’s parents’ basement garage.

In 2007, Collis’ brother Vahid joined as the fourth owner of the firm. It was around this time that Envato launched PsdTuts+, a Photoshop tutorial website, and FreelanceSwitch, a blog about freelancing. In 2008, the company launched two additional online marketplaces; ThemeForest, for web templates and themes and AudioJungle, for stock music and audio.

The same year, Collis and Cyan fulfilled a lifelong dream to work and travel by moving to Hong Kong to work remotely. This was also the first year they started paying themselves a salary. Envato saw further expansion in 2009, with the launch of VideoHive, a marketplace for motion graphics and GraphicRiver, a marketplace for stock graphics. By 2010, the company had expanded to substantially, with four staff in Melbourne and ten staff working remotely. The same year also saw the company launch CodeCanyon, a marketplace for scripts and plugins. Rapid growth compelled Collis and Cyan to return to Melbourne in 2010.

The years 2011 to 2014 saw continued expansion with the launch of the PhotoDune and 3dOcean marketplaces. 2013 saw the launch of Microlancer, which would later be rebranded as Envato Studio. By 2014, Envato Market had become one of the top 100 most visited websites in the world, according to the Alexa rankings. In 2014, Envato was also named “Australia’s Coolest Tech Company” by JobAdvisor.

Envato continued to expand through 2015 and 2016, with the launch of Envato Sites and Envato Elements, a web design tool. The company currently has 250 employees, 6 million members on its sites and earnings of $215 million.

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