Melanie Perkins THEN:

Eight million people had used her company Canva’s free webbased app to design everything from Pinterest graphics to restaurant menus. The Australiab­ased startup was valued at $165 million.


Canva raised $200 million in new funding in September at a $40 billion valuation. Still CEO, Perkins and her cofounder husband, Cliff Obrecht, both billionair­es, plan to give away 30% of their estimated combined 36% stake.

Vlad Tenev THEN:

With fellow Stanford undergrad Baiju Bhatt, Tenev launched nofee stock trading app Robinhood in 2013, with the platform’s nocommissi­on trading model revolution­izing the brokerage industry. When the cofounders debuted on the Under 30, the startup was valued at $250 million.


Robinhood, which boasts over 22 million accounts, went public in July and now has a market cap of $25 billion. Tenev, who is CEO, and Bhatt, the company’s chief creative officer, are both billionair­es.

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