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Future 50 star: Made.com

The future is connecting buyers with manufacturers. Introducing Made.com.
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The company: Made.com

The boss: Ning Li 

Made.com cuts out the middlemen in the furniture business, so homeowners can buy sofas, tables, chairs and lights directly from Asian and European manufacturers. Founder Ning Li got funding from Lastminute.com’s Brent Hoberman and three other high-profile VCs, and launched in March 2010. Turnover is £7m and growing at 30 per cent a month. A new feature will boost that figure: users can vote on designs to commission new products. No wonder Habitat went bust.

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