Jayomi Lokuliyana

The Co-Founder and Chief Executive of zMessenger has an ‘act before you think’ attitude that helps her see the method in the madness

What one word would describe you?
Compassionate

What inspires you?
Chaos – I always see amazing opportunities to invent through a window of chaos

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Island hopping in Greece

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Actually”

What was your favourite journey?
An impulse trip to Japan!!

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Empathy

What is your most marked characteristic?
My shoes

What is your most treasured possession?
My family, my home and zMessenger

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
Erin Brockovich

Which talent would you most like to have?
Hairstyling – I could not braid my own hair even when it was at knee length!

What is your greatest extravagance?
Also, shoes, in all heights and designs

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Nodding before thinking

What do you wish you had right now?
A pair of suede Venetian loafers

Where would you like to live?
In Sri Lanka, but maybe somewhere close to forests and hills

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My accommodating nature—sometimes, it takes a toll on me

What was one of your life-changing moments?
When I quit my job to start zMessenger while I was heavily pregnant

If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
I love my name, as it has the ‘OM’ sound, which is the original sound of the Universe

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
Singing while driving (I’m not the best vocalist)

What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
Love is blind

What was your favourite food as a child?
My mom’s bread pudding

When was the last time you tried something new, and what was it?
Yesterday. It was a new Yoga asana, and I almost twisted my ankle

What impact do you want to leave on the world?
To be remembered as an inspiration that people with average ability can achieve extraordinary things through persistence

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Pip from Great Expectations

What do you most value in your friends?
Their impulsiveness and creativity in dragging me out