Carousell founders Marcus Tan (left), Lucas Ngoo (middle), and Quek Siu Rui (right). Pic: Carousell

C2C shopping app Carousell raises $35m to fuel expansion beyond Singapore

CAROUSELL, one of Singapore’s startup success stories, has raised a US$35 million Series B round, which it plans to use to expand outwards from Singapore and amp up product development.

The shopping app is a consumer-to-consumer marketplace which was founded four years ago by Lucas Ngoo, Marcus Tan, and Siu Sui Quek – this round of funding is one of the largest Series B rounds for a Singaporean startup.

According to TechCrunch, existing investor Rakuten Ventures led the round of funding, joined by Sequoia, Golden Gates Ventures, and 500 Startups.

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Carousell is popular in Southeast Asia, where it is available in 13 cities, and says it has 35 million listings, with 70 new listings being added per minute. The company also claimed that users spend an average of 17 minutes inside its app.

TechCrunch previously reported that Carousell was looking to raise up to US$50 million in their Series B round, after securing US$6 million in 2014 Series A round. Prior to that, they raised US$1 million in seed investment. To date, Carousell has received about US$41.8 million in funding.

The C2C app has been making some major strides this year. JJ Chai, who used to run accommodation booking app Airbnb’s Southeast Asia operations, joined Carousell this year to manage its international expansion plans.

The company said on Monday: “The additional capital will accelerate Carousell’s growth into new markets around the world and bolster its product and engineering teams, strengthening its position as one of the largest and fastest growing mobile classifieds marketplaces.”

Quek, who is also the CEO of Carousell, added: “We most recently launched in Hong Kong in June 2016. As of now, we are in 13 major cities (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang, Taipei, Tainan, Taoyuan, Taichung, Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Jakarta, Bandung, Hong Kong). We are finalizing the selection of our next markets and will keep everyone posted.”