My name is Donn Lee (and yes, that’s with a double “n”), and I’m from Singapore. I normally wouldn’t make such a big fuss out of being from Singapore, but it helps when there are other Donn Lees around and I want to be found on Google. If you want to contact me, you can do so via Google+ or LinkedIn.
I work and play at the intersection of business and information technology, constantly looking for ways to make full use of IT (i.e. Information AND Technology) in all aspects of business and life, whether it be Gmail Calendar hacking for personal productivity or Excel wizardry for financial modelling. Business and IT are too intertwined in my mind to think about separately.
I’m a huge fan of running, especially running through unexplored territories — my motto for travel is: if I haven’t run there, I haven’t been there.
I read and write extensively too (e.g. on edonn.com). My reading list’s mostly non-fiction (business titles, social science titles, Richard Dawkins, science, and more), but you’ll occasionally see the odd fiction piece creeping its way in (notably Kazuo Ishiguro, Richard Yates, and short story anthologies).
My taste in music is varied. Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, many other indie performers (Bon Iver and Jens Lekman spring to mind), the occasional classical (Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” just popped up). But let’s not get carried away with the high brow. I listen to Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and the various X-Factor contestants as much as the next guy. I think I’ve said too much.
Now, what else do I do? Yes, I’m a fan of fitness. Currently working on a muscle up — the pull-up that goes straight into push-up on the pull-up bar (update: 13 Jan, did a half-assed muscle up, but I’m getting there!) And the flag (a little tougher than the muscle up) where you hold yourself perpendicular to a vertical pole, like a pull-up only that you’re parallel to the ground. (Oh, and parkour. Love it. Can’t do it, but love it.)
I cook quite a bit too. Did a lot of it while living overseas (Perth) for a couple of years during University (see below on UWA). Used peanut butter for just about every dish (curry, bread, spring roll skins — on this last one, if you haven’t tried it, you haven’t lived. Man its good.) Added ginger to rice. And coconut milk. Followed recipes. Didn’t follow recipes. Baked, roasted, deep fried, stir fried, boiled, broiled, steamed. Everything really.
Back in Singapore cooked food’s so cheap I hardly cook any more. But each time I do it’s always fun.
My Education and my Work
So, a little about where I studied and where I’m currently work (and used to work). I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Commerce from the University of Western Australia (UWA) — a beautiful school, by the way — in 2008.
As of 2017, I’m currently the Head of Sales Operations, and leading an exciting analytics transformation for the organisation where machine learning will play an important part. I’ve also just completed my Master’s Degree in Technology (MTech) from NUS (National University of Singapore), specialising in Enterprise Business Analytics.
If you’re into personality testing, and in particular the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator, I’ve tested as an INTJ and an INFJ, with the T and F functions generally being 50% or close (personally I think I’m more “F” than “T” if that matters). Descriptions on the net that I’ve found on these two personality types do seem to describe how I see myself, so I’m cool with this stereotyping.
On Copyright and Using Stuff on eDonn.com
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eDonn.com is a platform for me to share my ideas. The things I write about follow my interests, and as such they are as diverse as my interests are vast. I hope that you find something useful here, even if it’s nothing more than a way to pass your time.