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Balancing the Grind with Jia Yng Wee, Co-Founder & COO at Cloudwall

Jia Yng Wee is the Co-Founder & COO at Cloudwall, a risk platform technology provider for digital assets based in NYC and Singapore.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I spent over 2 decades of my career in traditional finance, covering senior operations and business development roles across Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. 

I am currently co-founder, COO of Cloudwall, a NYC and SG based startup with a vision to deliver an institutional grade risk management system to the digital asset space. This is a huge difference from previous roles but I enjoy the journey to date and find it incredibly rewarding. 

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

No two days are the same, as the co-founder COO of a startup. I am required to execute and manage everything operationally, review the finances, and business development. To balance out my routine, I usually get up at 6am or earlier each day to check my mail before heading out for my morning exercise. I regularly meet with potential clients/investors/service providers/candidates to keep my pulse on the industry. 

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

Cloudwall is currently 100% remote. The teams in location meet weekly/ monthly in person. This enables me to navigate easily amongst client meetings, internal huddles and adequate time for the family and exercise. Plenty of flexibility but time management/discipline is critical in being successful.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Similar to our Company values, I subscribe to work life harmony. I learnt early on in life that it’s important to maintain the harmony between work and family as the hours/responsibilities in banking were extremely demanding. I was supported by my parents during the early years of my boys growing up. I travelled extensively and spent extended hours at work. I am extremely blessed with how the boys have grown to be responsible young adults. 

Finding passion and purpose is essential. As Mark Twain says “find a job that you enjoy doing you will never have to work a day in your life.” 

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

Walks. I simply have this injected almost daily in my life. It’s a great way to clear my head and also provides me the much needed inspiration for the opportunities/ challenges ahead. 

During my walks, I love listening to music and sermons from Trinity Christian Center and Cornerstone Community Church. 

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz was recommended to me by my co-founder and Think Again by Adam Grant.  

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

Google Calendar, it contains my diary of events and keeps me organised

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be? 

Jacinda Ardern and Sundar Pichai.

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

In order to be productive, it is important to first look after yourself.  Pause and connect with your emotions. Rethink the priorities and consider the alternatives. 

Most importantly, make decisions to do what’s right for you and your family. 

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.