Llewellyn’s company makes it easier for designers and clients to find each other, but he doesn’t think design will ever be totally done by computers.
On the latest episode of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, Kara talked with Patrick Llewellyn, the CEO of Australian startup 99designs, which connects designers with clients around the world. Although the company initially thought of itself as a marketplace, Llewellyn explained why it now has to think of itself as a “platform.”
“We’ve had to become a payments company, a community company and a support company as well as online collaboration and e-commerce,” Llewellyn said. “We are a marketplace, but we think it’s much more sophisticated than just bringing people together to transact. We’re actually providing, as we’ve said, all of those tools. We’re also thinking about what’s our place in the broader ecosystem.”
Below, we’ve shared a lightly edited full transcript of Kara’s conversation with Patrick.