Ep 2. Cyan Ta’eed. talking how to disrupt an industry, and women in tech.

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Ep 2. Cyan Ta’eed. talking how to disrupt an industry, and women in tech.

My guest today is Cyan Ta’eed, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato. Cyan is passionate about women in tech.

Founded in 2006 in Cyan’s parent’s garage. Envato is a creative eco-system, encompassing the largest digital marketplace in the world. Its 6 million members buy and sell digital stock and services. Envato has delivered over $400 million dollars of earnings to their community of creatives so far. Cyan is the 2015 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year. And Envato was awarded Job Advisor’s Coolest Company for Women 2015.

Cyan Ta’eed is one of the most sought-after women on the speaker circuit, especially for women in tech and entrepreneurial events. She is determined to say “yes” to as many invitations as possible, even though she has fear, and suffers from impostor syndrome.

Cyan is passionate about getting more women into tech. Women need to see examples of women doing this stuff, and Cyan want to help and lead the way.

Shortly after launching Envato, Cyan and her husband were travelling. They purposely established the business so it could run from anywhere with internet connection.

Cyan and her husband travelled for 18 months while building the business. When they returned home, they had an office in Melbourne and many full-time staff, including developers.

Cyan is a big advocate for workplace flexibility, job sharing and diversity, they all form part of the Envato values. Cyan tells us how they ensure the entire team lives these values.

Cyan is also the founder of New Day Box, an initiative that mobilises the community to make boxes of skincare and cosmetics for women in domestic violence crisis accommodation. Last year New Day Box distributed over 2500 boxes to women around Victoria. Cyan shares the story of where it all began.

Cyan is a Mum to two beautiful boys, and she shares with us her tips on juggling being a Mum and running a multi-million business.

Cyan is an amazing woman.

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Caroline Kennedy

I am a Mum, business founder, author and accomplished CEO with over 20 years’ experience in the corporate world. My childhood dream was to become a fighter pilot, but when that didn’t materialise, I found my place in the corporate world, climbing the sales and marketing ladder to my role as CEO of Cox & Kings Australia. I'm the founder of Empowering Ambitious Women, I've led start-ups to companies with annual revenues from $55 million to more than $250 million. My role as CEO of Australia’s leading franchise network of professional builders saw me as a pioneer in the industry; as a female CEO leading a large franchise home building company. I was formally recognised twice by the Telstra Business Women's Awards my achievements in business. As a woman who became one of the 16% of female CEOs, and who has led in male-dominated industries, I’m passionate about creating pathways for women leaders to step up, take a seat at the table and own it. I love; French champagne, socialising, dining out and having an impact...

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