Eztract : Before founding TradeGecko, Thompson ran a streetwear clothing label called Crowded Elevator from 2007 to 2011 that sold to about 40 fashion retailers in New Zealand and Australia. Thompson enjoyed the creative aspects of the business–product development, events planning, marketing–but was frustrated because he could not find a simple, end-to-end solution to manage backend administration. (optional)

TechCrunch

Former designer Carl Thompson left the fashion industry after years of wrangling with business administration spreadsheets, but hopes his startup TradeGecko will spare other small business owners from the same fate. Its cloud-based inventory and sales management application was developed to emphasize user experience with clean and intuitive data displays.

The Singapore-based startup, which launched to the public in September, targets regional wholesalers who want to develop better customer relationships. Last week, it closed on a seed funding round of $650,000 led by seed investment firm WaveMaker Labs, and including Golden Gate Ventures and the Singapore National Research Foundation. The money raised enables TradeGecko to integrate its cloud-based inventory and order management system with other SaaS applications like Xero, Shopify and Vend.

Before founding TradeGecko, Thompson ran a streetwear clothing label called Crowded Elevator from 2007 to 2011 that sold to about 40 fashion retailers in New Zealand…

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