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This session on fashion features Kyle Vucko (Indochino) and Alexis Maybank (Gilt Groupe). Harish Bahl (Smile Interactive) moderates.
Harish Bahl is a seasoned serial entrepreneur in the digital media space. A computer science engineering graduate, he founded Smile Interactive Technologies Group (SITG) in 1999. Amongst India's first internet business solutions companies, just within a decade, SITG has developed extremely successful businesses with JV partners like WPP and Yahoo! SITG's portfolio companies include: Quasar (India's largest digital media and e-business solutions company co-owned by WPP), Tyroo (the largest display ad-network in India co-owned by Yahoo!), Zoomtra (India's leading travel search engine), Zumtra (travel technology products and services company), and StudioSmile (an incubator program that incubates and accelerates digital business ideas).
His most recent ventures include Squad Digital and FashionAndYou. Squad Digital is one of the largest specialist integrated digital marketing agency in East & Central Africa. FashionAndYou is an innovative fast growing e-commerce private sales club model setup in association with international brand alliances.
He is Ex-Chairman of Digital Agencies Committee of IAMAI. Bahl was awarded "Udyog Rattan" by Institute of Economic Studies for "Outstanding Performance and Contribution Towards the Industrial Development of the Country" while an "Excellence Award" was presented to SITG for "Excellence in Productivity, Quality, Innovation and Management."
Alexis Maybank has dedicated her career to building and launching innovative and compelling online ecommerce experiences for consumers.
In 2007, Maybank founded and served as the founding CEO of Gilt Groupe, which provides access, by invitation only, to coveted fashion brands at prices up to 70 percent off retail.
Kyle Vucko is the CEO of Indochino, a leading online men's custom made suiting company with headquarters in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Shanghai, China. Vucko co-founded Indochino with his close friend and business partner Heikal Gani while pursuing a commerce degree at the University of Victoria, Canada in 2006.
Vucko has since led Indochino through multiple financing rounds, growing the company from a student startup to the premier global brand with clients in over 40 countries. Overseeing the Vancouver office, Vucko spearheads the sales, marketing, and PR divisions of Indochino.
Wondering why Gilt Groupe's online fashion and luxury brand sales only last 36 hours?
Co-founder Alexis Maybank says limited availability adds "excitement and urgency" to the shopping experience. "People literally do come to our site and make a purchase in under five minutes," she boasts.