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How A 27-Year-Old CEO Built A Near $1 Billion Fashion Startup

How A 27-Year-Old CEO Built A Near $1 Billion Fashion Startup

  • Zilingo Pte's path to becoming a fashion platform with a valuation approaching $1 billion began in December 2014 when Ankiti Bose, then an analyst at Sequoia India, chatted with a neighbor at a house party in the Indian tech capital Bengaluru.
  • Four months later they had quit their jobs, and each had put in their $30,000 in savings to found Zilingo, an online platform that allows small merchants in Southeast Asia to build scale.
  • On Tuesday, the Singapore-based company said it raised $226 million from investors including Sequoia Capital and Temasek Holdings Pte.
  • Revenue grew 12 times in the year ended March 2018 and fourfold in the April to January period, according to the company.
  • Raised in India, Bose's father's job as an engineer at a state-owned oil company caused the family to constantly move when she was a child, exposing her to different cultures and languages within the country.


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