Dylan Field is the cofounder and CEO of Figma. He is also an investor.
Field attended Technology High School from 2005 to 2009, beginning at thirteen. The alternative public school is part of Sonoma State University, where he also became a student in mathematics from 2006 to 2009. He researched with senior Sonoma mathematics students and presented findings with them in Washington, D.C. He proceeded to attend Brown University until 2012, and he dropped out after two-and-a-half years as a condition of the Thiel Fellowship he was awarded. The Thiel Fellowship awards a two-year grant of $100,000 to college dropouts who wish to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.
Before founding Figma, Field worked at several major tech companies. He was a technical research assistant at Microsoft from 2009-2010, a data analytics intern at LinkedIn from May to August 2010, and an intern at Flipboard from 2011-2012.
Figma is a design company founded in 2012 by Field and Evan Wallace, Field's peer from Brown University. It was founded as a result of Field's Thiel Fellowship. Figma was founded as a way to compete with Adobe PhotoShop. Figma began shipping its software to its beta users in 2015 and became generally available in 2016. It was offered for free until 2017, which Field said helped acquire their first customers. In September 2022, Adobe acquired Figma for $20 billion in a cash deal.
Invest Like the Best with Patrick O'Shaughnessy: Dylan Field - The Growing Importance of Design - [Founder's Field Guide, EP.14] on Apple Podcasts