Interview by Jessica W. Lam from Kaiterra

Building an IoT Product in China
with a Globally Distributed Team

Jess​​​​ica W. Lam

   Co-Founder, Kaiterra 




  • Building a global team of the best people possible 
  • The Chinese firewall & challenges for international businesses
  • Managing people in 7 different time zones
  • Communication & collaboration preferences across borders


Jessica Lam, Co-Founder of Kaiterra, is a CA, CPA and in 2017 she was recognized as Forbes 30 under 30. She moved to Beijing from Vancouver in 2014 and co-founded Kaiterra, an IoT startup with a mission to monitor and map the world’s air.

Kaiterra's Laser Egg smart air quality monitor (AQM) is available in Apple Stores across China and now available in over 15 countries. In April 2017, Kaiterra launched the Laser Egg 2 and Laser Egg 2+ featuring Apple HomeKit technology and TVOC (volatile organic compounds) monitoring. Jessica manages Kaiterra's globally distributed team from her base in Beijing.