Jade Lai

Venture Associate

Biography

Jade Lai

Venture Associate

Investment Associate Jade Lai helps identify, evaluate, and conduct diligence on Playground’s early-stage investment opportunities in the hardware space. Her areas of investment interest include home and car automation, augmented reality, drones, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Jade also works closely with Playground portfolio companies on developing go-to-market/ product strategies, building key partnerships, and connecting founders with top talent to drive measurable impact.

Prior to joining Playground, Jade was a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she specialized in asset management and alternative investments. At PwC, she also led cross-functional teams from valuations, controls, audit, and tax groups.

Jade, a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario, also runs a nonprofit organization she founded that provides feminine-hygiene products and health education to more than 600 girls in Kenya.


Co-Founder, The Wasichana Fund
Senior Associate, PWC
Microfinance Volunteer, Global Brigades