Adobe Acquires Figma for $20 B

Abhishek Singh
Abhishek Singh
Lead - Policy & Advocacy
Oct 31, 2023


The .com boom led to a massive surge in the expansion of digitised and automated operations in all industries and organisations, which in turn beagle a wholesome transition to the digital age for all netizens, organisations and industries. All the big techs in today’s time were startups or not even in existence back when this boom began, but just in 3-4 decades, we see that a massive faction of the global population is dependent directly or indirectly on big techs for some or the other services. As the world of tech expands, so does the big tech, and hence, in the previous decades, we have seen some acquisitions by big tech companies. The biggest acquisition by tech was last seen in 2023 when the social media giant Facebook (Now META) acquired the famous messaging platform Whatsapp for $13 Billion, but now, almost after a decade, the world is ready to witness the biggest acquisition as Adobe confirms its plans to acquire Figma the leading web-first collaborative design platform.

Adobe - Figma Acquisition  

The illustrator developer Adobe has been the pioneer in developing designing tools since 1982. The founder of the company made a switch from the paper company Xerox, and hence, the operations and products of the company have been oriented towards paper and design. But as the company is already a pioneer in developing designing and editing tools, the impact of AI cannot be underestimated. Hence, this acquisition comes at a critical juncture in impacting the AI-driven product market.  

Adobe wants to use digital experiences to transform the world. Adobe provides the tools and platforms that power the digital economy today, and over the course of its existence, its innovations have positively impacted billions of people worldwide. Adobe continues to invent and modify categories, having revolutionised photography and creative expression with Photoshop, pioneered electronic documents with PDF, and created the digital marketing category with Adobe Experience Cloud.

The goals of Figma are to facilitate visual teamwork and provide accessibility to design for all. The company, which was founded in 2012 by Dylan Field and Evan Wallace, was a pioneer in online product design. Thanks to multi-player workflows, advanced design systems, and a large, expandable developer environment, it is now enabling collaboration for anybody designing interactive mobile and online applications. Millions of fresh designers and developers, as well as a devoted student base, have been drawn to Figma.

By working together, Adobe and Figma will transform how people create and work, spur innovation on the web, improve product design, and uplift communities of creators, designers, and developers throughout the world. The combined business will have the capacity to create major value for clients, investors, and the industry, in addition to a sizable and rapidly expanding market potential.

Key Features of Acquisition

The most expensive acquisition this century has caught the attention of a lot of companies and regulatory authorities across the world. The key features of the deal are as follows: 

  • Reimagining the Future of Creativity and Productivity: The designing giant Adobe and Figma coming together will unlock new potential for creativity and productivity as both of the companies create tools which are widely used; hence, they understand the customer’s requirements and expectations, thus making a path for creativity and productivity in term of new services and applications.    
  • Accelerating Creativity on the Web: Adobe's Creative Cloud technologies will be delivered online more quickly thanks to Figma's web-based, multi-player features, which will increase productivity and accessibility to the creative process for more people. The current difficulty facing creators is producing an ever-increasing amount of material while working closely with an ever-increasing number of stakeholders. With its widespread use, the web is now a tool that facilitates collaborative creation in teams.
  • Advancing Product Design: All parties involved in the product design process, including designers, product managers, and developers, will gain from the integration of Adobe's robust imaging, photography, illustration, video, 3D, and font technologies into the Figma platform. Because digital applications are integral to both our personal and professional lives, the product design sector is experiencing rapid expansion. 
  • Inspiring and empowering the designer and developer community: The company's ongoing innovation has been fueled by the dynamic creative community at Adobe. With its vast and expanding ecosystem, Figma boasts a fervent community that creates and shares everything from templates to plug-ins to lessons. By uniting the communities of Figma and Adobe, designers and developers will be able to harness the potential of collaborative design in the future. By 2025, Figma's addressable market will reach a total of $16.5 billion. With best-in-class net dollar retention of more than 150 percent, the company is predicted to add around $200 million in net new ARR this year, topping $400 million in total ARR by the end of 2022. Figma has established a productive, rapidly expanding company with operating cash flows that are positive and gross margins of over 90%.


The acquisition of the decade is going to be under heavy scrutiny and checks under various laws in different countries and is expected to be given the green light soon, this merger and acquisition case study will act as a precedent for such high-value acquisitions. Nearly 10 years ago, we saw the last biggest acquisition, where Meta acquired WhatsApp for $13 Bn. As the world of tech moves forward, we will be witnessing more of such M&As in the future, but in such moments, we should be cautious about how our data is handled and transferred by the other company, always make sure you keep a check on your digital rights and responsibilities, because ultimately we are the consumers of the cyberspace.


Oct 31, 2023
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