A simple desire to make the world a better place has motivated Jeremy Lee on to grow his business in the area of Smart Cities and AI.
What’s your story?
My journey began as a club DJ before learning the ropes in event & entertainment management services. Only after years of experience did I venture into setting up my own agency and working with top advertising agencies and corporates as my clients.
With aspirations and dreams to make Malaysia and the world a better place to live, I ventured into the world of Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence. This began my journey with Qlue in 2016.
For the past 15 years, I have also been known as a Whisky Specialist conducting whisky tastings & appreciations around the region (till now).
What excites you most about your industry?
In the world of Smart Cities and AI, the ability to always evolve and create product needs to satisfy a void in the safety & security sector, using technology to advance workflow management systems, reducing operational expenses and increase productivity for corporate clients and finally helping Governments around the word by bridging the communication gap between them and the citizens.
What drives you in business to push beyond what other people consider normal?
We would want to keep overheads and expenses at a minimum for clients but at the same time be able to provide them with the ability to take advantage of the offerings that comes in a package as compared to what is offered in the market. Our team is constantly developing better learning technologies that will help improve our AI in order to facilitate the needs of corporate clients and Governments around the world. Our value is also to ensure that our clients have productive day to day operations and are able to make the right decision on the fly.
What have been the most useful skills you have learnt and applied in your journey?
My strength is really in my ability to share and talk on any platform, be it one on one or to tens of thousands of people. I have learned to adapt with the flow and be agile when the moment is required and that has helped me share our business with many. However, I have learnt that listening is just as important as having the ability to speak or convince because when you listen to the needs of many, you are able to cater and provide solutions to real scenarios.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
To accept that there’s no such thing as rejection or failure. It’s just part of the journey to accept, understand and improve oneself for the better. When one has had experience in this, s/he will be focused and ready to take on the challenge once again when the time arises.
Who inspires you?
My son! He comes from a different generation from how I was raised and learning to raise him requires very different skills and techniques. Often when he gets schooled by me, I end up learning a little bit more about the way that I should teach or guide him. I tend to ask myself questions and to understand why he would act the way that he does and this method puts me in his position which allows me to open and broaden my mind to the other party, resulting in respect for each other.
What have you learnt recently that blew you away?
That life is too short! Realizing that nothing lasts forever is one of the keys to lasting happiness and peace. Anything can happen between this very second and the next and we must be adaptable to changes but more importantly learn to appreciate the life that we are blessed with. A famous Stoic philosopher – Epictetus once said “To make the best of what is in our power, and take the rest as it occurs.”
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would take up psychology studies as it was something that I saw myself doing but if it’s about character, I would want to create a better and happier self with my family. To me happiness was always measured by the financial success I achieved but with a journey of this sort, it has instead led me to much unhappiness along the way and I realise that happiness is created not based on materialistic gains or access to an amount of money, but the people that matter most in my life.
How do you unwind?
Having a glass of whisky with friends, a round of golf (though it’s never helped me relax but stresses me more instead) and off to an island for some Vitamin Sea and Sun.
What is a major mindset change, belief shift or ‘ah ha’ moment that you’ve experienced in relation to your business?
I never take NO as an answer from anyone nor give NO as an answer to our clients. This allows me to push the limits whereby all avenues must be totally exhausted before saying NO or conceding to a task. Going out of my way to achieve something gives great meaning and satisfaction and I expect my team to do the same before replying with a NO to anything.
Everyone in business should read this book:
“How To Fail” by Elizabeth Day.
It reveals that failure is not what defines us; rather it is how we respond to it that shapes us as individuals.
Because learning how to fail is actually learning how to succeed better.
Shameless plug for your business:
If you check any of the following boxes, Qlue is your solution.
1. Requires safety and security.
2. Requires smarter CCTV for face recognition, license plate recognition, behaviour recognition etc.
3. Increase Productivity, Efficiency and Accountability for the Organization, Staffs and Customers.
4. Bridge the communication gap between Government to Government, Government to Citizens, Day to Day Business Operations.
5. Help build Smart Cities around the world.
6. Wants everything above and affordable.
How can people connect with you?
Social Media Links?
This interview is part of the CallumConnects series.