Katherine Pei founded Latticespace, a unified intranet with intelligent chatbot for companies to enable people across all industries better communication at work.
What’s your story?
I started my life as an entrepreneur a year ago in Hong Kong. It took a lot of courage and hard work to make things happen. After graduating university with a degree in Advertising, I started my career as a corporate communication professional at organisations across finance, real estate, retail and the manufacturing sectors. The longer I was in the industry, the deeper I realised the existing communication platform is too traditional and even ineffective. So I founded Latticespace, a unified Intranet with intelligent chatbot for companies. Our vision is to enable better communication by innovation and technology. Find out more at www.latticespace.com
What excites you most about your industry?
To make people work better and happier. Communication is the bridge to connect people together, no matter what industry or country you are in. At Latticespace, we believe that an innovative communication platform helps people work closer, faster and better together.
What’s your connection to Asia?
Born in mainland China and educated in Hong Kong, I grew up with a natural and tight connection to Asia. Witnessing the rapid growth of Asia’s startup ecosystem, I see nowhere else is a better place to build a startup. After gaining foothold in Hong Kong, Latticespace will expand to other Asian regions in the coming year, such as mainland China and Singapore.
Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Definitely Hong Kong, an amazing and vibrant city. As an international business hub, Hong Kong has a well established tax system, operating environment and rule of law, which altogether makes it a perfect starting point for any new business.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Be prepared; be perseverant; be patient. No matter what challenges you are facing in life or at work, bearing in mind that success is not overnight.
Who inspires you?
Elon Musk. His entrepreneurial spirit always inspires me to keep trying. ‘Failure is an option. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.’
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Humans can distinguish between at least a trillion smells.
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have started my entrepreneur career earlier, tried different ideas and embraced more challenges and fun.
How do you unwind?
Travel around the world. Meeting new people and exploring new cultures make me feel refreshed.
Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Phuket, beautiful sea and beautiful people.
Everyone in business should read this book:
Zero to One by Peter Thiel.
Shameless plug for your business:
Latticespace is a unified Intranet with an intelligent chatbot for companies, enabling better collaboration and communication.
With comprehensive features such as threaded conversations, enterprise-friendly file repository, company-wide calendar/event management, e-forms, unified team directory and more, Latticespace brings your teams together to work better. It is your awesome team’s centralised digital workspace, setup without the burden of in-house IT support or infrastructure maintenance.
Latticespace is also the first and only social Intranet seamlessly integrated with multiple Slack teams with intelligent chatbot. It replaces the many integrations you would otherwise need on Slack, making it an ideal add-on to instantly bring Slack into the enterprise environment.
This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:
Callum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.
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