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Why this 27-year-old is happy she worked a corporate job before starting her $1 billion business


Added 05-24-19 12:02:02am EST - “Zilingo founder Ankiti Bose says working as an investment analyst helped her build her near-$1 billion fashion start-up.” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “Why this 27-year-old is happy she worked a corporate job before starting her $1 billion business”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Many of us would love to be the kid who dreamed up a multimillion-dollar business idea in their college dorm room, becoming an overnight success without ever working a "real job."

The reality, though, is that those teen proteges are few and far between. But that's okay, according to major fashion start-up founder Ankiti Bose, who says she's happy she worked a corporate job before going it alone.

In fact, that day job is what got her where she is today, Zilingo's CEO told CNBC Make It. It gave her the chance to watch and learn.

"The fact that I was working in venture capital and consulting before that definitely played an important role in shaping our opinions in what would work and what would not work, what would build a sustainable business," Bose said of the early years she spent working an office job.

Bose quit her job in 2015, just before her 24th birthday, and along with her co-founder Dhruv Kapoor has spent the last four years building a e-commerce platform that's valued at nearly $1 billion, to help Southeast Asia's independent retailers sell their products online.

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