XA Podcast 024 | From Inception to Acquisition: Tracking the Journey of a Successful Start-Up with Max Bittner


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Starting and building a successful start-up is no mean feat. And Max Bittner has seen it all—from founding and building the Lazada Group to seeing its rapid growth across a span of just 4 years to it finally being acquired by Alibaba. Listen to his conversation with host Michele Ferrario to know about his journey.

Our Guest

Max Bittner is the CEO of the Vestiaire Collective, the leading online marketplace to buy and sell authenticated pre-owned luxury fashion. Prior to Vestiaire, he co-founded the Lazada group and served as the CEO from 2012 to 2018. He was the driving force behind the rapid growth of Lazada and the acquisition by Alibaba. Max served as Regional Partner at Rocket Internet before he launched Lazada in March 2012.

In This Episode

  • An overview of Max’s professional journey
  • Running an early-stage startup as a CEO
  • How funding affects company growth
  • The optimal time to sell your startup
  • Lessons from building Max’s startup, Lazada


Your Host

Michele Ferrario is an XA Member, as well as the co-founder and CEO of StashAway, a leading digital wealth manager that offers investment portfolios and wealth management solutions for both retail and accredited investors. Before founding StashAway, Michele was the CEO of the fashion e-commerce company Zalora and was a Managing Director at Rocket Internet. He started his career at McKinsey and spent time in private equity.


The XA Network (formerly Xoogler Angels) was founded in 2018 as an exclusive investment network comprising senior executives from leading global and regional technology companies. Our mission is to provide smart capital to early-stage companies across Southeast Asia. The XA podcast brings together voices from the ecosystem that powers early stage investing across this vibrant region. Our guests include entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and of course XA Network investors.

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