Lake Dai is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and a partner at the venture capital firm, LDV Partners. Here at Carnegie Mellon, she is an adjunct faculty at our Silicon Valley campus, teaching students of our Software Management and Technology Ventures programs.
For 20 years, Lake has led product and engineering teams globally at Alibaba, Apple, Yahoo!, and Overture. She is a recognized expert in Search Engine, Ad Platform, Marketplace, Analytics, and Mobile Platforms and Applications, holding several U.S. patents in search algorithm, search tokenization, mobile data analytics, and mobile monetization.
In China, Lake was employee #84 at Alibaba, launching the first generation of profitable marketplace and travel products. At Yahoo! China, her team launched the first generation of web and vertical search products, tripling Yahoo!'s market share within one quarter.
In the U.S., as a co-founder Shinect, a non-profit acceleration program designed to connect Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs to China's market, she has been helping companies build successful products and profitable businesses. She also mentors start-ups at various incubators including 500 Startups, Muckerlab, Lab360 and Shinect.
Lake is on the Advisory Board of Women In Technology International (WITI), the premiere global organization empowering women in business and technology. She is also a Board Governor and Chairwoman of the US Chapter of QianChengHui, a non-profit organization which fosters entrepreneurship for Alibaba alumni worldwide.
Advice for Future Innovators
"Try to develop a product or service that can touch people's heart."
Integrated Innovation Courses
- Product Management
- Agile Marketing
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) - University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
- Bachelor of Science in Economics - Beijing International Studies University
Patents & Awards
Lake holds several U.S. patents in search algorithm, search tokenization, mobile data analytics, and mobile monetization.