Carey Lai's Corner

A former lemonade stand entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist

So, You Think You Want to be a Stay-At-Home Dad…

I recently chatted with a friend of mine who said he wouldn’t mind being a stay at home Dad.  Soon after, I saw the following article asking the question whether … Continue reading

August 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

Jeremy Lin Knows He Will Always Have Doubters and Haters. So Will Startups…

Why do I love doing what I do?  I love proving people wrong.  It has been part of who I am ever since I was young.  You see, I was … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

I’m Taiwanese American, But Aren’t You Chinese American? By The Way, Thai Food Comes From Thailand not Taiwan

Many of my friends wonder why the discrepancy between Taiwanese American vs. Chinese American?  After all, you don’t hear people say Hong Kong American or Shanghai American.  Aren’t you all … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Didn’t Drop Out of Stanford and Start A Company…There’s Hope

I recently watched some highlights of Jeremy Lin experience a career high of 24 points in a game against the New Jersey Nets.  Who’s Jeremy Lin?  For those of you … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chinese Wall: It failed!

In business, people often use the term “Chinese Wall.”  If you’ve never heard of this before, the expression is often used when describing conflicts of interest.  For example, you might … Continue reading

February 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

A New Season

I realize that my last post was back in May 2011.  There is good reason for that.  I have some big news.  Drum roll please…I recently transitioned from my old … Continue reading

October 17, 2011 · 3 Comments

Part 1/4: Management

It’s always exciting for me to sit down w/ the CEO of a company and learn about his/her passion.  In that meeting, akin to an interview, you learn a lot. … Continue reading

May 2, 2011 · 2 Comments

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN INVESTING IN A COMPANY?

While this question is often difficult to quantify, it can be characterized by the following four criteria: Management, Market, Product, Deal (in order of importance).  In an effort not to … Continue reading

April 28, 2011 · 2 Comments

WHAT TYPE OF BACKGROUND MAKES A SUCCESSFUL VENTURE CAPITALIST?

Here’s a question I often receive from people interested in making a jump into venture capital.  Some of the responses I received early in career include prior start-up, investment, investment … Continue reading

April 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

TO MBA OR NOT TO MBA?

Recently, a colleague of mine received entrance to the most prestigious business school in the world – the Wharton School of Business (I’m biased, I went to Wharton).  My colleague … Continue reading

April 22, 2011 · 6 Comments