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天津快乐10分体育彩票开奖结果查询: 認識一下這位27歲的女孩:曾經除了夢想一無所有,今天掌管獨角獸

天津快乐10分预测 www.mkjab.com Yoolim Lee, 彭博社 2019年03月16日

在全球239家由風投支持的估值10億美元以上的創業公司中,只有23家公司的創始人是女性。博斯是其中之一。

時尚平臺Zilingo是怎樣獲得近10億美元估值的?這要從2014年說起。那年12月的一天,在印度科技之都班加羅爾,時任紅杉資本印度分公司分析師的安基蒂·博斯正在家庭聚會上跟一名鄰居聊天。

博斯當時23歲。與她聊天的這個鄰居名叫德魯夫·卡普爾,當時24歲,是游戲公司Kiwi的一名軟件工程師。兩人很快意識到,他們擁有互補的技能,而且都有著創業的雄心。四個月之后,他們各自辭掉了工作,每人拿出3萬美元存款,成立了Zilingo——一個方便東南亞的小商家在線做生意的電商平臺。

Zilingo將總部設在了新加坡。該公司于本周二表示,截至目前,它已經從紅杉資本和淡馬錫控股等投資者那里拉到了2.26億美元融資。據不具名消息人士透露,Zilingo最近的估值已達9.7億美元。年僅27歲的博斯也成為了亞洲地區“獨角獸俱樂部”里最年輕的女性創業人。

女性創業者在全球都不多見。根據創業指導網站Pitchbook去年5月的數據,在全球239家由風投支持的估值10億美元以上的創業公司中,只有23家公司的創始人是女性。

博斯表示:“我們只是一群二十多歲的年輕人,除了夢想一無所有,但我們決定去追逐夢想?!?/p>

在線購物

隨著智能手機的快速普及和人均收入的提高,東南亞地區也誕生了一批像博斯一樣的成功創業人。根據谷歌和淡馬錫聯合發布的一份報告,2018年,東南亞地區的網購總金額達到230億美元,到2025年有望超過1000億美元。

從Zilingo最近遞交給新加坡監管機構的備案文件看,2016財年(截止到2017年3月31日),該平臺的收入為180萬新元(約130萬美元),高于上年度的43.4萬新元。而到了2017財年(截止到2018年3月底),公司的收入增長了12倍,光是在4月到1月的時間段里就翻了四番。另一名創始人卡普爾在公司任首席技術官。

這家公司一開始主要幫助小商家將產品賣給消費者,后來又擴展到一些新的領域。在他們與成千上萬小商家打交道的過程中,他們也發現,許多商家是有潛力做大的,但是一缺技術,二缺資本,三缺規模效應。

對此,他們有針對性地進行了擴張,開發了一些軟件和工具,使商家可以更方便地聯系到孟加拉國和越南的工廠,同時該公司還會在跨境物流和庫存管理上提供協助。2018年以來,Zilingo還與幾家金融科技公司合作,為小商家們提供運營資金,以使他們有錢購買生產商品所需的原材料。

商家在Zilingo上展示商品是免費的,但是交易成功的話,每單就要抽成10%至20%了。

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博斯的一些靈感來自于她一次去曼谷著名的周末市場參觀的經歷,那個市場有15000多個攤位,銷售著來自于泰國各地的商品。這讓她意識到,很多小商家并沒有足夠的機會去擴大他們的生意。

自從2015年在泰國和柬埔寨投入運營以來,Zilingo已經在8個國家設立了辦事處,擁有員工400余名。它還在印尼、泰國和菲律賓開設了幾個時尚電商網站,很快還將登陸澳大利亞。

紅杉資本(印度)新加坡分公司的常務董事謝倫德拉·辛格表示,博斯已經找到了讓Zilingo差異化的方法,對她來說,目前最重要的是招募一個合適的領導團隊,保持正確的企業文化,以適應公司的“超高速增長”。

博斯自幼在印度長大,她的父親是一家國營石油公司的工程師,因此在她小時候,她的家庭時常搬家,這也讓她接觸到了印度各地的不同語言和文化。她母親放棄了大學講師的工作,將全部時間用在教育她唯一的孩子上。博斯在大學期間主修數學和經濟學,成績十分優異,最終在咨詢公司麥肯錫獲得了一份夢寐以求的工作,在麥肯錫期間,她主要面向印度新興的科技、媒體和電信行業。

博斯表示,自己創辦Zilingo并不是心血來潮,而是在紅杉資本的風投部門學會了如何評估東南亞主要創業公司的專業知識后,才自己去投身創業的。在紅杉資本從事風投業務的過程中,她也看到了自己創業的巨大機遇。

回憶起創業之前的日子,博斯說道:“我總是舉手問問題,說:‘把所有東西都教給我吧!’我忙得不可開交,每天工作18個小時,因為它太有意思了?!?span>(財富中文網)

譯者:樸成奎

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.

Bose, then 23, and Dhruv Kapoor, a 24-year-old software engineer at gaming studio Kiwi Inc., quickly realized they had complementary skills and similar ambitions to build their own startup. 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. The latest financing valued Zilingo at $970 million, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named because the information is private. That makes 27-year-old Bose among the youngest female chief executives to lead a startup of the size in Asia.

Female founders remain rare in the global startup world. Of the 239 venture capital-backed startups around the world worth at least $1 billion, only 23 have a female founder, according to data from Pitchbook in May last year.

“We were a bunch of twenty-somethings with nothing except this dream and we decided to chase it,” Bose said.

Shopping Online

Bose is now part of a group of founders in Southeast Asia who are capitalizing on the region’s rapid adoption of smartphones and rising incomes. Online shopping in the region reached $23 billion in 2018, according to a report by Google and Temasek. It’s expected to exceed $100 billion by 2025.

Zilingo posted revenue of S$1.8 million ($1.3 million) in the year ended on March 31, 2017, up from about S$434,000 since its inception though March 2016, according to the company’s most recent filing with Singapore regulators. Revenue grew 12 times in the year ended March 2018 and fourfold in the April to January period, according to the company. Kapoor holds the title of chief technology officer.

The company started off by helping small merchants sell to consumers, and has since expanded into new areas. As the founders dealt with thousands of small sellers, they realized that many lacked access to technology, capital and economies of scale.

So they expanded, developing software and other tools to allow vendors to access factories from Bangladesh to Vietnam and also help with cross-border shipping and inventory management. Since 2018, Zilingo has also worked with financial technology firms to provide working capital to small sellers so they can buy raw materials to produce goods.

Listings are provided for free with the company charging a commission of between 10 percent and 20 percent on orders.

Fashion Site

Some of Bose’s early inspiration came from a visit to Bangkok’s popular Chatuchak market, which features more than 15,000 booths selling goods from across Thailand. She realized the sellers didn’t have sufficient opportunities to expand.

Since setting up its first presence in Thailand and Cambodia in 2015, the company has grown to have offices in eight countries with 400 employees. It operates fashion e-commerce sites in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines and is preparing to launch in Australia soon.

While Bose has figured out a way to differentiate Zilingo, her challenge is to now manage the company’s “hyper-growth” by recruiting the right leadership team and maintaining the right culture, said Shailendra Singh, managing director of Sequoia Capital (India) Singapore.

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. Her mother gave up her career as a university lecturer and devoted her time teaching her only child at home. Bose excelled as a student, studied math and economics, and eventually landed a coveted job with consultancy McKinsey & Co. in India, where she covered India’s burgeoning technology, media and telecom sector.

She took the calculated plunge to set up Zilingo, she says, after gaining expertise evaluating major startups in Southeast Asia at Sequoia India’s venture capital business. As she did that, she saw a huge opportunity to build a business herself.

“I kept raising my hand and said, ‘Teach me everything,’” Bose said of her pre-startup years. “I busted my ass, working 18 hours a day because it was so much fun.”

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