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#34: Desmond Lim — Co-Founder of Workstream, Harvard & MIT Graduate, and Immigrant Success Story

What the mind can conceive and believe - it can achieve.

Desmond Lim is co-founder and CEO of Workstream, an automated hiring platform for companies hiring hourly workers.

He is a graduate of Harvard and MIT Media Lab, former product manager at WeChat, and investor at Dorm Room Fund. He was named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40, and was honored by Ernst and Young as an entrepreneur of the year finalist.

He is based in San Francisco and lived in Palo Alto with his wife and two young daughters.

Connect with Desmond Lim: 

LinkedIn | Workstream

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Quotes From The Interview

  • “What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” - Desmond Lim

  • “I believe in the democratization of technology for the deskless workforce. - Desmond Lim

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Show Notes

  • [00:00:00] Introduction to Desmond Lim

  • [00:02:27] Growing up in Singapore and parents’ example shaped Desmond today

  • [00:06:31] Lessons his parents instilled in him

  • [00:07:31] Importance of taking hard work seriously growing up

  • [00:09:03] Grateful to have made it to the U.S.

  • [00:10:36] Favorite failure and the challenges along the way and how he approached it

  • [00:14:32] Workstream is about his seventh company, learning ins and outs of business

  • [00:18:36] What is the one thing that you encourage founders to do?

  • [00:21:50] Vision for Workstream

  • [00:25:55] What do you share to inspire your team?

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