"I just wanted to work hard and do well because I wanted to make my family proud. And one thing led to another," she said.
Grain recently received $14m in Series B funding and its co-founder and CEO Yong Yi Sung said what's most important is for the company to have a people-first culture.
Their online marketplace is valued at US$550 million, but Carousell's co-founders tell ST executive editor Sumiko Tan that what they do is not just a business but also a mission.
His Super X-Fi audio technology has been slaying the naysayers.
Today, BreadTalk Group - where Mr Quek is founder and chairman - has nearly 1,000 stores spread over 100 cities in 17 countries. It is aiming to have 2,000 by 2022.
While Asia remains her focus - she intends to seek out Jakarta and Hong Kong next - it's important to have a presence in Western fashion capitals, she says.
The founder of the gaming company attributes his success to his parents, and talks about his insane drive to be the best.
She may be just 33 and co-founder of S-E Asia's most exciting start-up, but Tan Hooi Ling is bent on staying humble and grounded.