You would probably miss Jenny Tam at one of the off-beat restaurants in Lan Kwai Fong, but if you happened to meet her at one of the commercial areas in Central, she would make your head turn. You would not be able to resist taking a second look at her expressive face and be drawn to her strong personality, a stark contrast to her petite build. While others are busy setting up Internet companies, she decided to find a solution to helping these companies survive. So she co-founded e2-Capital, which is listed on the Hong Kong stock market. In less than 15 months, e2-Capital has grown from a small partnership of three to a company which employs more than 150 people. Her strong personality and achievements would probably intimidate potential suitors but her passion remains in the financial world. The 37-year-old is always on the move, looking for new things to do. Her latest preoccupation is with e2-Capital, which provides financial and business advisory services to corporations in the Internet and technology sectors. 'Only five out of a 100 of these dotcom companies will survive, and we want to extend our skills to help those potential companies thrive,' she said. She acknowledges she is 'no tech junkie', and never thought she would do anything related to this new wave of the technology craze until she met Paul Klein - the co-founder of CNET, one of the world's leading news media companies - during a scuba diving trip. Mr Klein suggested an alternative to starting an Internet company would be to use her financial expertise to provide services to these firms. 'A lot of time, it is fate. I just happened to be there at the right time. If I hadn't met [Paul Klein], I would probably be still stuck with the previous company as I was doing well there,' she said. Ms Tam started her career as an investment fund manager with HSBC Private Equity and switched to equity research with Kim Eng Securities before starting e2-Capital. 'I love investment and picking up good companies and to help them grow. I like the constant change and challenge, and what I can learn in six months will probably take others a lifetime,' she said. Ms Tam is confident . . . a trait she attributes to her business achievements. 'Sometimes, things happen faster than expected, but I handle them well and confidence is built up when you achieve different things,' she said. She does not doubt her abilities and believes that a woman should enjoy being a woman, especially when she has beauty and brains. 'I don't want to be a man. Even in my next life, I would still choose to be a woman. Many women don't realise their assets and some try to behave like men.' Ironically, the risk and excitement of the financial world pulled her to the high-technology world, traditionally considered a male bastion. She has never felt discriminated against because of her gender. Men would probably not think of confronting the svelte Ms Tam at the negotiating table. But she is mentally strong despite looking sweet and vulnerable. 'Men tend to have strong egos but they will listen to women. If you take a soft approach, they are more willing to listen to your suggestions. I keep calm although women do not confront men that much. There is a feminine edge.' A young-looking 37, she is fun to be with despite her success. And she is in no great hurry to get married. The reason: Ms Tam believes in giving 100 per cent of her attention and resources to things she does, and she is strongly focused on her work. But when Mr Right comes along she would not hesitate in settling down. 'I am very preoccupied with work, friends and activities, but I do want to have a relationship in the future.' What about Hong Kong men? She says some still think it is socially acceptable to have a wife and girlfriend. Younger Hong Kong males appeal to her, after ending a relationship with a man four years younger than her. 'I like guys who look young, boyish and are adventurous. I don't like mature-looking guys as they tend to be boring. And I am young at heart,' she says. Ms Tam is an only child, but she is seldom lonely, having plenty of friends. Her six dogs, sports activities and a rich social life keep her busy. 'I would not be a good 'tai-tai' as my husband would not find enough things to keep me busy,' she said. Her university schoolmate at University of Southern California, Lily Chiang, is a person she looks up to. 'She is someone I met at school who has inspired me since. She helped to build her father's business and is now successful and active in community service and trade organisations.' Ms Tam likes travelling around the world and exploring. 'I am a risk-taker and I do not plan things five or 10 years ahead. 'I also believe that tomorrow will be a better day and the bad things will go away,' she said. Having lived in the United States for a third of her life, she never thought she would like to emigrate to another country, let alone Australia which looked too remote. But after visiting the country, she changed her mind and now would not mind emigrating Down Under. 'I would consider Australia as it is only a few hours' flight away and there are so many outdoor activities there, such as hiking and scuba diving.' She still has plenty to do though and will decide on that later.