President & CEO
Patrick Llewellyn joined 99designs, the world's largest graphic design marketplace, in 2009. He previously spent a decade at Nextec Strategic Capital advising Australian technology and media companies with an expertise in growth and capital raising. In 2010 Patrick moved to San Francisco to open the 99designs U.S. office and oversee U.S. and international expansion. He was officially appointed CEO in January 2011, and quickly guided 99designs to a $35 million first-round capital investment led by Accel Partners (Facebook, Dropbox, Etsy), followed by a $10 million Series B led by Recruit Holdings in 2015. Llewellyn has since launched 99designs' European headquarters in Berlin as well as localized-language sites across Europe and Latin America. He has grown the company from a handful of staff to 125 in Oakland, Melbourne, Berlin, and Rio de Janeiro. As of March 2016, 99designs has hosted almost a half million design contests and paid out more than $145 million to its community of designers around the world.
Areas of experience
Hiring, Team and Culture development, Fundraising.
What's the one thing you wish you had known before moving to the US?
California isn't low tax rate, and the Bay Area is complicated legally for businesses once you are over 50 people. On a personal note, personal credit doesn't transfer, and interest on your primary residence is a tax deduction.