How Collis Ta’eed Changed The Internet


Great men are not born great, they grow great . . . , Mario Puzo

There are many people who are great. One such person I know is Collis Ta’eed. If you are a designer or a developer, you must have heard this name.

But if you have not, no worries. Let me introduce this amazing person to you.

Collis Ta’eed is the Co-founder & CEO of Envato.

Envato Office

Never heard of it? Meh.

Whenever you buy any stuff related to designing like Photoshop mockups, presentation templates, WordPress themes etc, chances are there that you bought it from him.


Because he’s got a chain of websites that provide resources to people like us. Do I sound confusing to you?

Don’t worry because today you will know Collis Ta’eed very well and will appreciate him and his work.

Who is Collis Ta’eed?

Collis Ta’eed is the Co-founder & CEO of the biggest digital marketplace called Envato. Envato operates eight marketplaces that sells resources and assets for designers. These resources includes themes, graphics, audio, video, 3D modelling etc.

Collis Ta'eed

Image from Envato

Apart from these marketplaces, Collis also provides tutorials and video courses for people to learn graphic and web design, web development, music, photography etc. Tutsplus itself has over 8 sites in different fields that provide free and paid tutorials and courses.

Collis Ta’eed grew up in Papua New Guinea. He moved to Australia to study mathematic and computer science. In his high school he met Jun Rung, one of the co-founders of Envato. Jun was studying Design at the university. He introduced Collis to design.

After learning about design Collis became passionate about it. He left behind his studies and focused on learning graphic and web design. Later he started working as a web designer. There he met Cyan who is now his wife and also a co-founder of Envato. He married Cyan and together they began selling flash files, making around $400 a month.

Story of Envato

It all started back in 2006 when Collis with his wife Cyan and his friend Jun Rung decided to start a lifestyle business that will allow them to work and travel as well.

Collis And Cyan

Collis And Cyan. Image from Envato

Envato started as dedicated marketplace that sold flash files, called FlashDen. The name was changed to ActiveDen after a trademark claim from Adobe.

In 2007, Envato launched PSDTuts+. This website provided Photoshop tutorials. The company also launched FreelanceSwitch, a blog about freelancing.

2008 changed the future of the company. It launched AudioJungle, a marketplace for audio files and ThemeForest, a marketplace for web design.

Envato CEO Collis

Since then the company launched many other marketplaces like, GraphicRiver, PhotoDune, CodeCanyon and VideoHive. Moreover Collis and Cyan moved to Melbourne, Australia where the current office of Envato is located.

PSDTuts+ also expanded by starting different sites about different stuff related to designing.


Envato saw many great achievements in front of them. They were named as “Australia’s Coolest Tech Company” in 2014 by JobAdvisor.

Apart from other company goals, Co-founder Cyan Ta’eed was crowned 2015 Telstra Victoria Business Woman of the Year.

How Collis Changed the Internet

Okay so the question that’s running in your mind is:

How did he change the internet?

Am I right?

To answer this question let me ask you this question:

What would you have done if there was no Envato and Tuts+?

Many of you would say: There are other websites to learn too.

But the truth is that without this brilliant idea of Envato, many people would not have learned what they learned now. Without Envato, our websites would not have looked any better, only few people would have known Photoshop and Illustrator.

Envato Workshop

Image for Envato

Not only this, Envato has also become a way to earn money. There are authors at Envato making millions of dollars just by selling their products. One can make money if they sell their products there.

How Collis Ta’eed Changed My Life

A few years back I was just like a random guy trying to do things on Photoshop. Just like Collis, I was also struggling to learn Photoshop.

One day while searching some tutorials I found Tuts+. I saw that they provide many tutorials of different softwares I didn’t even heard the names of.

Envato Meeting

Image from Envato

From then I have learned so much about graphic design and web design. And without him I wouldn’t have started this blog. Today also if I ever want to learn something I head over to Tuts+.

And there are people just like me. Collis Ta’eed not only changed many lives but he also changed the way we think about something. He is one of the best trend-setter I’ve ever known.


Collis outside Coffee Shop

Image from Envato

If you know Collis then do share what impact he made on your life. And after reading his story and how he changed my life you can realize that he is made of great. Many people still don’t know him. So you can share this as must as possible to let others know how great Collis is and the works he did for all designers and developers.

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About the author

Ahfaz Ahmed

Ahfaz Ahmed is a young entrepreneur who loves to write on various topics related to Graphic and Web Design. He has worked on many blogs and also works as a Freelancer. Apart from blogging, he is also a graphic designer and a web developer.


  • Very nice post Ahfaz. Frankly speaking, I had never bothered to check out the person behind Envato in spite of using their products. Your post was very informative and eye opening!

    Coming to the association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi, I would like to term it as “Sone Pe Suhaga”. Tata Motors is already a well established and popular brand. They have products to suit every budget- right from the budget friendly Nano to the luxurious Jaguar. Lionel Messi on the other hand is a role model and inspiration for millions of people across the globe. He is has established himself as one of the most popular football players in the world despite facing several hurdles.

    This association will definitely take the ‘Tata Motors’ brand to greater heights!

    • Neither I ever bothered to know the man behind Envato. It was a long time ago when it just came up to me. After reading his story and learning more about him I promised myself to let the world know about him and the great work he has done for the Internet world.

      And yes “Sone pe Suhaga” is a perfect term to describe this association. This will not only help Tata at national level but also at global level. Thanks for the comment. Do stop by again. 🙂

  • A very nice write up Ahfaz
    And about the association of tata motors n Lionel Messi, both are the big names though associated with different fields but are the best to rely upon. Their association defines the quality, faith and trust which is hard to break.

  • Hi Ahfaz, First of all, thanks for introducing Collis Ta’eed’s contribution to Designing/Developing. So far I have read many #madeofgreat blog-posts and yours is very unique due to the unusual , unsung Hero Collis Ta’eed.

    Like all Indian children I grew up with Tata brand , whether it’s TISCO, TCS , TISS, Tata hospital Taj Mahal Palace, Every thing , we Indians are proud of is by an Indian for Indians. Our first car Indica is the symbol of our family’s trust with Tata Motors. On the same wavelength Lionel Messi’s exceptional Talent, hard work , sacrifice and passion matches with Tata motor’s intelligent design, high-end . modern technology and national spirit. The association of these two grand legends spell bright future for the whole World in general and to India in particular

  • really superb illustrative write up with great pictorials. kudos. I thinkI will have to learn photoshop from you. I am damn interested in it. great to see you found a great mentor.

    As to question of Lionel Messi, I can say with conviction that Tata group has found a real Gem.

  • Good choice. ThemeForest what would WP sites be without them? Vector graphic bundles, PSDs at discounted rates or free who else could offer except Envato?


  • Nice post and good to hear that u have learned so much from Tuts+, it quite inspiring specially for budding bloggers like me , I am too learning from others blogs and sites.
    Answer to the question asked in the post
    Tata Motors is a brand which is one of its kind , Trustworthy and innovative .
    Lionel Messi is a Legend and youth icon , a person who is extra ordinary talented ,energetic , confident & dedicated to his profession .
    So association of Tata motors and Lionel Messi is a Great Thing as both of them does not know tiredness and are committed to their brand value .This collaboration would definitely give an edge to Tata Groups over its competitors as the brand ambassador Messi hold the reputation of not letting down his fans as Tata motors has given the best to the world.

  • Hey Ahfaz!
    Collis ta’eed he has always been my inspiration in designing field as my dreams are not only restricted to a single field but Collis is one my idols. I love his products. This was a nice blog post of yours I got to know more about my idol and his life and motivated me.
    As far as your question is considered Lionel Messi is one of the best football player in the world and tata motors is also a renowned brand in India for its durable and good quality vehicles. If they both collaborate with each other they will definitely make some noise in the world. Their collaboration can reach to Heights because of the fame they both possess.

  • Afhaz..iam really in an all new hitherto undiscovered domain that brought some sense to naive people like me..
    Appreciate the influence and inspiration of Collis in the wiorld of graphics and to you in particular…nice post indeed.

    Two’ strikers’ make a deadly ‘formation’ to attain their realistic ‘ goals’ and their ‘ team work’ is stupendous! That is the amalgamation.of Messi and Tata…two power houses setting new benchmarks!

  • Great post.

    Legends always meet legends and so TATA Motors came in association with Lionel Messi. Both deliver their best in the best of their potential and manner and are always keen on working hard and improve with each performance. Both have proved their mettle in their own fields and are known for the best in their performance grounds. Splendid and amazing, both them of them and even a great pleasure to see their association!

  • Hi Ahfaz,
    Indeed a nicely written post. I wish you good luck for the contest
    Here is my answer
    The association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi is that of two greats. Lionel Messi has been exceptionally talented who with his hard work, determination and sacrifices has got better and tougher in his chosen sport so is the Image, reputation and quality of TATA Motors that have transformed brilliant ideas into masterpieces of engineering and created a brand and products that we are so proud of as Indians. Lionel Messi has transformed his body and the mind body co-ordination into a masterpiece of precision and excellence it would not be wrong to say that Lionel Messi is the TATA Motors of sports where as TATA Motors is the Lionel Messi of vehicles both giants in their own spheres driven by the drive to excel and lead by example. So Lionel Messi is the best choice for becoming the brand Ambassador for TATA Motors

  • Your post describes #madeofgreat so well that it has winner written all over it. Good luck for your entry.
    Here is my answer.
    Like minds think and act alike looking at the track record of TATA Motors it has stood the test of time and built a business that was built using bricks of hard work on a foundation of trust. Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the trademarks of brand TATA Motors. These same qualities are present in Lionel Messi who with his immense talent has made a mark for himself on the international football field .Facing all hardships he has worked hard toiling on the fields and in training sessions facing injuries and pressure to come out trumps and be a winner. Thus these two greats Lionel Messi and TATA Motors are made for each other .There association is a bond of two legends
    In case you pick me a winner my email id is :
    Fingers crossed 🙂

  • Your post defines #madeofgreat to the hilt. Goodluck for the contest
    My answer is:
    Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the pillars of strength on which TATA have built a brand that has put India on the global map. It is a brand that has stood the test of time just like Lionel Messi who tackles opposition on the field with his skill,agility,strategy,brilliance and raw power to reach and score a goal so has been the track record of TATA motors who has become a brand leader and a global giant. These qualities make TATA Motors and Lionel Messi perfect partners who stand for the same set of values thus Lionel Messi is the perfect brand ambassador to represent TATA Motors.
    Hope my best to be a winner here; do contact me for the prize at
    fingers crossed

  • Your post defines #madeofgreat in an awesome manner.Very well written and interesting post indeed.
    My Answer
    Tata Motors is a brand that makes durable vehicles, with its MADE IN INDIA mark makes every Indian proud. It is a brand seen globally as Trusted, Reliable, Innovative and at the forefront of technology. In its journey since inception it has overcome all odds, competition, and adversities with grit and determination. These same qualities are associated with Lionel Messi who was very talented and hardworking from a very early age. With each game that he played he kept improving his skills and built a career to become one of the best player of professional football. There qualities make both TATA Motors and Lionel Messi giants who perfectly compliment each other and Lionel Messi the right and perfect Ambassador who stands for the same values that TATA Motors does.

  • Yours is a very well written post your .Its is a very nice description of #madeofgreat
    TATA Motors is a brand associated with performance, endurance and excellence. These words are also synonymous with Lionel Messi who plays as a forward and weaves his magic on the football field.Just as Lionel Messi is considered the best footballer in the world ,TATA motors which is Indias premier automotive manufacturer gives wheels to the people of India with its wide range of vehicles. Both believe in excelling in whatever they do and set examples for others to follow. They compliment each other as both are reliable trustworthy and leaders thus Lionel Messi is the natural choice as the brand ambassador of TATA Motors

  • I hd never about Collis before. Thank you Ahfaz for covering such an amazing personality. Your post was amazzzziiiinnnnggg… Really inspiring and great. You deserve to win. All the best.

    Here is my entry:-

    TATA MOTORS & LIONEL MESSI are two perfect examples of greatness.
    Tata is a brand known for honesty, commitment and perseverance. They have been a part of so many charitable trust. Lionel Messi on the other hand is an exceptionally great player with his natural technique and creative skills. Facing all the hardships on their journey, both of them has emerged to a great success. The association of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi as their Brand Ambassador will definitely give an edge to the Tata group over its competitors. Also TATA will find it easier to connect with the youth as the company is focusing on more youth-centric products globally.

    They are two sides of one coin. Perfect combination for a great success.

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