SINGAPORE (Oct 3): David Lee, CEO of IYUNO Media Group, was told that his business of providing dubbing and subtitling for movies and videos is one that won’t fly in the US, especially for a non-American. He wasn’t deterred. “Everyone told me, [there’s] no way an Asian businessman can make it in the US,” he recalls in an interview with The Edge Singapore.

Lee chose to forge ahead. IYUNO’s US office was opened within three nights and the company has been winning contracts there ever since. “I am a believer in instinct,” he says. Lee has gone on to build a global market leader in this business, attracting an investment of US$24 million ($33 million) from Softbank Ventures for a 25% stake.

On Oct 3, Lee was named Entrepreneur Of The Year at the 18th edition of this awards, organised by professional services firm EY. He was earlier named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Digital Media Supply Chain.

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