Sunday, July 26, 2020


Design Software Canva was in news recently as it hit $6 billion valuation. The roots of Canva were set in 2007 when it's CEO Melanie Perkins was studying at the University. She also taught students how to use programs such as InDesign and Photoshop. She got an insight that — people are finding these programs hard to learn & use and that eventually led her to build Canva.

The identity/access management company Okta also has it's roots setup in 2008 economic recession when it's CEO Todd McKinnon left his job at Salesforce to setup Okta because he believed that software is going through the biggest shift he will see in his career. Okta is ~$15 billion company now.

What made these founders beat the odds even during a big recession time ?

The answer to this lies in Sundar Pichai's recent commencement speech to 2020 graduates. ( My #sketchnote below

In this speech delivered in his unassuming style, he asks the graduates to simply Be #hopeful, Be impatient and Be open. He says:

"There are probably things about technology that frustrate you and make you impatient. Don’t lose that impatience. It will create the next technology revolution."

What would you advice the #graduates passing out in these challenging times ?

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