Paul Knittel

Previously Product @Canva @Google


Office Hours

How does this work?

Over the next 10 years I’m on a journey to bring positive change to billions of people through technology

Work experience

Feb 2018 - Feb 2021


Product Manager

Product Owner of the Android app. Working with 10+ engineers and several designers. **(May 2018) Google Play award winner for best standout startup app** **(May 2019) Google Play award winner in the build for billions category**


Aug 2016 - Feb 2018


Growth Engineer

* Lead small team to improve Canva's activation. Lauched 30+ experiments in 6 months. Experimented from signup page, onboarding flow all the way to core editing experience. * Rebuild Canva's image & template marketplace with a team of 3 people. Focused on optimising SEO, conversions & mobile experience. * Build ability to embed Canva designs across the web.


Mar 2016 - Jul 2016


Engineering Intern

Business process optimisation building helicopters


Dec 2015 - Mar 2016


Product Management Intern

APM in the Blogger team. Delivered features from UX research all the way to 100% user rollout. Collaborated with domain experts ranging from UX, marketing, legal, support and worked with engineering to drive the execution.


Sep 2015 - Oct 2015


Design Intern

Involved in the creative process of several large scale web projects for clients like Sony & hypergrowth SaaS companies.


Apr 2014 - Jul 2015



A start-up incubated in Rocket Space, San Francisco. Envisioned a new way to approach to BPM software. Built & designed enterprise ready tool in a team of 2 developers in 6 months.


Jan 2012 - Mar 2014


Software Developer

2 days a week while studying engineering. Year 1 - Understanding the engineering processes pertaining to power plant optimisation - Software development for power plant optimisation (Web-based Python & HTML) - Setup and maintenance of Linux server infrastructure Year 2 - Designing innovative ways to visualise data on the web - Developing front-end web applications, using Javascript, D3.js and jQuery

Aug 2012 - Dec 2013

Pixler Webdesign

Partner / Product Owner

Pixler builds solution-orientated websites for entrepreneurs and small business owners. My role as a partner and functional lead was: - Leading Pixler's business strategy and marketing - Head visionary for the products - User experience design - Meeting and negotiating regularly with clients, building loyalty and trust The Pixler partners eventually parted ways to pursue other start-up opportunities.

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013

Extollo Pty Ltd


- Development and management of high-traffic membership website, - Setup and management of various websites, such as, - Online marketing and SEO, using Google Analytics and Adwords - WordPress, PayPal

Nov 2011 - Feb 2012

Hebu Medical

Industrial CNC Engineering (Intern)

- Exposure to high-end industrial design - Creating surgical instruments, and understanding the manufacturing process - Operating sophisticated equipment, including 5-axis CNC machines and water jet cutters


2012 - 2016

The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Science (BS), Computer Science

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