What advice would you offer to women
just starting out in the industry?
Focus on developing self-awareness
early. Understand and be expressive
about what benefits you can deliver to
your employer, the industry, and seek
out opportunities to demonstrate your
strengths but also to develop and grow.
Do not underestimate how much your
value-add evolves and increases exponentially with your growing experience.
As a woman in finance, yes, of course,
be cognizant of potential biases, but
most of all, do not let being a woman
ever be a chip on your shoulder. Your
glass is not “half empty”. It may be a
different glass, but it is completely full.
Once you embrace that, and you are
fully comfortable with and cognizant
of your skills and the value you bring
to the table, you should totally forget
you are a woman and just get on with
it. The sooner you realize this, the more
you can focus on achieving your full
peers, family, friends, and mentees. Everybody has something to offer. You can
and should offer something to the next
person. Build that community of support
by helping others. Your eco-system ends
up defining you much more than you
What do you think the industry could
do to attract and retain the best and the
It is key to make the most of your work
force’s disparate skills, diverse backgrounds and perspectives. At InterNex
Capital, we hold regular brainstorming
sessions to tap the creativity, expertise
and insights of our team members. We
strive to continually engage and challenge them, encouraging them to stretch,
to try something different and go outside
their comfort zone. We’ll create leadership opportunities in cross-functional
projects for that purpose. We also believe
in the importance of giving back to our
community and we create opportunities
for our employees to find their cause to
support. Most of all, people want to work
with colleagues they like and respect.
“Nice” is a heavily under-appreciated
word — and rarely used to describe the
workplace in our industry. I am proud to
say that we strive to build a “nice” culture
here at InterNex Capital.
What do you know now that you wish
you knew in the beginning of your
The most important business relationships you’ll have later on in your career
were forged during the earlier days of
your career. Cherish those relationships.
Go out for drinks with your friends, and,
yes, do grab coffee with the person you
enjoyed working with during that last
transaction. It regularly surprises me
how many of those long-time friends
have subsequently turned out to become
invaluable strategic relationships. Trust
goes a long way in our industry.
What kind of role has mentoring and/or
sponsorship played in your career?
I am the grateful beneficiary of the time
and generosity that many friends, family,
colleagues, mentors and sponsors have
showered onto me along the way. I did
not make the big decisions in my career
— ranging from my move from Australia
to the US in the late ‘90s to my leaving
an established financial institution to
co-found InterNex Capital in 2015 — all by
myself. My early mentors — ranging from
Duke, Simpson Thacher and GE Capital—
remain dear friends, and in some cases
business partners and investors today.
Do not undervalue the insight and input
you can garner from industry experts,
COO & Head of Capital Markets
in is the co-founder, COO & head of Capital Markets at InterNex Capital.
InterNex Capital is an asset-based digital lender specializing in revolv-
ing lines of credit up to $5 million for small and mid-sized businesses. Lin is
a seasoned structured finance/capital markets executive and business
leader with over 20 years global experience.
Prior to launching InterNex Capital in 2015, Lin was managing director at GE Capital,
where she held various senior leadership roles for just under a decade and received
multiple awards for growth. Prior to GE Capital, Lin was a transactional lawyer at
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (NY), De Brauw (Netherlands) and Freehills (Australia),
covering private equity, leveraged/corporate finance and capital markets. Lin serves
on the Duke Law Board of Visitors where she received the 2015 Alumni Award, and is
a founding member of the Duke Law International Advisory Board. Lin was formerly
co-champion of GE Capital’s Asian Women initiative and has recently joined CFA’s
Women in Commercial Finance Committee. She holds an LLM from Duke University,
an LLB (with honors) and a BCom (accounting and economics double major) from
Sydney University (Australia). Lin has lived in four continents, worked in three countries, and speaks five different languages. She lives in Manhattan with her husband
and her two children.