Carey Lai's Corner

A former lemonade stand entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist

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

HOW HAS THE LATE STAGE VC LANDSCAPE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?

I like to tell people that I started investing in late stage companies before it was cool.  In 2004, there were only a handful of firms focused on later-stage investing … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · Leave a comment