MARCUS TAN

Within four years, Carousell evolved into one of the world’s largest and fastest growing community marketplaces, with more than 35 million listings. Its exponential success can be attributed to its simple user interface, which allows smartphone users to snap, list and sell within 30 seconds — something that was heavily influenced by co-founder and self-taught designer Marcus Tan.

MOVED BY FUNCTIONAL DESIGN 

“Growing up, I was heavily influenced by the design of Apple and Sony; how they use complex technology all wrapped up in a simple and sleek design, to create life-changing user experiences.”

TOUGHENED UP BY CHALLENGES

“It has been a non-stop race to learn and grow with finite time and resources since we built our first Carousell prototype. We faced a lot of disappointment and objections from family and friends at the start. I like to think it’s made us optimists, believing that we can and are doing something others thought could not be done.”

MOTIVATED BY PEOPLE

“I thrive on building and engaging with communities, and the amazing people on our team are a big reason why I wake up inspired to do better each day.”