Employee Spotlight: Q&A With Jason Dong, Vector’s lead Fund Controller

We are back with another employee spotlight! Meet Jason Dong, Vector’s lead Fund Controller. Jason is an incredible teammate and rising leader within the company, his patience and work ethic are next level. Working with Jason is a true pleasure, to get to know him on a personal level has been a treat! Read on to learn more!

What inspired you to work at Vector?

Throughout my career, I noticed a lot of organization in which efficiency was an afterthought and when ideas were brought up, they were quickly shot down without adequate consideration. I also saw the immense value of utilizing technology. So, when Matt approached me and told me that Vector was about to disrupt the market by designing effective workflows and building technology around it, I couldn’t say no!

What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn about?

I amassed a collection of over 75+ indoor plants in my small New York City apartment during the pandemic. They range from common house plants all the way to tropical plants found in Latin America and Asia. Growing up in Vancouver, Canada I was always surrounded by nature and wanted to mimic that as much as I could in my surrounding.

How do you enjoy your breaks during the workday?

Did I mention I have a lot of plants? I know it may sound crazy, but watering plants can be meditative. I think getting up and moving around not only relaxes the body but reenergizes the mind. So, in addition to taking care of my plants during my breaks, I like to stretch or take short walks outside.

What skill do you think everyone should learn?

Mindfulness. With the world we live in today, it’s challenging sometimes to let go of the past or stop worrying about the future. I believe practicing mindfulness by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, no matter how short, can provide relief in the pressures we face day in and day out.

What’s the best advice you can give to someone who wants to work with us?

Be a team player. Working at a startup can be challenging and sometimes require all hands-on deck, so rallying together in these trying times with people willing to work together, makes it a lot easier.

About Vector

Vector AIS is a next-generation fund administrator and technology company for closed-end investment funds.

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Molly Yakubian

Chief Operating Officer

Based in Boston, Molly has spent her career in the alternative investment industry, both as a consultant advising fund managers on regulatory compliance matters, and in business development roles working with managers to solve challenges related to compliance, technology, performance, ESG, cybersecurity and risk, and back office outsourcing. Molly graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in finance and is a CAIA Level II candidate.

Having worked both in-house at a private equity shop, as well as in consultative roles with hundreds of managers across a wide spectrum of industry challenges, Molly developed a passion for problem-solving, a commitment to enablement, and ambition for creating synergies between fund managers and service providers.

When not working, Molly spends her time with her two young children, and their family rescue dog, Lani, whom she loves to take for trail runs.

Matthew Wheeler

Founder & CEO

Matt is an alternative investment industry veteran with a passion for helping others – whether it’s assisting fund managers operate their funds, investors track their investments, team members develop their careers or service providers expand their practice. Matt and his team are working hard to build an industry-leading technology solution that brings these parties together.

An Ontario, Canada native, Matt graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in business. He went on to earn the CPA designation before spending time in the Cayman Islands auditing alternative investment funds. Prior to starting Vector AIS (Alternative Investment Services), Matt was a director in the San Francisco office of a premier closed-end fund administrator where he led teams administering various investment strategies, including some of the biggest names in the venture capital industry.

Matt is obsessed with efficiency and enjoys designing elegant solutions to complex problems. He is an adventure seeker who loves hitting the slopes and single-track bike trails. He’s also into adventure travel, including jungle hiking and street food tours. In his down time, he likes to cook or read a book. Matt is currently based out of San Francisco.