Violet Lim is the co-founder and CEO of Lunch Actually, the largest dating company in South East Asia, which started humbly in Singapore. Since 2004, Lunch Actually has acquired 5 companies and now have offices in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Bangkok. She is also the CEO of esync, an online-to-offline dating platform and LunchClick, a dating app that prides itself on disallowing the messaging function.
Violet is also the president of Matchmaking Institute in Singapore and President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Singapore. She is also the first Asian to be certified by the Matchmaking Institute, United States (New York).
When Singapore was looking to solve the falling birth rates’ issue, she is one of the “go-to” person to discuss the topic.
In this conversation, we spoke about
- How to increase the odds of successful dates
- How Violet kickstarted Lunch Actually
- Violet’s advice on when to commit to a marriage
- and much more!
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.
Why is Violet Lim always wearing purple? [0:00:47]
How did Violet Lim meet Jamie? [0:03:19]
What was the vision of Lunch Actually when it first started? [0:09:13]
Why did Violet decide to change her degree of study midway? [0:12:36]
How did Violet get her first round of investment, $150K for Lunch Actually? [0:18:48]
As a manager, how does Violet strike the balance between being firm and friendly? [0:24:21]
What is the process that Violet uses to find and hire great people? [0:30:36]
Violet Lim shares Lunch Actually subsidiary services?[0:39:18]
When did Violet take the stance of “abundance”? [0:48:17]
How did Violet grow her company through acquisition [0:52:00]
Why beautiful and successful woman finish last in dating? [0:57:08]
Violet Lim shares insight about “Lust at first sight” [1:10:23]
Violet Lim shares advice to increase your dating odds [1:21:08]
What are questions that one should ask themselves before “starting to date”? [1:25:58]
What are some interesting data Lunch Actually collected? [1:30:58]
What are some yardsticks to measure before one commits to a marriage? [1:38:34]
How should one think of divorce? [1:45:38]
How did Violet Lim maintain the relationship with Claire Chiang? [1:50:38]
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Big thank you to Violet Lim. Until next time!