Founder, Coffee Ventures
Eddy Lee, PhD, has invested in and supported more than 50 startups, predominantly in the US, Singapore and Indonesia. His interest areas include technologies in the financial and health sectors, IoT, artificial intelligence, and marketplace technologies. He relocated from the Silicon Valley to Southeast Asia and co-founded Coffee Ventures to tackle unmet needs in emerging markets. The early stage fund focuses on people development, product-market fit, and product distribution in markets such as Indonesia and Myanmar.
At Stanford University, Eddy mentors at the StartX incubator, and was formerly a consulting professor. During his career at Stanford, Singapore and Australia, he devised medical imaging technology for visualizing stem cell migration and therapy. Eddy used to design semiconductor chips at Marvell, a NASDAQ-listed Southeast Asia success story which he hopes his portfolio startups could one day emulate. Eddy completed a fellowship at Stanford University, and holds a Ph.D in Bioengineering and a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering.
According to McKinsey, up to 800 million people, or 30% of the global workforce, may be displaced from their jobs over the next 13 years. Self-driving vehicles, no longer an “if” but “when”, will wipe out thousands of driving jobs. Such replacement of manual jobs is further exacerbated by human-beating A.I. that threatens aspects of accounting, legal, finance and other white-collared jobs. Sounds scary? The good news is that history has always shown that such fears arising from technological innovations are largely unfounded. As with previous technological shifts, machines increase overall efficiency, which means there is an opportunity for workers (and adult educators) to adopt new skills. This new skills space is where forward-thinking learning professionals must explore, as possibilities abound for new business models, products and services.