Jessie Lam is a passionate and active tech investor internationally, with a focus on data-driven technologies. As Partner & COO of Parameter Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm, she invests in early stage entreprise investments. Previously as CFO at Brinc, a venture accelerator, Jessie managed the global investment strategy and financial governance for the company, raised and invested capital for 3 investment funds worldwide, and served on the Investment Committee. We managed to track her down for an interview ahead of our 2019 New York Bravest Conference, October 10.
What’s your golden rule?
Follow your instincts. Your intuition may have picked up on something you have not been able to articulate yet.
Who has been your biggest influence?
My husband of 11 years. He pushes me. He supports me. He believes in me. I would not be alive, survived my mental illness or have found my passion without his strength and influence.
What is your most hated business expression?
'Feel free to disagree with me.' In my experience, women tend to say this after we state a strong thought and then try to soften or apologize for our opinion. We don’t need it. Let’s drop this phrase and own our ideas.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?
I spoke very publicly at TEDx about my battle with depression one month before I left my job, moved to a different country, and had to determine the next step in my career. My talk is the first link you find when you google my name. I weighed the benefits of sharing my story versus the realities of a job search in venture capital in New York. Utlimately, I decided that depression is a part of who I am and I would rather work with partners who understand, rather than judge me for it.
What’s your favourite word?
Tell us a secret?
I took a 6 month sabbatical and trained as a pastry chef.
Jessie is speaking at our New York Bravest Conference, October 10.