Founder and CEO, Shahrouz Varshabi working as a taxi driver and freelance graphic designer in Iran.
Shahrouz moves to NYC and follows the American dream to advance his skills as a creative by attending Parsons School of Design.
In order to afford tuition + NYC living costs, Shahrouz starts freelancing on the side, only this time he gives his fellow classmates his client’s projects.
Epic lightbulb moment.
Designity beta 1.0 is born as DesignedIn, providing students with real-world projects outside of their education.
LinkedIn doesn’t like that Shahrouz was inspired by their name, so LinkedIn sues Designedin. The name was changed to Designity to merge design and community together.
It sounded better anyway.
Creative directors are introduced to the platform to enhance the quality of work. Creatives outside of universities join too.
Designity attracts the interest of Amazon’s Audible investment firm (NVP), who invested into the future of creativity.
Gary Vee suggests Designity’s per-project model should transition to monthly plans instead. Shahrouz took the idea and ran.
COVID-19 strikes and Designity’s bulletproof remote model grows more than ever.
Designity welcomes new internal team members and major clients like Oracle, FSC, Kung Fu Tea, Anaheim Ducks, etc.
Things are growing...fast.