Five Years of Envato

by posted in Milestones
Aug 30
2011

It’s kinda crazy to think, but our little internet startup, Envato, has been on the air now for five years. We started back in 2006 as four very enthusiastic and totally green entrepreneurs with a shoestring budget and a love of the web. Fast forward five years and while we’re hopefully a little less green, we’re still incredibly passionate about Education, Marketplaces and the web! It’s been an amazing time and we’d like to share a look inside our Melbourne HQ offices, some stats about Envato and a big thank you to the community.

Behind the Scenes

With such a big milestone, we thought it might be good to give an inside glimpse into our Melbourne HQ offices and some of the people that work here. So we invited a Melbourne film crew called Compulsive to come in and shoot a 3 minute video about Envato. I hope you enjoy it!

As you may know, we also have a large remote team working around the globe on our sites. Next year we’re hoping to gather all of Envato and as much of the community as possible for an epic meetup, but in the meantime if you’re curious to see who’s who, you can check out this little video from our remote staff meetup last year in Chicago.

Some Stats

Looking back at five years of exciting and sometimes exhausting Envato work, I put together some stats about Envato from our time online so far. In five years we have:

  • Published over 10,000 tutorials and articles helping people learn everything from Photoshop to Freelancing
  • Hosted over 300,000 items for sale on our marketplaces from WordPress themes to Stock Photos
  • Showcased over 12,000 items of inspirational design, photography and a host of other creative mediums on Creattica
  • Listed over 8,000 jobs on our freelance job board
  • Reviewed and rounded up over 3,000 apps on our AppStorm network
  • Launched 9 marketplaces, 11 tutorial sites, 9 blogs, 18 books, 7 bundles, 4 Regular Podcasts, and more social media accounts than you can poke a stick at
  • Accumulated close to 1 million RSS subscribers and twitter followers
  • Signed up almost 1 million marketplace members, 90,000 Creattica members, 50,000 FreelanceSwitch members, and 40,000 Tuts+ Premium subscribers
  • Served up well over 1.5 billion pageviews across all our sites since inception

Holy toledo batman!!

Thank You

I can’t say thank you enough to all of you for supporting Envato all these years. Whether you are long-time user of the Marketplaces, Tuts+, AppStorm, FreelanceSwitch or Creattica, or just a casual visitor, we’re really proud that you stop in and use our sites. If you’re one of the thousands of contributors, authors, writers, and subscribers, we’re honored and humbled that you have helped us build this company and filled these sites with such amazing content. And regardless of who you are, we hope that we can continue to provide value and service to you for many more years to come!

On behalf of the whole team, thank you all!
Collis
CEO, Chief Tea Drinker and Web Designer Who Doesn’t Get to Design Anymore
Envato

P.S. If you’re not all video’d out, you can check out this video of one of our early Envato staff

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Hi, I'm Collis and I work at Envato!
  1. Emil Nikov on the 30th August

    Happy 5 years, Envato! You have changed many lives.

    Great video, love to see how you guys work.

    Here’s to 5 more! :)

  2. Siddharth on the 30th August

    Yay, Envato!

  3. klefue on the 30th August

    thank you envato :)

  4. Lasha Krikheli on the 30th August

    You guys are absolutely amazing. I’ve been a huge fan ever since the beginning, and will continue to be so forever. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to bringing forth your best, and giving us priceless knowledge that we’ll take with us wherever we go!

  5. Bilal Khettab on the 30th August

    Wonderful job you did :) Congratulations
    My Best

  6. Misel D. on the 30th August

    Amazing, nice speech Naysan

  7. Matthew Guay on the 30th August

    Amazing! The video was awesome, and I’m proud to be part of the remote team. Here’s to an awesome next 5 years for Envato and the whole community!

  8. Adrian Try on the 30th August

    What a whirlwind five years. I’ve been with Envato for half its life! Loved the video.

  9. Rayz Ong on the 30th August

    Awesome video :D Hope to work in Envato too :D

  10. soniccube on the 30th August

    I REALY love your office atmosphere in the Melbourne HQ.
    If i ever had the chance to work there, that would be amazing. I’ve been in Australia for 12months, and it would be a dream to live there :)

  11. sike on the 30th August

    You guys rocks, the workspace is cool!

  12. Rob Lewis on the 30th August

    Keep up the good work lads and ladies!

  13. Badhon Ebrahim on the 30th August

    Amazing job..
    love the video.
    well done and thank you to Collis , who has made this awesome community and a big thanks to all of the stuffs who has worked tremendously hard to make this community work..
    really appreciated.

  14. klefue on the 30th August

    let me work there :)
    all the best

  15. Sandip on the 30th August

    awesome :)

  16. Marius Hogas on the 30th August

    Happy 5 years and lots more ahead!!

    In just 7 months you have (seriously) changed my life and helped me! I’m grateful to you guys!!

    Best of the best for you!

  17. Monika on the 30th August

    Awesome five years! I hope the next five years will be amazing too. Nice video, by the way :)

  18. Japh on the 30th August

    Happy 5th Birthday, Envato! :D

  19. Mabuc on the 30th August

    awesome video.. very inspiring!

  20. Fahmid on the 30th August

    Great! I just have these questions:

    1. Is Collis himself a developer or designer?
    2. When they first made activeden (i think thats the first site they developed), did only collis and his wife
    make it or he hired people to do it?

    Please clear my confusion!

    • Adrian Try on the 30th August

      Hi Fahmid.

      Both Collis and Cyan started as freelancers in the graphic design world. They even wrote a book about their experiences: How to be a Rockstar Freelancer.

      When they started FlashDen they hired a developer Ryan Allen to build the site. You can read more about that in this interview.

      I hope that helps!

  21. wattscreative on the 30th August

    Congratulations Collis & team, you guys totally rock and the future looks awesome!

  22. Leon Oscar Kidando on the 30th August

    Bravo! I’m Tanzanian and have been on psdtuts from almost day 1.
    From admiring and learing… to actually doing and participating. I finally made the cut on Creattica and hope to make many more amazing artwork, apps… etc.

    Awesome work. Regards to your team.

  23. Fahmid on the 30th August

    Thanks Adrian!

  24. Ivor on the 30th August

    Happy birthday Envato!!

  25. cudazi on the 30th August

    Happy 5 years, thank you and keep up the great work!

  26. Rafael Oliveira on the 30th August

    Great video :D

  27. flashedge on the 30th August

    Congrats to all the Envato Staff, keep up the fantastic work. I wish I could join your team one day. :)

  28. Kreativ Theme on the 30th August

    Congrats! When did these 5 years passed … :O It was like yesterday that I signed up on Audio Jungle … Keep up the great work !

  29. Rodrigo on the 30th August

    Congrats !

  30. Christina on the 30th August

    Thank you Envato and Congrats on the 5 yr anniversary! I’m a big fan!

  31. Tim McMorris on the 30th August

    Thanks everyone at Envato – and Collis and Cyan!

    You guys have really accomplished an amazing feat! You have awesome vision and have gathered very talented people needed to get it accomplished. Being an author has truly impacted my life in a great and positive way. Thanks for all you do.

    Tim McMorris

  32. Blueminded on the 30th August

    Wow, what an amazing work you’ve done over all these years guys. Congratulations.

  33. urbazon on the 30th August

    Happy birthday, Envato! It’s been a great two years for me on Marketplaces, I can only imagine your experience of five years! I can hardly wait to see what you planned for all of us in the (near and distant) future ;)

  34. Matt Webb on the 30th August

    Congratulations Envato Team!!! I am really loving everything Envato has been doing, Please keep up the amazing work.

  35. Richard on the 30th August

    Great video. Very inspiring. On September 1st. it is exactly 1 year since we launched our first plugin on Codecanyon. Best decision we ever made! Thank you Envato for providing this great opportunity.

  36. RightHere on the 30th August

    Congratulations Envato! Very inspiring video. On September 1st it is exactly 1 year since we launched our first WordPress plugin on Codecanyon. Best decision we ever made!

    Thank you for providing this great opportunity. Look forward to the next 5 years. ;)

  37. Jarel on the 30th August

    Happy birthday Envato! I’m so proud to be a part of such a great community and to have had the opportunity to contribute. I’m really looking forward to the next five years!

  38. Alex on the 30th August

    Happy B-day Envato!!!

  39. Josh Sprague on the 30th August

    That was a great video. Thanks Envato!

  40. Batfan on the 30th August

    Congrats you guys!

  41. Tommy M. on the 30th August

    Hopefully the next five years includes permanent 75% commission rates ;-) I would quit my day job and work full time with the marketplaces if Envato instituted this. I guarantee many others would too.

  42. Chris Molitor on the 30th August

    Yay, Envato!

    Thanks for all the amazing work you guys have done. At the risk of sounding dramatic, you quite literally have changed my life, and by extension, my wife and kid’s life. Keep up the great work.

    No pressure ;-p

  43. Patrik Larsson on the 30th August

    Happy birthday Envato! :D

    And happy aniversary for me, been a reviewer for GraphicRiver for 2 years now! It’s still as awesome as my first day! Love my job!

    Thank you Collis, Cyan and everyone else for giving me this opportunity!

  44. guitarjock on the 31st August

    I have only been an author for two months so far, but I have been around on this beautiful planet for sometime, and I know this: Envato is one of the most professional and polite companies I have ever had the pleasure of working with! Keep up the great work guys/gals!

  45. Brendan Falkowski on the 31st August

    Happy 5th anniversary Envato. After a brief chat with Collis nearly 18 months ago, I started a great side business on ThemeForest. It’s been a pleasure to give/receive feedback and watch the marketplaces evolve. Thanks for everything, cheers.

  46. Drew Douglass on the 31st August

    Working for Envato and with all of it’s employees has been such a blessing in my life. Happy Birthday Envato, here’s to many more years to come! :)

  47. Collis Ta'eed on the 31st August

    Wow, what a pleasure to read these comments!!

    This community rocks! :-)

    • Badhon Ebrahim on the 31st August

      u bet. :)
      we all are Proud of you sir.
      thank you, for everything.

  48. Michael Dobler on the 31st August

    Hi Collis,

    congrats to you and your team! Having established so well after 5 years in the online business you definitely deserve to retire the “startup” hat and put the “booming company” cap in front of the entrance hall of your HQ :-)

    Chapeau!

    Best from the other side of the world,
    Michael

  49. Corinne on the 31st August

    Congrats Collis, Cyan, Vahid, Jun and all the rest of the awesome Envato crew! Looking forward to your 10 year birthday!

  50. Rafal from FutureSight on the 31st August

    I love you guys and I love Envato :) all the best and congratulations! :)

    With love,

    Kasia & Rafal.

  51. Tyler Kraupp on the 31st August

    Congratulations on all of your success! We are extremely blessed to work with your marketplaces and other sites. You guys have figured it out!

    Thanks,
    Tyler

  52. Travis King on the 31st August

    I’ve been rolled!!

  53. Sreejesh @techgyo on the 31st August

    Congrats to Collis and Team! 5 years of incredible Envato!

    You guys are awesome, Envato powered thousands to learn and earn money from the knowledge you gave..

  54. Matthew Kammerer on the 2nd September

    Ah, awesome video! Happy birthday. Take a breather and enjoy some celebration time. You guys deserve it!

  55. Giallo on the 2nd September

    I really believe in Envato’s markets!! They are the future of selling multimedial contents!

  56. Catalin on the 3rd September

    You guys rock!!

  57. tungjacob on the 12th September

    I live well as a freelancer thanks to this great company. Thank you!

  58. Dominick on the 15th September

    Thanks for the great resources and community! Happy 5 years!

  59. psdtohtmlexperts on the 15th September

    You guys have always inspire many small groups like ours with the things you have been doing for 5 Years. We wish you alot more these kind of years coming…

    Thanks! You ROCKS!!

  60. Alexandra on the 15th September

    You have allowed me to save so much time for so many projects with your great wordpress templates, Flash and JavaScript files! Thank you.

  61. Chad Cantrell on the 15th September

    Great video guys. Love your contribution.

    I think it would be really cool to see some tech reviews. Exposing lesser known gems such as Concrete5 CMS/Framework.

    Chad

  62. Joao on the 15th September

    Congrats Envato!

    More than a user, I’m a fan :)

    I think the video was an awesome idea.

    Since people don’t have a face to face contact with you, I think making videos like this one is a great way to bring a more human touch to your relation with the community :)

    Cheers,
    Joao

  63. sKY:: on the 16th September

    A great story about your success. Working for Envato would be a dream job!! And I’d even move to Australia for that :)

  64. Darren Ryan on the 20th September

    Ye guys rock!!

  65. RockWeb on the 11th October

    I want Envato’s Logo on my tombstone.

  66. sivaraaj on the 2nd June

    HI ,

    Really i’m interested to work for envato, may i know how to join envato, if i get chance surely i ll my level best.

  67. PrIyAnGsHu on the 25th September

    You guys are just rocking over the web. Hats off to Envato :).

  68. Pawan on the 17th July

    Envato is really becoming my real Favorite. Thanks to you guys!.

  69. Vishal Verma on the 3rd September

    one of the best marketplace for blogger and webmasters

  70. JACOB on the 22nd September

    Thanks bro for sharing the usefull stuff with us.

    I Love envato and i love to work there.

    It is just outstanding.

  71. Arbaz Khan on the 8th October

    Envato has been the best network on the Internet.
    Really liked all the sites in your network and I always look up for some tutorials on them when I need some.
    Great work :)

  72. Matt on the 11th October

    You guys are awesome, Envato powered thousands to learn and earn money from the knowledge you gave. If I ever had the chance to work there, that would be amazing.

  73. Kishore on the 24th October

    It’s kinda crazy to think, but our little internet startup, Envato , has been on the air now for five years. We started back in 2006 as four very enthusiastic and totally green entrepreneurs with a shoestring budget and a love of the web.

  74. John on the 9th November

    Love your contribution guys. I think it would be really cool to see some tech reviews. Exposing lesser known gems such as Concrete5 CMS/Framework.

  75. Priyank on the 27th November

    Happy birthday Envato!
    Great community really.

  76. Maria on the 29th November

    Good going guys. Five years is a good time that envato is up !

  77. Chetan on the 24th December

    Happy Birthday Evanto.
    Great community really.

  78. Danny on the 16th February

    Amazing Video, hope coming years to give you guys much more appreciation…
    Best of luck

  79. Harsh on the 1st March

    Love your info guys. I think it could be nice to discover a number of support testimonials. Disclosing less popular gemstones including Concrete5 CMS/Framework.

  80. Samantha on the 22nd May

    I just love Envato network. You guys really shaped my career with all your tutorials. I am grateful

  81. Gautham on the 22nd May

    Congrats on your success. Your next birthday is coming up Envato. Keep up the good work

  82. Raj on the 7th June

    Envato is one of my favorite website. Congrats on your success guys!

  83. Kamal on the 8th July

    Adore your data people. I’m sure it would be nice to find a amount of assistance stories. Revealing less well-known gemstone including Concrete5 CMS/Framework. Thanks for sharing. :D

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