Asia PE-VC Summit 2017: Execs share challenges and lessons from growing businesses in Asia

Starting a business is never easy but scaling it up and continuing the growth momentum often prove to be a bigger challenge for many entrepreneurs and executives.

At the Asia PE-VC Summit 2017, we will ask leading startup executives to tell us the challenges of scaling up a business in Asia, and share the lessons they have learnt.

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Meet our panelists:

Aliza Knox

COO, Unlockd

Charged with overseeing the international expansion and global operations of Unlockd, Knox uses her impressive experience and network to drive value and growth for the innovative ad and content-funded mobile platform.

In her previous role as Vice President, APAC for Twitter, Knox led the sales teams and self-serve advertising business in APAC, launched and ran the Asia Headquarters.

Knox also held senior executive sales and operational roles at Google, where she led Commerce & Mobile Wallet efforts and the Online Sales Group for the APAC region. Highlights included working closely with the Economic Development Board to create a major presence for Google in Singapore.

Andy Sitt

Founder, Inmagine Group

Andy Sitt is the founder and chairman at Inmagine Group that owns 123RF, Pixlr, Inmagine, StockUnlimited,, Thehungryjpg, Craftbundles and Soundbounce.

In 2000, he founded Inmagine, a premium stock photo library and quickly grew the business internationally. As the industry began shifting focus towards larger quantity and cheaper content, he started 123RF, a microstock library, in 2005. 123RF is now Asia’s largest crowdsource stock library with over 75 million assets, 5 million members and 44 office locations worldwide.

Andy is currently investing in innovative startups to nurture the next generation of digital entrepreneurs.

Shashank Dixit

Founder and CEO, Deskera

Shashank Dixit founded cloud-based business software provider Deskera and has served as its CEO since its inception in 2005.

From its humble beginnings in a university dorm to reporting just under $42 million in revenues in 2016, it has been a long journey for the SaaS startup. Today, it calls San Francisco, California, as its headquarters and has offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.

Deskera is now working on building a marketplace, which Dixit says will be the world’s first integrated B2B marketplace, similar to what Vijay Shekhar Sharma has done in the area of mobile payments with Paytm. An extension of this will see the company launch B2B wallet services, as it tries to become a one-stop solution for payment and transactions for its client base.

To finance its plans, it is in talks to raise $100 million from PE players at a valuation believed to be upwards of $500 million.