Lake Dai is an Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, and an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a partner at the venture capital firm LDV Partners. For 20 years she has led product and engineering teams globally at Alibaba, Apple, Yahoo!, and Silicon Valley tech startups. She is a recognized expert in Search Engine, Ad Platform, Marketplace, Analytics, Mobile Platforms and Applications, holding 7 US patents in search algorithm, search tokenization, mobile data analytics, and mobile monetization. In China, Ms. Dai was employee #84 at Alibaba, led the product team that launched the first generation of profitable products at Alibaba. At Yahoo! China, her team launched the first generation of web and vertical search products of China, tripling Yahoo!'s market share within one quarter.
In the US, as a co-founder of 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. Ms. Dai also mentors startups at various incubators including 500 Startups, Muckerlab, Lab360 and Shinect. As Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, she teaches Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and Product Management at master programs in College of Engineering. She is on the Advisory Board of Women In Technology International (WITI), and also a Board Governor and Chairwoman of the US Chapter of QCH, a non-profit organization which fosters entrepreneurship for Alibaba alumni worldwide.