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E-commerce network co-founder crowned Victoria’s top business woman

Thursday, 26 Nov 2015

This article first appeared on the Telstra Business Women's Award website. You can view the full article by clicking here.

A young Melbourne mother who has helped millions around the world share their creative products and services online has been crowned the 2015 Telstra Victoria Business Woman of the Year.

Cyan Ta’eed is co-founder of Envato, an online platform she describes as an eco-system of websites to help people get creative. A graphic designer by trade, she originally founded the site at age 25 with her husband and close friend in order to give them the freedom to travel the world while earning a living.

Now based in Melbourne, Envato has five and a half million members worldwide, 180 staff working in its headquarters, and has distributed an impressive US$300 million to its freelance sellers. According to Ms Ta’eed, Envato’s most successful site, ThemeForest, is currently ranked as the 88th most trafficked website in the world.

Ms Ta’eed also won the Entrepreneur Award at the 21st annual Telstra Victoria Business Women’s Awards at Crown Melbourne tonight.

Passionate about company culture, Ms Ta’eed is a believer of setting goals with meaningful purpose and providing her team with the transparency, trust, empathy and opportunity to experiment.

“We have a real culture of ‘work with purpose’ at Envato, so I encourage people to make the right decision, as opposed to the profitable decision,” she said.

“As a woman leading, I hope to also encourage other women to aim for positions of leadership. Technology in particular needs more women in leadership to make real cultural change.”...Read more

ACS would like to congratulate Cyan Ta'eed on all her achievements thus far.