Hearts in Taiwan

Bringing Taiwanese values to entrepreneurship with Carey Lai

March 11, 2022 Annie Wang and Angela Yu Season 2 Episode 3
Hearts in Taiwan
Bringing Taiwanese values to entrepreneurship with Carey Lai
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“Budget Conscious | Authentic Relationships | Integrity”—these values distinguish Conductive Ventures from other venture capital firms that hold the keys to which startups get funding in Silicon Valley. Our guest Carey Lai shares how his story and shared values with co-founder Paul Yeh have shaped their unique formula for investment that have led to a portfolio of companies that is two-thirds led by minorities and first-generation immigrants.

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Related episode: Hearts in Japan (Hearts in Taiwan S1E14)

About our guest:
Carey Lai is a Founding Member and Managing Director at Conductive Ventures which focuses on investments in the areas of software, hardware and technology enabled services.
Prior to Conductive Ventures, Carey spent over four years investing at Intel Capital. He also worked at Institutional Venture Partners and the Technology Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Carey has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and he graduated with a B.A. in International Economics from the University of California Los Angeles.


Carey's family history in Taiwan
Growing up Asian in Torrance, California
Beginning a career in the early 2000's
Immigrant values behind Conductive's investment philosophy
Challenging the bamboo ceiling
Lessons learned from raising a first independent round
An empathetic recognition of minority entrepreneurs
What's next for Conductive Ventures
Redefining the model of startup success in Silicon Valley
Lightning round!