What Matters To Me: Kelvin Lee
In the What Matters To Me series, a Generation T honouree describes what they do, why they do it, and why it matters.
Kelvin Lee is trying to change the landscape of capital markets for the next generation of investors and entrepreneurs in the region. Fundnel, the private investment platform he co-founded in 2015 and has taken into six countries across Asia-Pacific as CEO, provides a network of more than 10,000 investors and partners with unprecedented access to privately owned companies. Here, he describes his work in his own words.
See also: What Matters To Me: Balli Kaur Jaswal
At Fundnel, we encourage people to speak their mind. I welcome opposing views because this can lead to creative solutions for achieving our goals. However, we make sure that our culture never becomes aggressive in a way that harms the team’s morale. We want people to challenge ideas but not put each other down.
Knowing that I have limited energy and attention span in a day, I’m very disciplined about prioritising what I focus on at work. So every morning, I identify the most important items on my to do list and simply make sure I complete each of them well.
One of Fundnel’s most memorable setbacks was failing to get our financial licence in Malaysia about a year and a half after our inception. But we quickly picked ourselves up, and after 203,000 hours of blood, sweat and tears—yes, we counted—we finally obtained it in late 2018.
My least favourite word in the dictionary is luck. I believe a part of your success regrettably relies on luck and not whether you’ve worked hard or are smart enough. And because it’s beyond anyone’s control, I’m not a fan of it
— Kelvin Lee
Becoming an entrepreneur has been a journey of self discovery. I’ve had to be very honest with myself about my strengths and weaknesses, and learn to delegate tasks to those better suited to do them. I’ve also come to know when to take on more work and how it can make the difference between success and failure.
My ideal world would be one where people have a greater tolerance and acceptance for others who are different from them.
My least favourite word in the dictionary is luck. I believe a part of your success regrettably relies on luck and not whether you’ve worked hard or are smart enough. And because it’s beyond anyone’s control, I’m not a fan of it.
See honourees from the Finance & Venture Capital category of the Gen.T List 2019.