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 Overture. She is a recognized expert in Search Engine, Ad Platform, Marketplace, Analytics, and Mobile Platforms and Applications, holding several US 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 US, 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.
As Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, she teaches Product Management of master's degree programs at Integrated Innovation Institute.
She 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.
Lake earned her MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business and her B.S. from Beijing International Studies University.