- TitleCEO and cofounder
Just 10% of the world’s venture capital–backed startups worth $1 billion had a female founder as of last year. Bose, the 27-year-old cofounder of fashion platform Zilingo, is set to join that too-exclusive club. Along with onetime neighbor and current CTO Dhruv Kapoor, Bose launched the four-year-old Singapore-based startup after visiting Bangkok’s Chatuchak market and realizing its merchants had no easy way to sell their goods online. What started as an aggregator of small fashion retailers has since expanded into business-to-business offerings, such as supply-chain tools, and has tapped into Southeast Asia’s booming Internet connectivity and smartphone adoption. Its latest round of funding in February—led by Sequoia Capital and Temasek Holdings and raising $226 million—valued the firm with 600 employees across eight countries at $970 million, putting it within a rounding error of unicornship.
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