What if you never had to waste your time with mindless tasks again? No more entering your shipping address. No more trying to remember your frequent flyer number. No more scrolling through your screenshots to find the sweater you wanted to buy that one time last Fall? Shouldn’t machines do…


Last week, Zoom hosted Zoomtopia 2020, their annual virtual user conference, and with it, unveiled several major product developments. Given the new reality of remote-work, remote-education, remote-concerts and remote-just-about-everything, it’s no surprise that Zoom is looking to expand its dominance as the backbone for remote communication broadly.

The two biggest…


The recent rise and fall of “👁👄👁 It Is What It Is” (IIWII) got me thinking about Silicon Valley’s obsession with exclusivity. Why do we always seem to talk about the impossible invites or the hidden corners of the internet that only a select group knows about? IIWII was a…


We are all watching more content these days.

I recently wrote about 6 trends to watch in a post-COVID world, and one of those six that is already front and center is the future of the content and media. Just look — Netflix reported adding almost 16M new subscribers last…


Creativity thrives within constraints. COVID-19, for better or worse, has provided some of the most unique constraints to test innovators’ prowess. …


This is one of a series of excerpts from my chapter in, Finding Genius by Kunal Mehta — available on Amazon . You can read my previous thoughts on the building blocks of social platforms here.

There is a common theory with most social media companies that there is a…


The following is excerpted from a chapter I wrote in the book, Finding Genius by Kunal Mehta — available on Amazon .

There comes a point when social networks hit their peak. In fact, most of the social media giants of today started 10–15 years ago — nearly an entire…


Coterie Founders, Sara Raffa and Linden Ellis

It’s not news that millennials have driven the experience economy. Today, 74% of Americans prioritize experiences over products or things. …


I recently finished binge-watching Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and after rifling through my apartment to see what still “sparked joy”the tidying maven’s mantra I began reflecting on the role of “joy” in healthcare. In December, at our Canaan Breakfast Club, we…


Earlier this month, I hosted Canaan’s inaugural Breakfast Club — a monthly gathering of entrepreneurs to share insights and build community. This month’s focus was the beauty industry.

Founders and operators from a new wave of companies were in attendance — including Glossier, Hello Ava, Nudest, Le Culture Club, The…

Laura Chau

VC @ Canaan Partners. Stanford University. Stanford GSB.

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