Technology

Laura Chau

Principal / East Coast

Since 2014

Laura thinks about startups not just as businesses, but as carefully crafted works of art. At Canaan, she focuses on consumer technology. She previously worked in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice. She has also worked in sales and marketing functions within Kabam (acq. by Netmarble), Branch Metrics and Greenhouse, as well as working closely with Marie Kondo to launch the author’s product business. She holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Laura in 5

Travel: Love traveling in Asia (I get treated like a celebrity because of my height!)

Talent: Able to recite the US presidents backwards in less than 15 seconds

Dream Job: Clarinetist in a symphony orchestra

Interests: Reformed packrat after following (and working for!) Marie Kondo

Accomplishments: First job was selling potpourri door to door out of a red wagon

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Cosmopolitan: Did you know you can now checkout anywhere with just your phone?

Vogue: AI shopping apps are booming, but can they change the way we consume fashion?

Harper's Bazaar: 14 fashion apps to download now, featuring Nate

Laura Chau: Zoomtopia - What Zoom gets right and what it is still missing

Marie Claire: Amazing shopping apps you won't believe you've lived without

The Best of WoVen: Stepping into the unknown

The Best of WoVen: The importance of community

WWD: Nate is ready to handle your mobile checkouts

The Best of WoVen: Balancing work and family

The Best of WoVen: Combatting prejudice and inspiring change

Laura Chau: The next great consumer companies won’t be exclusive clubs. They will be inclusive cults.

The Best of WoVen: Self-care and how to look after body and mind

The Best of WoVen: Resilience and how to bounce back stronger

Laura Chau: Content consumption habits in the age of COVID (beyond just Netflix while you work)

Laura Chau: 6 consumer tech trends to watch in a post-COVID world

WoVen Podcast: Minting a thriving global marketplace of artists from a niche stationary brand - A conversation with Mariam Naficy

Laura Chau: Brud, identity and storytelling

Laura Chau: WhatsApp and the suppression of status

Laura Chau: Slack as a social app

Laura Chau: The status tipping point and the social <> status cycle

Laura Chau: Social media - A game of status

Fortune: This party kit startup’s new hotline could save the day this holiday season

Inc: Could this startup give Party City a run for their money?

WoVen Podcast: Keeping it real in business & fashion - A conversation with Julie Wainwright of The RealReal

WoVen Podcast: Beauty, burnout and bitcoin with the original Influencer, Michelle Phan

Town & Country: Draper James just launched perfectly preppy party decor with Coterie

People: Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James teams up with Coterie to design adorable tailgate accessories

WoVen Podcast: Building a brand (and a dream) with fewer, better things - A conversation with Karla Gallardo

WoVen Podcast: Feeding the world (and saving the planet) - A conversation with Julia Collins

WoVen Podcast: Whipping up magic, from cupcake mogul to serial entrepreneur - A conversation with Candace Nelson

Nina Kjellson: Introducing the WoVen Podcast, a series that celebrates remarkable women in healthcare, tech & business

Yahoo Finance Video: Coterie founders want to elevate the party experience

Laura Chau: What's rarer than a unicorn in Silicon Valley? A female VC.

TechCrunch: Coterie promises to deliver charming party kits to your doorstep

CNN: This startup makes your parties Insta-worthy

Laura Chau: A new way to party – with Coterie

Laura Chau: A prescription for how the healthcare industry can spark joy

Laura Chau: The beauty industry is ready for a makeover

Forbes: Three Canaan investors named to Forbes' 30 under 30

Maha Ibrahim & Dan Ciporin: Next generation investors for next generation entrepreneurs

Laura Chau: West to east

Fortune: The summer of venture capital promotions isn’t over yet

San Francisco Chronicle: eHarmony CEO wants to court the Tinder crowd

San Francisco Chronicle: Downfall of the mall – chains like the Gap and J. Crew face crisis

Laura in 5

Travel: Love traveling in Asia (I get treated like a celebrity because of my height!)

Talent: Able to recite the US presidents backwards in less than 15 seconds

Dream Job: Clarinetist in a symphony orchestra

Interests: Reformed packrat after following (and working for!) Marie Kondo

Accomplishments: First job was selling potpourri door to door out of a red wagon