BUSINESS WIRE -— 99designs.com, the #1 marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design for small businesses, today announced that former Logoworks Executive Vice President and significant shareholder, Jeff Kearl, has joined the 99designs advisory board. Kearl, now an angel investor, brings invaluable direct experience in the small business graphic design market and will provide strategic leadership across a range of business issues.
“With its unique crowdsourcing model, 99designs is again reshaping the graphic design landscape,” said Jeff Kearl. “In a very short time 99designs has achieved amazing growth, servicing over 30,000 small business customers and cultivating a design community of over 140,000 members. I look forward to sharing my insights and knowledge to help 99designs develop it business further and reach even greater heights.”
In addition to playing a key role in the growth of Logoworks, Jeff Kearl was integral in selling Logoworks to HP in 2007, where he later served as the Director of Strategy and New Ventures for HP. Jeff has made angel investments in 16 companies, including Omniture (sold to Adobe for $1.8B), MyFamily.com (sold to Spectrum Equity for $300M), Coupa, Outright, FamilyLink, Zenprint, and now 99designs.com.
“We are truly excited to have someone of Jeff’s caliber and experience join 99designs,” said Mark Harbottle, founder of 99designs.com. “It gives us great pride to have of one of the earliest innovators in the online design services space join the team. We look forward to Jeff’s strategic input as we continue to provide a unique platform for professional graphic design services at an affordable price, and create opportunity for designers across the globe.”
99designs is the largest marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design, connecting passionate designers from around the globe with savvy clients who need design projects completed in a timely fashion without the usual risk or cost associated with professional design services. It has held over 28,000 design contests to date with over 2,600,000 unique designs submitted. For more information please visit: 99designs.com.