Carey Lai's Corner

A former lemonade stand entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist

LUMA Capital Partners Invests in Blueshift, Pioneer in Segment-of-One Marketing

A major challenge marketers face is delivering the right message to the right person at the right time as the number of channels continues to grow. What is needed to … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

How The Latest Unicorn is Changing The Social Landscape

Accompanying SlideShare Presentation Back in 2006, Facebook had not opened up its platform beyond colleges and really had not focused on monetization yet. However, it was abundantly clear that targeted … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Business Plan To A Billion Bucks – My Story of Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam

Kevin Chou – CEO of Kabam                 Last week, Kabam announced a $120M strategic investment from Alibaba, which values the company at more than a $1 Billion.  Oh yeah!  That’s … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

How You Too Can Jazz Up Your Boring Black Luggage

What’s interesting about this post is that it has nothing to do with venture capital or start-ups.  Over Christmas break, I decided to make a YouTube video because I never … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Are VCs More Important Than Their Firms?

All too often, I meet entrepreneurs who have star envy when they meet with top-tier venture firms such as Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark, etc.  And, all too often, they fail … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Is the Greatest Lie Ever Told?

Ask a VC and he’ll tell you that it’s the myth of venture capital being an easy business. Fred Wilson recently wrote an insightful post on this phenomenon, by showing exactly … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment


In an article that appeared last week, Sprinklr announced that Intel Capital has led their Series B financing.  I will be joining the Board of Directors, alongside Battery Ventures and … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie – Part 2/4: Markets

There is a well known children’s book called If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which is a story about a chain reaction of events once you give a mouse … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Are You All In?

As I was playing poker with a couple of buddies last weekend and I lost my initial buy-in (don’t worry, it wasn’t the $1M Big ONE tournament (, I realized … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Online Solutions to Offline Problems (Cherry Carwash)

One of the areas I love investing in is finding online solutions to offline problems.  I often do a lot of product testing as an early adopter of these types … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment