Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee

Entrepreneur, 38

From offering advertising services to selling sommelier-selected wines, Jackie Lee’s businesses under investment holding company Kyosei Ventures — where he is managing partner — may seem an odd mix. But Lee explains they share a common objective: To show clients how to “leverage on new media and digital technology for both personal and work use.” For instance, his advertising agency, clickTrue, provides services such as social media marketing, while wine retailer The French Cellar lets customers order wine online. Lee hopes his companies can break new ground in this Internet era — somewhat like “a ‘digital utilities group’ where anyone with a digital initiative will require [our] services or advice.” Always an intrepid entrepreneur, Lee also co-founded the online portal HardwareZone.com with four friends in 1998. The joy of running a start-up, fuels him each day, he explains. “[It is] the diversity, the creating something out of nothing, the people I meet in the course of work and my other founders who share a common goal — that inspires me the most.”