Carey Lai

Managing Director, Conductive Ventures
Wharton alumni

Carey Lai is a founding team member and Managing Director at Conductive Ventures, a $100M enterprise software and hardware fund. He leads the firm’s software investments where he specializes in software as a service (SaaS). Carey has over 15 years of venture capital and technology experience.

Prior to Conductive Ventures, Carey spent over 4 years investing at Intel Capital focused on Internet and enterprise software companies. His portfolio included 500Friends (acquired by Dentsu), Box (BOX), BrightEdge, Gigya (acquired by SAP), Kabam (acquired by Netmarble), Nexmo (acquired by Vonage), Onefinestay (acquired by AccorHotels), Sprinklr, and SweetLabs.

Prior to Intel Capital, Carey worked at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) where he focused on rapidly growing later-stage and growth-equity investments in Internet & enterprise software companies. He actively worked with the following IVP portfolio companies: ArcSight (ARST), At Road (ARDI), (DEXO), Concur (CNQR), Cortina Systems, Danger (MSFT), Data Domain (EMC), Mobile365 (SAP), SuccessFactors (SFSF), Synchronoss (SNCR) and Yodlee (YDLE).

Carey also worked in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an Investment Banking Analyst focused on the software and financial technology sectors. His transaction experience included offerings for some of the leading technology companies in the world, including Blackbaud Software (BLKB), Computer Associates (CA), Hewlett Packard (HPQ), Sungard Data Systems (SDS), and Tibco Software (TIBX).

Earlier in his career, Carey worked at eBay in Business Development.

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


On Wharton Business Radio

Bay Area Ventures: December 3, 2018 Episode Featured ImageBay Area Ventures: December 3, 2018

Hosts Sam Brasch, Doug Collom, and Irina Yuen are joined by Carey Lai (Managing Director, Conductive Ventures) and Jason Brown (Co-Founder and CEO, Tally) on the Monday, December 3, 2018 edition of Bay Area Ventures.

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