Laura Chau Named To Forbes 30 Under 30 List

By Daniel Smithson
The Gainesville Sun, Fla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Laura Chau works as a principal for “Canaan”, an early-stage venture capital firm focusing on investing in consumer technology companies.

The Gainesville Sun, Fla.

A former Buchholz High School student, who spent her time at the Gainesville high school playing clarinet and on the school’s championship math team, was recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in venture capital.

Laura Chau, 29, a 2007 Buchholz graduate, was named to the list that Forbes magazine puts out annually for the top 30 people working in venture capital under the age of 30.

Chau, who went to Hidden Oak Elementary School and Fort Clarke Middle School before heading to Buchholz, works in New York at Canaan, an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in innovative startups. Chau works as a principal for the company, focusing on investing in consumer technology companies.

Chau, who earned both bachelor’s and master’s in business administration from Stanford University, joined the firm in 2014.

“I lead investments in startups,” Chau said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I spend my time meeting with entrepreneurs and finding out whether (Canaan) wants to take an ownership stake in their company.

“If so, I’ll write the check and take a board seat with the company.”

Before Canaan, Chau found success as one of the first 20 employees at mobile gaming startup Kabam, which was acquired in 2017 by South Korea’s Netmarble Games for $800 million, she said.

And even before that, she had success early — graduating from Buchholz as salutatorian. She was an accomplished clarinetist, achieving first chair in the All-County Band, Tri-State Band and All-State Band.

She was also named to the National Wind Ensemble and performed at Carnegie Hall.

Being at a school known for its academics, she said, made her competitive, which she’s needed to stay afloat in the venture-capital industry.

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