Doing good and generating returns are not mutually exclusive, says Rebekah Lin

SINGAPORE (Aug 19): Rebekah Lin remembers the time when she started working at her father’s private equity firm Tembusu Partners. She was 25 and had no relevant experience but plenty of enthusiasm. One of her first tasks was to persuade investors to put their money in Tembusu’s funds. After six months of trying, she had to admit defeat. “I was really bad at it,” she tells The Edge Singapore in a recent interview.

Nine years later, Lin is better at her job. She has convinced quite a few people to cough up funds for other causes. She is co-founder of The Social Co, a company that helps to raise money for lesser-known charities such as Care Corner, which operates a youth centre in Teck Ghee, and Caregivers Alliance, which supports the carers of people with mental illness. She is also marketing and strategy director at FundedHere, an equity- and lending-based crowdfunding platform co-founded by her brother Daniel Lin. In addition, she runs her family foundation called Jia Foundation, which was set up in 2013. Jia’s beneficiaries include Bizlink Centre, a non-profit organisation that provides skills training and job assessments for people with disabilities. And, she helps to manage investor relations at Tembusu on an ad-hoc basis.

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