TradeGecko and its focus on people pre and post US$6.5m Series A

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TradeGecko has raised Series A funding of US$6.5 million led by NSI Ventures and Jungle Ventures. That’s one of the top 10 biggest fundraising so far in 2015 in Singapore and makes TradeGecko the fourth best-funded SaaS company in Southeast Asia. For those who are not currently using TradeGecko, particularly if you’re running a Shopify, ecommerce, retail or wholesale business, give it a try now like thousands of other businesses. It’s a beautiful product that is API-focused, built with Ruby on Rails and Ember.js and was produced under the guidance of Co-founder and CTO Bradley Priest.

What happens after such a fundraising effort? In a chat with Founder and CEO Cameron Priest, Cameron highlighted that “around the Series A stage is when any startup should transition to building a truly scalable company.” How will he do that? Through a “focus on hiring great people.

TradeGecko was founded three year ago during the first bootcamp (of which yours truly, your devoted writer, is also an alumnus as a Co-founder of Flocations). Over the past three years the team has grown from its three founders to include sixty employees in two offices (Manila and Singapore) who belong to an impressive nineteen different nationalities (Singapore and Southeast Asia excel at embracing diversity). Indeed, Cameron told us that one of the achievements he is most proud of so far is “building a truly multinational team.