Saturday, December 3, 2022

Canva hits 100 million monthly active users after launching Visual Worksuite

Canva, the global visual communications platform, announced that more than 100 million people in 190 countries across the globe are using its platform every month. The surge in growth follows the recent launch of Canva’s Visual Worksuite, with the platform gaining more than 15 million additional monthly active users as teams, schools and workplaces embrace the ability to communicate visually, on any device, from anywhere in the world.

Amanda Holmes named on CRN’s 2022 Women of the Channel List

The CRN Women of the Channel list honors exceptional women for their strategic vision, thought leadership and channel advocacy that impacts growth and innovation in the channel. The annual CRN Women of the Channel list is the official guide to the top female leaders across all corners of the IT channel - including vendors, distributors, and solution providers whose vision, expertise and contributions make an impact on the industry every day.

Gene delivery tech VectorBuilder wins first prize at major global competition

VectorBuilder Inc. – a global player in gene delivery tech – announced that its R&D and manufacturing center in Guangzhou won championship in the 7th “Chuangke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Competition” held in Hangzhou, China. This competitive contest is one of the largest in China, covering growth-stage enterprises across all high-tech industries including green energy, new materials, AI, IT, smart manufacturing, biotechnology, etc.

Cleantech water developer Gradiant recognized for environmental impact

Gradiant, a solutions provider and developer for cleantech water, was named 7th in the Real Leaders ECO Innovation Awards 2022 for firms creating positive environmental impact, and received a Great Place to Work award for its Singapore headquarters and Global Tech Labs. The Real Leaders ECO Innovation award honors global companies applying innovative environmental solutions for the greater good. It is an annual global ranking of companies that drive environmental impact in all major sectors of the economy. Gradiant ranked 7th in the world for its proprietary Carrier Gas Extraction (CGE) technology that was used to deliver sustainable water solutions for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical brand owner in Singapore.

Space Machines readies for liftoff, closes SpaceX launch services deal

Space Machines Company (SMC), the Australian in-space transportation and logistics startup, announced it has secured the support of SpaceX as a launch partner to carry its Optimus Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) to space as part of its April 2023 mission. SMC's Optimus OTV is one of the largest commercial spacecraft designed and manufactured in Australia. It is a testament to the innovation of Australia's space tech sector and the capability being built by SMC. The 2023 mission will demonstrate the 270 kg Optimus OTV’s ability to deliver in-space logistics services and will reinforce SMC’s strategy as a last-mile delivery services provider. The 2023 mission will also see SMC deploy solutions for foundation customers.

Winners of the fourth Australian Business Book Awards announced

‘Money with Jess’ by Jess Irvine has won Business Book of the Year at the fourth Smart WFM Australian Business Book Awards. The Awards were presented in a virtual ceremony held on 22nd November and saw more than $12,000 donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The awards were founded by bestselling business author Andrew Griffiths and publishing expert Michael Hanrahan. They enable non-fiction business authors to share wisdom with colleagues and public. The Awards donate all profits to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which invests in more than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remote communities to provide tools and resources to shape the direction of their children’s literacy future.

Zoho Corp announces milestone growth for its platform Zoho One

Zoho Corporation, a global technology company, announced that Zoho One has achieved a new milestone, now supporting 50,000 firms across more than 160 countries. Over the past two years alone, the platform has grown 150%, with 37.5% of new Zoho One customers coming from mid-market and enterprise businesses. Licence upgrades by customers who adopted Zoho One five years ago have increased 92%, contributing to this milestone growth.

Winners of the ninth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards announced

Winners in the ninth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the awards that recognize innovation in business throughout the entire APAC region, have been announced. The list of Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners is available at

Board customer KPMG wins Ventana Research Digital Leadership Award

Board, the global provider of Intelligent Planning Solutions which help firms plan smarter, announced that its customer KPMG has won the 2022 Ventana Research Digital Leadership Award for the Office of Revenue category using Board’s Intelligent Planning for Finance. The Ventana Research Digital Leadership awards recognize organizations and individuals who utilize technology to advance business and IT. The 15th Annual Digital Leadership Awards showcase the leadership and use of business applications or technology that contribute significantly to the improved efficiency, productivity, and performance of the organization.

Data solutions firm ASA hires 100th employee, expands to Melbourne

Australian Spatial Analytics (ASA), a data solutions not-for-profit social enterprise employing young autistic and neurodiverse adults, announced significant growth and expansion plans, including the hiring of its 100th employee and the opening of a new Melbourne office. Trading since January 2021, 80% of ASA’s workforce today live with a disability, namely autism spectrum disorder and ADHD, and 85% are under 30 years old. Before working at Australian Spatial Analytics (ASA), most were long-term unemployed and almost half are in their first job. Currently, ASA’s employees are working a combined 6,500 hours per month at award wages, resulting in over $250,000 in wages being paid to staff each month.