A Modern-Day Matchmaker
with Violet Lim
Violet Lim is a mother, entrepreneur, and modern-day matchmaker. Today on the EO Podcast, Violet discusses her dating services, how she started her business at 24, how she came across the idea of Lunch Click app, why single female entrepreneurs struggle to find a match, and how she juggles her businesses and her own personal life. Tune in to learn why Violet’s desk is on the opposite side of the office from her husband’s, how she sets up monthly “dates” of her own, and how she’s already making an impact on the next generation (hint: babies!).
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Violet saw a business opportunity in the competitive world where the lives of busy professionals revolve around work and the boardroom. Further observation of her family, friends, and colleagues who complained about having little time for love due to their busy schedules convinced Violet even more and led her to set up her own matchmaking company called Lunch Actually in 2004 with her then fiancé, now husband Mr. Jamie Lee.
Today, Lunch Actually is Asia’s biggest premier lunch dating company with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Bangkok with the largest lunch dating membership base. Together with Jamie, Violet also founded Esync and LunchClick to fill the gap in the market for trusted online and offline dating service platforms. Lunch Actually Academy is established to provide singles with Dating and Image Consultancy, and Peerage provides high-end matchmaking services for clients who are the crème de la crème of leading professionals.
The first Asian to be certified by the Matchmaking Institute in New York City, Violet has gained tremendous insight into the dating and matchmaking industry and is a pioneer in her field. She has appeared in over 2500 media coverages in top magazines, television, and radio, and featured in local and international media such as The Straits Times, ABC News 20|20, CNBC Asia, BBC, Bloomberg, and Radio Australia. She was also featured in Singapore’s National Day video in 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people.
Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart cum business partner Jamie, and they have two young children, Corum and Cara. Having been blessed with a fulfilling marriage and enriching family life, Violet’s life goal is to create 1 million happy marriages through the works of Lunch Actually Group.
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