Five Years of Envato

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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!
CEO, Chief Tea Drinker and Web Designer Who Doesn’t Get to Design Anymore

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

  • Emil Nikov

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

    Great video, love to see how you guys work.

    Here’s to 5 more! :)

  • Siddharth

    Yay, Envato!

  • klefue

    thank you envato :)

  • Lasha Krikheli

    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!

  • Bilal Khettab

    Wonderful job you did :) Congratulations
    My Best

  • Misel D.

    Amazing, nice speech Naysan

  • Matthew Guay

    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!

  • Adrian Try

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

  • Rayz Ong

    Awesome video πŸ˜€ Hope to work in Envato too πŸ˜€

  • soniccube

    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 :)

  • sike

    You guys rocks, the workspace is cool!

  • Rob Lewis

    Keep up the good work lads and ladies!

  • Badhon Ebrahim

    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.

  • klefue

    let me work there :)
    all the best

  • Sandip

    awesome :)

  • Marius Hogas

    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!

  • Monika

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

  • Japh

    Happy 5th Birthday, Envato! πŸ˜€

  • Mabuc

    awesome video.. very inspiring!

  • Fahmid

    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

      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!

  • wattscreative

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

  • Leon Oscar Kidando

    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.

  • Fahmid

    Thanks Adrian!

  • Ivor

    Happy birthday Envato!!

  • cudazi

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

  • Rafael Oliveira

    Great video πŸ˜€

  • flashedge

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

  • Kreativ Theme

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

  • Rodrigo

    Congrats !

  • Christina

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

  • Tim McMorris

    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

  • Blueminded

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

  • urbazon

    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 πŸ˜‰

  • Matt Webb

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

  • Richard

    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.

  • RightHere

    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. πŸ˜‰

  • Jarel

    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!

  • Alex

    Happy B-day Envato!!!

  • Josh Sprague

    That was a great video. Thanks Envato!

  • Batfan

    Congrats you guys!

  • Tommy M.

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

  • Chris Molitor

    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

  • Patrik Larsson

    Happy birthday Envato! πŸ˜€

    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!

  • guitarjock

    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!

  • Brendan Falkowski

    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.

  • Drew Douglass

    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! :)

  • Collis Ta’eed

    Wow, what a pleasure to read these comments!!

    This community rocks! :-)

    • Badhon Ebrahim

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

  • Michael Dobler

    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 :-)


    Best from the other side of the world,

  • Corinne

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

  • Rafal from FutureSight

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

    With love,

    Kasia & Rafal.

  • Tyler Kraupp

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


  • Travis King

    I’ve been rolled!!

  • Sreejesh @techgyo

    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..

  • Matthew Kammerer

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

  • Giallo

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

  • Catalin

    You guys rock!!

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  • tungjacob

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

  • Dominick

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

  • psdtohtmlexperts

    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!!

  • Alexandra

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

  • Chad Cantrell

    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.


  • Joao

    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 :)


  • sKY::

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

  • Darren Ryan

    Ye guys rock!!

  • RockWeb

    I want Envato’s Logo on my tombstone.

  • sivaraaj

    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.

  • PrIyAnGsHu

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

  • Pawan

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

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  • Vishal Verma

    one of the best marketplace for blogger and webmasters


    Thanks bro for sharing the usefull stuff with us.

    I Love envato and i love to work there.

    It is just outstanding.

  • Arbaz Khan

    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 :)

  • Matt

    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.

  • Kishore

    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.

  • John

    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.

  • Priyank

    Happy birthday Envato!
    Great community really.

  • Maria

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

  • Chetan

    Happy Birthday Evanto.
    Great community really.

  • Danny

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

  • Harsh

    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.

  • Samantha

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

  • Gautham

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

  • Raj

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

  • Kamal

    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. πŸ˜€