For Patrick Llewellyn, CEO and president of the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace, 99designs, being an Australian in Silicon Valley has helped him get ahead.
99designs, launched in Melbourne in 2008 by Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz, has had a base in San Francisco since 2010. Outside the U.S. and Australia, the company maintains offices in Germany and Brazil and will soon make a foray into Japan with the support of Silicon Valley-based Japanese venture capital firm, Recruit Strategic Partners
The VC firm recently led a new round of funding for 99designs, raising US$10 million (almost A$13 million), which Llewellyn sees as a boost for the company’s ambitions in Japan, and as a stepping stone into Asia. …
Via: Mashable: Startups