Beautiful, high-quality furniture at an affordable price…? It’s got to be too good to be true! Think again- Ning Lee was tired of the scaled-up prices at corporate stores. Read his story about starting Made.com and breaking the supply chain norms.

Ning Li is a serial entrepreneur with a natural eye for opportunities. After interning in Paris for Marc Simoncini, another serial entrepreneur- he was able to envision himself as an entrepreneur himself and start seeing opportunities for new business ideas. He started an e-commerce business called Myfab, which quickly grew with employees and investment. After selling his stake, he relocated to London in 2010 where he set up his second business, Made.com.

 

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His concept for Made.com sprouted during a conversation with a friend in China who manufactured furniture. His friend would sell a sofa for £400 to agents, who would then sell to wholesalers, and then the store price tags would eventually total at £3,000. Ning then decided to act on the opportunity to disrupt the industry’s traditional supply chain.

He was told he was too ambitious and that it would never succeed in getting 100% of consumers to buy furniture online, but he knew that if he could get at least 10%, he could succeed. With this mindset, he set off to achieve becoming ‘the new Ikea’, merging great design everyone loves at affordable prices.

 

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Today, he’s working on his latest venture which came to him while researching creams for his newborn. Keep an eye out for Topology, a skincare brand aiming for transparency, natural ingredients, and affordability.

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