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Canva acquires background removal specialists Kaleido

Kaleido, makers of a drag-and-drop background removal service for images and video, have been acquired by up and coming digital design platform Canva. While the price and terms are not disclosed, it is speculated that this young company may have fetched nearly nine figures. It’s the right product at the right time, seemingly. In 2019, the Vienna-based Kaleido made remove.bg, a quick, simple, free, and good-enough background removal tool for images. It became a hit among the many people who need ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Vienna, M&a, Canva, Exit, Die Presse, Kaleido, Unscreen, Kaleido Benjamin Groessing, Der Brutkasten


Need a headshot update? Here’s how to DIY in your living room

Professional photographs are great, but sometimes, there's the issue of budget, time and nowadays, COVID-19. Luckily, you can still take superb headshots right in your own home. Here's how.
Tags: Photos, Photography, Marketing, Service, Radio, Agent, Canva, Select, Headshot, Lensa, Rachael Hite


A quick guide to WordPress, the free-to-use website builder that powers some of the web's most popular sites

WordPress' easy-to-use format makes it a popular choice for many non-coders. Gil C/Shutterstock.com WordPress is a free-to-use content management system (CMS) that can help you build a website with minimal technical knowledge. WordPress has a wealth of features that allow users to make a wide variety of websites for different purposes. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. WordPress is a popular open-source content management system (CMS) that's free to use. It lets ...
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Census raises $16M Series A to help companies put their data warehouses to work

Census, a startup that helps businesses sync their customer data from their data warehouses to their various business tools like Salesforce and Marketo, today announced that it has raised a $16 million Series A round led by Sequoia Capital. Other participants in this round include Andreessen Horowitz, which led the company’s $4.3 million seed round last year, as well as several notable angles, including Figma CEO Dylan Field, GitHub CTO Jason Warner, Notion COO Akshay Kothari and Rippling CEO P...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Tech, Information, Ceo, Information Technology, Computing, Andreessen Horowitz, Salesforce, Sequoia Capital, Canva, Github, Warehouse, Parker Conrad


Make Your Blog Funnier With These Free Meme Generators

Let’s face it, free meme generators can make a huge difference in content. If you want to insert bits of humor and comedy into your blog, memes can be the best way to do so. Memes offer straight to the point punchlines, one-liner jokes, and humor that many people can relate to. The one-liner jokes usually work because the underlying premises of popular memes are already familiar to readers. On top of that, many people prefer image-rich over text-heavy content. There are a great number of free me...
Tags: Advertising, Features, Memes, Canva, Meme, Tool, Image Sharing, Blog Tools, Canva Meme Generator Canva, Imgur Memegen Imgur


How fintech and serial founders drove African pre-seed investing to new heights in 2020

When Stripe-subsidiary Paystack raised its seed round of $1.3 million in 2016, it was one of the largest disclosed rounds at that stage in Nigeria.  At the time, seven-figure seed investments in African startups were a rarity. But over the years, those same seed-stage rounds have become more common, with some very early-stage startups even raising eight-figure sums. Nigerian fintech startup, Kuda, which bagged $10 million last year, comes to mind, for example. Also notable amidst the growth...
Tags: Startups, TC, Funding, Nigeria, Africa, Digital, Tech, Egypt, Canva, Fintech, Nelson, Visa, Vod, Yusuf, Njoku, Pexels


Here’s the real estate tech worth knowing in 2021

In Thursday's new tech brainstorm workshop at Connect Now, moderators Joff Lobb and Kenny Truong led a discussion that balanced the best of today's tech tools with some unique, off-market creative solutions.
Tags: Mobile, Technology, Opinion, Marketing, Events, Smartphones, Radio, Canva, Slack, Trello, Asana, SISU, Mixmax, Select, News Brief, Real Estate Technology


What is ComiXology? Everything you need to know about Amazon's digital comics platform

ComiXology is a leading digital comics, graphic novels, and manga distributor owned by Amazon. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images ComiXology is a cloud-based digital comic distributor featuring more than 75,000 comics from major publishers like DC, Marvel, Image, BOOM, IDW, and more. ComiXology has a two-tier subscription model, including a free option and an Unlimited level costing $5.99 a month following a 60-day trial.  You can read comics through ComiXology on multiple devices, inclu...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Trends, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, United States, Amazon Kindle, Android Apps, Canva, Subscription Services, CBZ, IDW, Tech Insider, Comixology, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference


Stay Afloat: Reduce Monthly Expenses Using These Tips

Everyone can benefit from spending a little less each month. If you reduce monthly expenses you’ll be able to save more. Most Americans have relatively little personal savings. Part of this problem can be attributed to rises in the cost of the living without appreciable increases in wages over time. While having to operate on a tight budget is unavoidable for many people, it’s still important that you factor savings into your monthly spending. Even individuals who have some considerable room to...
Tags: Business, Economy, Canva, Karolina Grabowska, Pexels


How to Update Your Presentation Media with Fresh Backgrounds

Is your presentation media in need of an update? One of the major mistakes presenters make is not giving enough attention to the look of their presentation media. For some, it becomes an afterthought, thrown together hastily right before the presentation. Others use the same slides,  templates, or backgrounds they’ve been using for years. Either way, the slides could use an overhaul. But where to start? One of the easiest ways to freshen up your presentation media is to change the backgrounds yo...
Tags: Canva, Speaking, Morgan Harper Nichols, Practice Co


Get creative with Chromebooks

When inspiration strikes, you can turn to Chromebook to get creative. To help you get started on artistic hobbies, we’re explaining how simple it is to draw, edit photos, make movies, animate and design on Chromebook—thanks to creativity apps and new Perks. We’re also showcasing new built-in wallpapers that were designed by professional artists using a Chromebook and stylus. Plus, recent software updates for Chromebook styluses make writing or drawing feel like you're putting real pen to paper. ...
Tags: Google, Chromebook, Netherlands, Canva, Chromebooks, Picasso, Rick, Clipchamp, Alexander Kuscher, WeVideo, Chromebooks Kickstart, Chromebook for Chromebook Chromebooks, Rick Berkelmans, Chromebook Rick


How to Create a Blog to Promote Your Services

Every blog has a goal – even if you don’t define it before you start blogging. Find out how to use a blog to promote your services below. Deciding what your goal will be in advance is a much more efficient and effective method for ensuring your work will pay off. Before you choose and register a domain name or sign up for hosting, first determine your goal and what to write. How to Get a Blog It is far easier today to start a blog by yourself than it was when I found a web designer to create ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Canva, Bing, Neil, Neil Patel, Andy Crestodina, Blogging Best Practices, Sell Services, Search Engine Optimization SEO Email, PPC Coaching Virtual Assistance VA Influencer, Twitter Pinterest Mix Tumblr, Dmitry Rodionov


8 Proven Success Tips for Beginner YouTubers

Video content is taking over the digital space and it is estimated that an average person will spend 100 minutes every day watching this type of content by 2021. That is why video blogging isn’t just fun, it is now a business! Talking of vlogging and YouTube is the first site that comes to mind. It is one of the most-visited sites on the web with an estimated monthly traffic of over 1.6 billion visits. So, are you interested in starting out your vlogging career on YouTube? It is quite easy to g...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Marketing, Canva, Facebook Instagram, YouTube First, Marketing & Social, YouTube Invest


What is Patreon? Everything you need to know about the subscription service for content creators

Patreon is a subscription platform for content creators that connects their fans directly to their work for a monthly fee. SrdjanPav/Getty Images Patreon lets people financially support and reward content creators — such as podcasters, writers, and YouTubers — through a monthly subscription.  Creators can set up multiple membership tiers with various rewards so each subscriber can choose the amount of money they feel most comfortable giving to a project. The Patreon website includes tools ...
Tags: Trends, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Canva, Patreon, Content Creation, Subscription Service, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, SrdjanPav Getty Images Patreon


Creating Presentation Backgrounds With Your Phone

We’ve all seen the tired PowerPoint backgrounds that are overused or outdated. They are a dime-a-dozen.  But when you present, you don’t want your presentation to look like everyone else’s; you want it to stand out. And that starts with the foundation of creating a great background. Design giant Canva says, “The background you choose can dramatically change your design and make your graphics feel complete.” But you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy stock or professional photos. With just a sm...
Tags: Photography, Instagram, Powerpoint, Canva, Background, Filters, Speaking, Backdrop, Visual Communication, Presentation Fun Facts, Visual Aid, Presentation Media, Presentation Graphics, Taya Ivanova


Here’s how fast a few dozen startups grew in Q3 2020

Earlier this week I asked startups to share their Q3 growth metrics and whether they were performing ahead of behind of their yearly goals. Lots of companies responded. More than I could have anticipated, frankly. Instead of merely giving me a few data points to learn from, The Exchange wound up collecting sheafs of interesting data from upstart companies with big Q3 performance. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsle...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Digital, Tech, Remote Work, Fertility, SaaS, Andreessen Horowitz, Canva, PPP, TechCrunch, Cowboy Ventures, Exchange, Bluevine, Don


What is Canva? A guide to the graphic design platform's features and capabilities

It's easy to create beautifully edited designs and photos on Canva. andresr/Getty Images Canva is a free graphic design platform that's great for making invitations, business cards, Instagram posts, and more. A drag and drop interface makes customizing thousands of templates simple and easy. Canva's wide array of features allow you to edit photos without extensive photo editing knowledge or experience. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Canva is a free gr...
Tags: Instagram, Trends, Graphic Design, Canva, Canva Canva, Tech Insider, Photo Editing Apps, Canva for Education, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Getty Images Canva


How to curve text in Canva's graphic design software using built-in tools

The text, shape, and locking tools in Canva can help you create the curved text effect. Westend61/Getty Images There are no preset tools to curve text automatically in Canva graphic design software.  To curve text in Canva, you'll need to use a workaround involving shape and text tools coupled with careful placement. You can use your keyboard's arrow keys to help you make more precise placements when creating your curved or circular text.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library fo...
Tags: Images, Microsoft, Text, Trends, Graphic Design, Canva, Computer Software, Photo Editing, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Melanie Weir, Click Group


24 Tools and Services We Use To Run Our Online Business

There comes a time in your business where using the free tools and services won’t give you the leverage you need to grow your business. Investing in your online business. It’s what allows you to scale and grow your income. But how do you know what to invest in? Invest and grow It’s difficult to decide where to put your money and what you can trust in. You want to look for maximum leverage. What will give you more time to use your true gifts and talents to grow your income? ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Microsoft, US, Samsung, Google Docs, Canva, Skype, Canon, Camtasia, Craig, Blogging Tips, North Cascades National Park


'Digital transformation' took on a whole new meaning when entire companies started working from home

Office life in 2020, as represented by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art staff. National Museum of African Art Digital transformation has long been the goal for companies wanting to stay competitive, particularly as applications of artificial intelligence (AI) have proliferated.  Enterprise technology entered a whole new phase unexpectedly with the global pandemic, leading to a proliferation of working-from-home solutions. AI continues to underpin enterprise tech...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Europe, Enterprise, Microsoft, Okta, Trends, Silicon Valley, Ai, Salesforce, Canva, Taylor, Michelle Zatlyn, Semiconductors, ASML, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art


Unsplash WordPress Plugin Review

If you’ve never heard of Unsplash, you may have been living under a rock (pardon me for saying so), it’s one of the biggest online stock image sites going, offering access to over 1 million free high-resolution images. Whenever you wanted to use an image from Unsplash, you’d have to visit the website, search for an image you like, download, resize, compress and upload it. It was a pain. Well, a significant change has happened. The Unsplash WordPress Plugin Unsplash has launched a WordPress...
Tags: Facebook, Photography, News, Wordpress, Canva, Matt Mullenweg, Gutenberg, Unsplash, Sarah Gooding, Unsplash WordPress Plugin Review, Unsplash WordPress Plugin Unsplash, Unsplash WordPress, Pablo Gentile, Unsplash CDN


This pitch deck helped Australian tech unicorn Canva on its journey to a massive $6 billion valuation

Australian design unicorn Canva recently raised $60 million in fundraising – doubling its valuation to a massive $6 billion.  The Sydney-based startup – known as the design platform for non-designers – boasts more than 30 million users in businesses and schools around the world.  Canva has faced skepticism from some investors who want to see the profit margins to accompany its ballooning valuation. We got an exclusive look at the first pitch deck Canva used on the road to becoming a tech unico...
Tags: Trends, Sydney, Canva, General Catalyst, Australian Financial Review, Steve Johnson, Sequoia Capital Bond


Cricut Craft – DIY Western Boot Wedding Fan & Program

When you plan a Texas wedding in July, you better have a little something to help your guests cool off because it’s the hottest time of the year!  These DIY wedding fans are, not only super cute but functional as well since they also double as a wedding program.  Using the , I created a rustic/western fan that has imagery on one side and the wedding program on the other. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not crafty at all but when the wedding budget is tight, you do what you can to make i...
Tags: Texas, Diy, Blogging, Wedding, Canva, Rustic, Diy & Crafts, DIY Wedding, Cricut, Cricut Crafts


Extra Crunch Partner Perk: Members save 20% on Canva Pro

We’re excited to announce an update to an existing Partner Perk from design platform Canva . Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off an annual plan for Canva Pro. Canva empowers users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast library of templates and design ingredients such as fonts, illustrations, stock photography, video and audio content, and the power t...
Tags: Google, TC, Design, Tech, Canva, Extra Crunch, Canva Pro


Extra Crunch members get 20% off an annual Canva Pro plan

Extra Crunch is excited to announce an update to our Partner Perk from design and publishing platform Canva. Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off an annual Canva Pro plan. You must be new to Canva to claim this offer, and reside in the U.S., Canada or U.K.  Canva empowers users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast library of templates and design in...
Tags: Google, TC, Tech, Canada, Aws, Canva, U K Canva


Employee Engagement Solutions, Safety Signage and More Tools and Resources

COVID-19 Business Update   Tools & Resources Safety Signage As businesses reopen and businesses, there is now a heavy focus on safety, hygiene, and distancing protocols. A great way to deliver those messages is with eye-catching and affordable COVID-19 safety signage from Indiesigns. The colorful, upbeat signage follows the latest safety regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and are designed by independent artists. They can be customized to include logos, company language and ti...
Tags: Business, UK, France, Management, Gartner, Canva, PPP, Sap, Alignable, Gallup, Right Now, Small Business Administration, Centers for Disease Control, SMB, O'Keefe, IVR


Dan Doyle Pleasantville NY Shares Easy Ways to Create Eye-Catching Blog Graphics

First impressions are important, especially in business. Customers know within a few seconds if your company offers what they want and need, whether they come into contact via social media, your website, or your blog posts. The good news is that business owners have the means to control those thoughts. By simply adding outstanding graphics to blog posts and content, customers gain a positive impression and want to do business with your company. If driving more traffic back to your site is import...
Tags: New York, Sales, Customers, Canva, Facebook Twitter, Dan Doyle, Blog & Grow, Pleasantville New York, Blog Graphics, Daniel Doyle


Presentation Design: What are Kerning and Tracking?

In our most recent blogs, we’ve been working to increase our design vocabulary and knowledge. This way, we can elevate our presentation design, making our visuals strong and memorable by learning some of the tools of the trade. Earlier in the week, we talked about the design term leading (rhymes with “sledding”). Basically, it’s the spacing between lines of text. Today, we’ll be covering two more design terms you’ll want to be familiar with: kerning and tracking. Kerning Design company Elegant...
Tags: Canva, Speaking


Canva Selects OMD as First U.S. Media Agency of Record

Graphic design platform Canva has appointed Omnicom Media Group's OMD, Adweek's 2019 Global Media Agency of the Year, as its first U.S. media agency of record. It's also the first time the brand has worked with an outside media agency. "The U.S. has always been one of our most creative markets so it was an...
Tags: Advertising, Accounts, Canva, Omd, Omnicom Media Group, First U S Media Agency of Record, OMD Adweek


Meet the 17 advertising and marketing startups that investors are betting on this year, even as the pandemic crushes the ad industry

Business Insider asked 11 investors and VCs which advertising and marketing companies they think are poised to take off this year, despite the major hit the industry took from the coronavirus. Their picks, including ones they haven't invested in, span startups like Narrative that are using software to manage and collect data, programmatic advertising firm Beeswax, and design software Canva. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The economic downturn wrought by the coronavirus ha...
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